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Post 6666
  Sea News, Dover

Dover Sunrise:

A couple of extra 'gloomy' sunrise pictures designed to run in harmony with the picture currently at top of page. Meant to use them earlier in the week but with one thing and another...Pictures taken about a week ago...all natural, nature doing the work.

An enjoyable 'Famous Five' from Ted below, very interesting post indeed. Don't miss those pix. Smiley


Friday, 22 November 2019 - 07:44
Post 6665
  Ted, Canterbury
"Five liners from the past"
The Cunard liner CARONIA......Looks familiar....Later became the SAGA RUBY.

The SAGA ROSE sister ship to the SAGA RUBY.

The PRINSENDAM. Recently sold and renamed AMERA.

The BRAEMAR just before she was lengthened in a dry dock at Hamburg.

The BLACK PRINCE. a former North Sea ferry.One of Freds early cruise ships.

Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 16:59
Post 6664
  Sea News, Dover

"Smoke on the water...Fire in the sky"
Well not exactly but this exciting phenomenon is quite rare...yet nature put on this foggy display for our delight and delectation on Tuesday morning. Not that early either so easily see-able. Time of first shot above 07.53. That picture looking more into the sun so showing a tad more 'fire'...below looking a smidgen further westward.
Fog on the water...

Just caught Elvira departing for Vlissingen on same day, just got the one pic before she disappeared from immediate view..

Just came across this one below again recently. I took the pic a few years ago but recently spotted it on Google...had forgotten all about it. But here is Elvira again and in very rough weather, and here's the thing... in the very same spot...just a-coming rather than a-going..
Rough weather in Dover...

Nice collection below from Mike...don't miss those pix showing some of the Border Force team ..Smiley


Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 07:10
Post 6663
  Mike J., Dover
On 18/11 three Border Force patrol vessels were noticed in the Tidal Basin, with the NIMROD joining the SPEEDWELL & HUNTER.
All three remained alongside on Wednesday.

The NIMROD was last noted in Dover almost a year ago [post 5938 when again three PVs were in port].

Crewmembers that I met were understandably a little cagey about whether all three were to remain in Dover

On the same day I noticed that the ALERT had left the boatyard where she had been blocked-up for some time.
Neither her or the NIMROD had their AIS switched-on, so it wasn't possible to see their recent movements.

The odd shapes & colours in the smart chromed nameboard are reflections of 'stuff' in the Tidal Basin.


Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 02:55
Post 6662
  Sea News, Dover



After receiving a record number of over 180 applications, ten new recruits have been selected to join P&O Ferries apprenticeship scheme - the two-year course commences this month.

The trainees, aged between 18 and 26, come from a variety of backgrounds in Kent, including a former railway worker, security guard, retail supervisor and two P&O Ferries stewards.

Seven members of the group are in training to become Deck Ratings and three members as Engine Ratings, with the course resulting in a SQA Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies, certified by the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

The full group are employed on a 'Shoreside Learning Contract', meaning that they will split their time between the classroom and at sea. They will spend three one-month periods at the National Maritime Training Centre at North Kent College learning essential skills, which they will then put into practice on board. While at sea, the trainees will gain additional insight from former apprentices who are now in full-time employment with P&O Ferries, as well as individuals from the operators officer cadet programme.

Commenting on the programme, trainee Blaze Robson-Davis, aged 19, said, "My family has a seafaring background and recommended it to me. It is a good life and you get to see a lot of the world at the same time which really appealed to me."

Fellow apprentice, James Goudie, aged 25, added, "What attracted me to apply is the fact that P&O Ferries put your career progression first and the apprenticeship offers a better salary than I would have been able to get elsewhere. I cant wait to be on board."

Mike Willis, Learning and Development Advisor at P&O Ferries, said: "We received a huge amount of interest in our scheme this year and are pleased to welcome our new apprentices to the P&O Ferries family. Our scheme is geared to set individuals up for life, which is reflected through the quality of training we provide and the significant investment we place in each persons progression."

P&O Ferries launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2014 and has since welcomed four successful cohorts to its Dover to Calais route.

Applications for the next apprenticeship scheme open next summer....
To register for job alerts visit

Image above:
The P&O Ferries 2019 Apprenticeship Intake:
Front row (L to R): Stefan Palmer, Joel Venner, Ryan Sarahs, Blaze Robson-Davis and Alex Roberts
Back row (L to R): Jack Marsh, Liam Care, Jordon Newport, James Goudie and Jack Smith

P&O Ferries...
The Spirit of Britain above and below...
with the addition of Border Force Vigilant...ever vigilant...


