Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sea Pictures from DOVER: Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with some further coverage of the surrounding ports.

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Post 6766
  Sea News, Dover
Ferry consumed by the Sun - well perhaps not quite...

The Dazzling Sun on the Calais Dover run...

The Sun dominates we gaze at the striking skies of Monday morning. It was even more fab before the sun appeared. It was one of those special days for 'the sunrise extraordinaire'. Will aim to have another pic or two showing the sky prior to the sun appearing...bear with...

The ferry featured is the P&O Spirit of France....on the early run to Calais.
Had many more pictures, trying to select which ones to use was the difficult bit... Smiley nice problem to have!

Also.. in port is Hekla another general cargo/grain ship now over at WD4...the grain terminal. Will have pictures.


Wednesday, 22 January 2020 - 07:02
Post 6765
  Sea News, Dover
The Bow Sun oil/chemical tanker coming down the misty channel yesterday morning just before midday. She is on her way from Antwerp to Wilmington in the USA...the ship just caught the eye amongst many others...perhaps its the red colour...
See also the earlier post below...

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 07:56
Post 6764
  Sea News, Dover
Lady Rosebay departing last evening..
time of pictures 16.50 (or 10 minutes to 5 in old money!)

Although there was still some light, it was just that bit too dark by the time Lady Rosebay left the port last evening..we were hoping for a few longer range shots but it wasn't possible. The pictures above are in fact brightened up a tad but you can nevertheless just see the lights of Boulogne shimmering away in the distant background. Away she goes there with a full load of containers for Vlissingen, having been with us here in the Port of Dover for about 20 hours.

An image below from a former visit in brighter times...


Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 04:44
Post 6763
  Sea News, Dover
"I See No Ships...."
This is the scene yesterday morning Sunday at 07.41...yours truly gazes out and sees...
nothing at all ! Yikes Smiley

Gadzooks! Where is everybody!!?

No ferries at all.
Twenty minutes later one sees a ferry approaching in the distance...
I thought.. oh no more strikes or something...
but no.. all seemed to be normal upon investigation, perhaps 'twas just a glitch in the timing. Very unusual to see no ferries in Dover.

The picture below is a recent picture of Lady Rosebay. It was taken in mid December and shows the reefer over at the new western cargo terminal. Well she is back...will aim to get some pictures. The ship came in to port in the dead of night, probably close to midnight. Busy ship.. already been back and forth across the wide Atlantic since the picture was taken.

You can see in the pic below her bow facing towards the camera, facing east...this time her stern faces east. Interesting.. a change of preference already... puzzled ! Smiley


Monday, 20 January 2020 - 07:29
Post 6762
  Sea News, Dover
A general picture of the cranes today...they are normally situated at the new western cargo terminal WD5 but they are something of a 'moveable feast' and impressively you see them on 'walkabout' over at WD4...the new grain pier. also in picture you can just see, against the light, Fluvius Teign to the left. Both Fluvius Teign and Merit have left us now.


Sunday, 19 January 2020 - 07:31
Post 6761
  Sea News, Dover
MERIT arrives here at the Port of Dover
...catching up with these pictures at last, all taken on Wednesday around midday.

The sequence shows the strikingly coloured Merit arriving with a cargo of biomass timber and moving across the harbour to the new pier/cargo terminal WD5. You can see the dockside crew there in the last shot waiting to engage.
Don't miss the deal in the post below if you are thinking of popping over.Smiley


Saturday, 18 January 2020 - 07:00
Post 6760
  Sea News, Dover


P&O Pride of Hull

Dubbed the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday (20th January) marks the point when the Christmas lights have truly gone out, new year’s resolutions are already a distant memory and to top it all off, it’s still cold and dark. Helping you to sail through the blues, P&O Ferries has launched a series of incredible offers to take advantage of this January.

Dover to Calais – Free fuel when you sail

To help you on your way, P&O Ferries is offering a free fuel voucher worth £30 when you book a trip by 31st January, for travel up to 18th December 2020. The Dover to Calais crossing takes just 90-minutes and with up to 23 sailings a day, it ensures a flexible and streamlined experience. Whether you’re heading across the Channel to explore the grand boulevards and smart boutiques of Paris, to potter around one of France’s quaint market towns or to journey across the continent, there are a multitude of options at your fingertips.

If you simply can’t wait to get away, P&O Ferries is also offering £15 worth of free fuel to those who book a day trip to France by 12th February 2020, for travel between now and 14th February 2020. From exploring parts of the stunning Opal Coast which stretches out for 120km between Calais and Berck-sur-Mer, to visiting Nausicaa, Europe’s largest aquarium or learning about Calais’ fascinating role in the history of lace at the renowned Centre for Lace and Fashion, travellers will not be short of places to fill up their day.

Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge – 10% off North Sea routes

Sailing from England’s north east coast, travellers can snap up a 10% discount on P&O Ferries’ overnight sailings between Hull and Rotterdam and Hull and Zeebrugge. Valid for travel up to 30th December 2020, the offer is available on any single or return trip booked up to 31st January 2020. From these European ports, the only tricky decision is to decide where your end destination is. From the charming medieval town of Bruges, to up-and-coming design hotspot Rotterdam and beyond, there is a place to suit everyone’s desires.

Sarah Rosier, Director of Passenger Sales at P&O Ferries, said, "Here in the UK we’re so lucky to have the continent on our doorstep. Whether you buy into the January blues or not, what better way to end one of the coldest months of the year than by taking advantage of one of P&O Ferries’ exclusive offers."