Many thanks to the team at P&O Ferries for the top picture and for the information.
A nice shot of the lads there...good luck to them.



Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 06:10
Post 6661
  Sea News, Dover

The picture above shows Elvira just after arriving in Port last evening...just catching the late-in-the-day glow of sunlight. She is moving gently and elegantly towards the Cargo Terminal...both tugs lending assistance, one out of shot. She is not scheduled to stay here in Dover for long... will be on her way to Vlissingen shortly, having arrived here from Paramaribo.

Winding back the clock to earlier yesterday, time of first shot 09.53, and we see the Air Ambulance approaching Dover Castle...

The helicopter cant have been on the ground for more than 7 to 10 minutes...then she was off again in the picture below...moving away westward over the Castle. As of yet I haven't been able to find any further info relating to the visit.

Nice pictures and info below..always good to see Seeker up close..Smiley


Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - 06:12
Post 6660
  Cyril Jackson, Dover
Arrival of Border Force cutter SEEKER returning to her berth at Ramsgate on 16/11.

Impressive & good-looking vessels, the ‘gun’ on the foredeck is not what it seems, it is in fact a fire-fighting ‘monitor’

So if WW3 breaks out SEEKER won’t be able to blast our enemies out of the water, but will at least be able to give them a good soaking.

In Dover on Monday, Border Force patrol vessels SPEEDWELL & HUNTER had been joined by NIMROD.

ALERT, blocked-up in the boatyard for some weeks [post 6596], has left Dover for an unknown destination & is not showing on AIS.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 - 02:21
Post 6659
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover breaks fundraising record at this year’s Regatta

The Port is delighted to announce that the 2019 Port of Dover Community Regatta raised a total of £7,500 for charity; the largest amount it has ever generated. This year’s event attracted around 10,000 people to the beach and town in one day.

For the first time, the funds have been split between three local charities chosen by the Port – Dover SmART Project, Pegasus Playscheme and Wetwheels. Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, and Amanda Stewart, event manager for the Regatta presented the three charities with their cheques this week.

Amanda Stewart, Senior Property Executive at the Port of Dover said:
"The Regatta is such a fun and lively event, bringing the local community together every summer to enjoy the very best that the seafront has to offer. We always aim for the event to be even more successful every year, so I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve reached our fundraising record. Most importantly, we are able to spread the funds across three really important charities within the local area."

The Regatta celebrated its 7th year on 4th August 2019, with a huge, energetic program which was the biggest yet. For the first time ever, the Port hosted an Open Air Cinema screening of The Greatest Showman on the beach at dusk. Other highlights were a giant inflatable assault course, a 7.5 metre high climbing wall and Segway’s, plus the much-anticipated Community Raft Race. All funds raised from the event were donated to charity.

Dawn Maddison, Founder of Dover SmART Project said:
"The Smart Project is absolutely delighted to have received such an amazing donation. For us as a small local charity, this will have a huge impact and enable us to keep supporting our community."

Sue Clark, Chairman of Pegasus Playscheme said:
"This will be our starting block for 2020 and will help us so much. We are extremely grateful and proud of our town."

James Salmon, Director of Wetwheels added:
"We will dedicate this money towards themed Wetwheels experiences in 2020 that are aimed at the local Dover community; enabling disabled and disadvantaged people to experience the thrill of powerboating and our beautiful White Cliffs of Dover coastline."

The Port has recently announced that the 2020 Community Regatta will be on Sunday 9th August .


Excellent news above there...truly great to see those charities benefitting.Smiley

PaulB .. Interesting collection from Ramsgate below from Mike...don't miss those! Smiley

Monday, 18 November 2019 - 07:15
Post 6658
  Mike J., Dover
A quick visit to Ramsgate on Saturday morning found a couple of interesting vessels amongst the usual windcats & other 'residents'

The workboat FORTH TROJAN was on the Commercial Quay, having come in from Eemshaven & was still alongside on Sunday night.

The large windcat CWIND FULMAR was on the visitor's pontoon but later moved to tie up amongst the other windcats in the centre of the Outer Harbour.

Estuary Services Ltd's pilotboats ESTUARY ELAN & ESTUARY LEADER awaited their next call of duty.

My departure from Ramsgate was delayed a little with the lucky arrival of the Border Force cutter SEEKER.

Monday, 18 November 2019 - 01:32
Post 6657
  Sea News, Dover

Border Force Seeker:

These pictures were taken on Friday at midday and you can see how rough it is/was out there. Border Force Seeker was powering through at speed from west to east, the vessel always ready to deal, from one minute to the next, with possible further emergencies … its ongoing...

From the BBC

Two boats carrying 17 suspected migrants have been intercepted off the Kent coast. Border Force said it was alerted to one of the dinghies in the Channel at 22:40 GMT on Thursday and the other at 00:15 GMT on Friday.

Eleven Iranian and Iraqi men, and a boy were onboard the first boat and five Iranian men were on the second.

Eight boats carrying more than 90 migrants have crossed the Channel since 8 November.


So the alert for the Border Force goes on. The sea was terribly rough...not the weather for potentially lethal dinghy crossings.
UPDATE: We understand a further three migrant boats were intercepted today SUNDAY...the weather was a tad easier today, easier than in the pictures shown here from Friday.

Yours truly tried zooming in below but it didn't work. The picture is poor, debated whether to incude it...but it conjures up the rough day in its own way... Time of first picture 12.15 Friday.


Sunday, 17 November 2019 - 07:37
Post 6656
  Sea News, Dover
Looking West: Western Docks Dover.

Rough Days in Dover: Much rain has fallen...and when you look at the skies in the pictures above you can see why. This was the situation in Dover on Thursday mid morning. The sun was still battling to get through but gave up before too long...the dark menacing clouds took over and the rains came...

As the pictures are wide landscapes ..have tried to push them so they show that bit larger so all can see well...

Well done Ted below Smiley...a great fast 'Famous Five' collection of Seacats there, hugely enjoyable. Yours truly only had one run on a Seacat, to Boulogne it was, if I'm remembering correctly. Enjoyed it .. so very interesting to see those pictures.
Great stuff Ted!

Smiley Ah Yes Del the Hovercrafts supplied a mixed bag of emotions, up and down! ...the Seacats as shown were a tad easier for the traveller but all were exciting in their own way.


Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 06:43
Post 6655
  Del Styan, Norwich
Ahh the Hovercraft. Happy yet not so happy memories. Great idea, but not so good in practice. Fast - yes, but noisy, shuddery, and coudn't see a thing out of the windows because of the spray.
Sorry to see them go, but the ferry was a much nicer, if longer experience.

Friday, 15 November 2019 - 22:56
Post 6654
  Ted, Canterbury
"Five from the past" Now just a memory...The "Fast Craft" era at Dover Western.
Hoverspeed's DIAMANT.

Hoverspeed Great Britain.Holder of the Blue Riband. Fastest Atlantic Crossing.

Seacat Danmark

Seacat Scotland

Speed Ferries SpeedOne.

Friday, 15 November 2019 - 16:29
Post 6653
  Sea News, Dover
General Roundup: While photographing the Pride of Burgundy at the Cruise Terminal, the photogenic Noordhoek Pathfinder drifted into view once you will have seen in yesterdays pix. That's an extra picture above there which also shows the lighthouse at the end of the one time Prince of Wales Pier. As mentioned in the UPDATE at the base of yesterdays post...the Pride of Burgundy has vacated the Cruise Terminal and is now back in action.
Recent picture above there of two Border Force patrol boats as they return to base...on the left we have Hunter and on the right..Speedwell. The Border Force continue to have a very busy time with yet more migrant boats picked up. The ordeal goes on...neither of the main political parties appear to have a cohesive plan on immigrants or immigration...its like a chocolate bar - all fudge!

A couple of pictures below of a huge platform being towed down the Channel a few days ago. The pictures are not very clear for some reason but thought it worth including them nonetheless... have the name of the dual tug team somewhere...yes here we are...Karmarina and Carlo Martello.


Friday, 15 November 2019 - 06:58
Post 6652
  Sea News, Dover

On 1st November the Port of Dover became the first port in the country to be a granted its own legislation for the restriction of flying drones in or over the Port. The Port made the application, which has been granted by the UK Government, because it is a site of critical national infrastructure. It was therefore decided that it was in the interest of public security to make the order.

The order means that there is a flight restriction of 1000ft above sea level and a 2.25 mile radius covering the Port's estate for unmanned aircraft (typically known as drones).

*Unmanned aircraft operating with the permission of Port of Dover Police are exempt from this order. Permission will be granted on a case by case basis.

The Pride of Burgundy continues to linger at the Cruise Terminal...Cruise Terminal 2 to be precise. While taking some pictures yesterday the Noordhoek Pathfinder conveniently wandered into the viewing path. The second picture below is a crop of the above but am just carrying out some testing on this one...testing 1,2,3,4,...Smiley

The Pride vessels have been such stalwart 'workhorses' for P&O, one cant but admire their resilience and it only becomes apparent when they stop. Here are a couple of Burgundy pictures from our archives below... from the days when our pictures here were even smaller...

Sid the Seagull playing a big part as ever above.

The top 2 pictures above were taken yesterday, but we switch back to Tuesday night now for the picture below. Its 8PM and through the darkness and gloom the Lombok Strait readies for departure with the help of both tugs. Yours truly had a stab at a picture even though the odds were against us....and here we are...she was off to Bridgetown I believe..

To my surprise I've just found this one below...had obviously attempted a night shot before of Lombok Strait...totally forgot...well here we are an added extra...

Hugely enjoyable further collection from Sunday below. Mike was right on the spot. Don't miss that post below..Smiley


UPDATE: the Pride of Burgundy left the Cruise Terminal mid morning and now appears to be back in action.

Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 06:57
Post 6651
  Mike J., Dover
More from Remembrance Sunday.

Dover Lifeboat CITY OF LONDON 2 came down to Capel to watch the Poppy Drop before heading off beyond Folkestone to continue her Sunday morning exercises.

As WET WHEELS returned to Dover, Border Force patrol vessel SEEKER was entering Western ahead of us towing a RIB & we passed her in the bay as she was shortening her tow before berthing at the Tug Haven, where Border Force cutter VIGILANT was already alongside.

Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 02:21
Post 6650
  Sea News, Dover

Ferry giant DFDS launches new apprentices in careers at sea

Leading ferry operator DFDS has begun to make the dreams of a sea faring career come true for nine new apprentices

Ferry giant DFDS launches new apprentices in careers at sea. Leading ferry operator DFDS has begun to make the dreams of a sea faring career come true for nine new apprentices from east Kent.

DFDS has launched its sixth programme of apprenticeships which it hopes will deliver the ships captains and chief engineers of the future. DFDS was the first maritime company to offer these apprenticeships.

The group were formally welcomed into DFDS at a launch event at the Dover Marina Hotel on Monday 7 October 2019.

Vice President of Human Resources and Crewing, Gemma Griffin, told the new recruits that there was no limit to the careers they could forge for themselves. She said: ‘Future captains and chief engineers are here in this room. You can go all the way in this organisation and we have a lot of examples of that in DFDS.’

Ms Griffin began DFDS apprenticeship programme in 2012 after a staff survey revealed a need for new recruits. She said: ‘We wanted to reach out particularly to people in the Dover area to say there are great careers and opportunities for you, and we would get new recruits into DFDS as a result. Each apprentice starting today is guaranteed a job with us when they finish.’*

Now on the sixth apprenticeship programme, for the first time this year, external applicants were invited to spend a week of work experience at sea to find out if they would be suitable. The week at sea proved to work for both DFDS and the apprentices.

Seventeen year old Eliot Worsell from Elmes Vale, Dover, said: ‘I enjoyed it so much after that week I knew I wanted to have this career and signed up as soon as I could. I want to go as far as possible with my career, there’s no limit.’

The apprenticeship programmes last from 18-24 months with onboard training and courses in the classroom based at North Kent College.

The nine divide into 5 deck and 4 engine apprentices. The deck scheme enables trainees to become fully qualified Able Bodied Seafarers. The engine scheme enables workshop skills with the ultimate goal to become a Fitter.

In first instance apprenticeships were offered to family and friends of current employees and to qualify, recruits had to: –

1.Live in Dover or surrounding areas
2.Aged between 17 years and 6 months and 24 years
3.Minimum of Grade C in GCSE Maths and English/Functional Skills
4.Medically fit and able to pass Medical Fitness Test
5.Willing to live on board and live away from home during College phase

Following lunch with their families and DFDS staff, the students left to begin their apprenticeship. The first four weeks training will begin with aspects of seamanship and workshop scenarios. The MNTB designed Apprenticeship course is a two-year training programme which gives students the foundations for a career at sea.

During this apprenticeship, the students spend significant periods of time at sea, maintaining the safety and security of the vessel, cargo and personnel on board, and undertaking a range of practical seafarer skills covering ropework, anchoring and mooring activities and operations.

The nine recruits are:

Eliot Worsell, Dover
Louis Radley, New Romney
Lewis Rembridge, Deal
Robert Coughlan, Guston
Callum Amos, East Studal
Michael Snuggs, Dover
Bradley Watkinson, Walmer
Charlie Abbott, Dover
Lloyd Castillo, Ashford

The apprentices experienced fire-fighting training with North Kent College on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

Life at sea.....


Good luck to all the new apprentices above there.... Smiley
Many thanks to DFDS once again.

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Welcoming Tug Doughty back into the fray ( or should that be back into the spray!)
She's been away for a refit but now returns in style, working alongside Dauntless as per usual...

Below we have a pic of the Pride of Burgundy over at Cruise Terminal 2 where she has been now for several days.
There is obviously a problem of some sort... although this does happen occasionally, its rare. Also in shot you can just make out ( through the blinding light! ) dredger David Church.

Really excellent post below from our 'inshore correspondent' Mike...capturing the poignant poppy drop.. Smiley



Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - 07:00
Post 6649
  Mike J., Dover
A small flotilla of small craft, including WET WHEELS [post 6372] left Dover in blustery conditions on Remembrance Sunday for the flypast & a massive drop of poppies over the Battle of Britain Memorial.

On arrival off Capel the clifftops were packed & apparently there was traffic chaos in the village with some very inventive parking.

At 1300 & on time the three aircraft appeared, a Dakota that had flown in D-Day operations escorted by two Spitfires & accompanied by a yellow Harvard, a prewar military training aircraft from the U.S. acting as a ‘camera ship'.

Two ‘poppy runs’ were made, the 750,000 poppies appearing in the distance as puffs of red smoke - an impressive sight & a wonderful gesture to the memory of all those who fell in conflict & to surviving injured veterans.

The four aircraft, all from the ‘Aero Legends’ fleet, carried on past Dover before returning to North Weald Airport in Epping Forest.

For more details of the aircraft google ‘Aero Legends’
There is also excellent coverage of the ‘Poppy Drop’ in their ‘News’ section.

The poppies [bio-degradable] were carried in the brisk easterly wind over Folkestone & apparently a large number landed in Sainsbury’s carpark . . . . . .

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 - 02:08
Post 6648
  Sea News, Dover

Port of Dover’s White Cliffs Christmas spectacular returns bigger than ever for its fourth year

Experience a truly magical white Christmas this year, as Dover’s charming Cruise Terminal One is transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland, with the stunning white cliffs setting the scene in the background. White Cliffs Christmas is kindly supported by DFDS.

Father Christmas and his elves will be there to see everyone on this year’s naughty and nice list and the undercover ice rink will be the biggest yet at 440 metre squared, meaning more people than ever can skate inside the beautiful marine station. Around 30 christmas market stalls will offer festive treats, crafts and unique gift ideas for loved ones.

Barbara Buczek, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Dover said:

"White Cliffs Christmas is a wonderful festive extravaganza for locals and those further afield - we can’t wait to spread some Christmas magic around Dover. Now in its fourth year and with more festivities than ever before, White Cliffs Christmas is the perfect winter celebration."

Opening times and prices – opens 1st December *all events are wheelchair friendly

Entry into the event and car parking are free

Skating, sponsored by DFDS (last skate session is one hour before closing)

• Thursday evenings from 5pm until 8pm
• Friday evenings from 5pm until 9pm
• Saturdays from 10am until 9pm
• Sundays from 10am until 7pm
• 19 December 10am until 8pm
• 20 & 21 December until 9pm
• 22 & 23 December until 8pm
• 24 December 10am until 7pm 27 December – 01 January open from 11am until 6pm

• Child £8.00
• Adult £10.00
• Family £30.00 (family of 4)

Father Christmas grotto, sponsored by Walker Construction

• 11:00 – 18:00 Saturdays and Sundays
• 11:00 – 18:00 from Thursday 19 Dec – Sunday 23 Dec
• 10:00 – 13:00 on Christmas Eve

• £10 entry

The Christmas Market will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 6pm, and every day from 19 to 24 December.

Due to popularity, we recommend booking advance. To book, or for more information visit For schools or large group bookings please contact for a bespoke package.


Always a very exciting event and in a great location. Smiley

Monday, 11 November 2019 - 07:43
Post 6647
  Sea News, Dover
Remembrance …..

Sunday, 10 November 2019 - 06:00
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