For more information about P&O Ferries and details about the offers above, visit

Spirit of France


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Mike tipped me off to this one below passing on Wednesday evening....Dutch Assault Vessel Johan de Witt. Managed to get some late-in-the-day pictures and here we are...

"HNLMS Johan de Witt is the second Landing Platform Dock amphibious warfare ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy. It is an improved design of Rotterdam, which was designed in conjunction between the Netherlands and Spain. The ship, displacing 16,800 tons, was launched in February 2007. The motto of the ship is Ago Quod Ago, translated as I do what I do"

Courtesy Wikipedia

and finally...

Fluvius Teign loading grain late yesterday...
The second picture being a closer crop of the first to show more detail..hopefully..

Yes indeed Jan and Patrick...that's living the dream for sure (see 6755). A great story..Smiley

Well done Mike with the latest shots of both the traffic pictures and Fluvius TeignSmiley
Will have pictures of Merit along next.

My thanks to the team at P&O once again.Smiley



Friday, 17 January 2020 - 08:10
Post 6759
  Mike J., Dover

The British-owned Barbados-flagged FLUVIUS TEIGN came in from Tilbury before dawn on Thursday to load grain on WD4.

The Gibraltar-flagged MERIT came in Wednesday morning from the Swedish port of Sodertalje to discharge biomass timber on WD5 & is still alongside.

Friday, 17 January 2020 - 01:05
Post 6758
  Patrick, Marine Parade
Fascinating accounts on ‘living the dream’. Many thanks for taking the time to provide great insight into the history of this lovely vessel.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 22:40
Post 6757
  JanT , Dover
Great piece on Living The Dream, how many of us day dream about maybe sailing off and living a dream, to actually achieve it must be so rewarding.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 18:10
Post 6756
  Mike J., Dover

Most interesting post from the Archbolds re the elegant NOORDERZOON - a very interesting craft with quite a history.
Many thanks !

Further to Paul’s ’s Wednesday congestion photo, here’s a couple of late afternoon pix from the cliffs - the A2 & A20 were well bunged-up with freight as well but all looked pretty clear by midnight.
Efficient handling by DHB & the ferries !

Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 09:51
Post 6755
  Sea News, Dover

Living the Dream ……

Back in post 6526 Mike had pictures of Noorderzon and asked if anyone knew more....Patrick also had pictures in 6529...
well it brought this fascinating response from Gary and Jill below...


You asked for some information on our Dutch ship Noorderzon.

She was Built in Lieden in the Netherlands in 1900, she was built to service the marker bouys in the north sea, her job was to supply them with LPG to keep the lights lite, she was built for the Dutch Coast Guard, to go out in all weathers.

She was then a twin masted ship, with no engine, she would have been towed out to sea, and set sail from there, managed by one man & a boy.

In 1907 she had a small 10 HP engine installed, so she could leave on her own.
First stationed at Rotterdam, later moved to Dan Helder where she finished her days as a working ship.
Not much is known about her until 1964, when she was converted into a motor cruiser.

We have owned her since 2014, and we live on her, we cruised around in Friesland for 4 and a half years, before bringing her over to the UK, we are a British couple, living the dream.

Regards Gary & Jill Archbold (Noorderzon)

ps:I have attached a photo taken in 1907, and a brief history of Noorderzon

Further from Gary.....

....have added photo of our arrival in Dover, that's me on the stern, A local Dover man Mark Hughes, and his Son Harry at the wheel.
Thought it might add some interest.
Regards Gary

And here we are....

As mentioned, see also 6526 and 6529...just type the numbers in our SEARCH ENGINE above.

Many thanks to Gary and Jill for the info and pictures...Keep on "Living the Dream" Smiley
..shades of Riddle of the Sands there in some of the story, it drew a reminder as we were chatting Riddle of the Sands recently.

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Back to the daily fundamentals now with the picture below of the traffic chaos at 07.59 yesterday morning...the approaching lines of trucks controlled by the Police at the Port entrance...a little few let through here, a little few let through there. The weather out there was horrendous...leading to the backlog situation...


Thursday, 16 January 2020 - 06:12
Post 6754
  Sea News, Dover

Leading regional employer P&O Ferries welcomed students from Dover Technical College to its Contact Centre last week, to gain an understanding of potential career paths through a first-hand experience of the ferry and logistic company’s central customer service and bookings division.

Organised by P&O Ferries, 20 students – who are enrolled on the Travel and Tourism (Level 2 Diploma) course at the college – were hosted by the manager of the centre, Mark Hollingdale, who kicked the afternoon off with a careers talk and Q&A session.

The budding travel professionals were given a thorough overview of the crucial function of the Contact Centre, which handles thousands of bookings a week across all routes and focuses on providing exemplary customer service to meet the needs of all P&O Ferries’ customers. The students gained an understanding of the qualities and skills required to pursue a career within the centre and received advice on how to apply and where they could view current vacancies.

Following the talk, the group listened in to calls and spoke to employees, directly experiencing the varied nature of the roles as well as noting additional desirable skills such as speaking a second language. Career paths across other areas of the business were also discussed, demonstrating how an initial entry-level role within the Contact Centre could lead on to wider opportunities within the group.

Mark Hollingdale commented, "It’s always a pleasure to spend time with students who are destined to be the next generation of travel professionals and it’s important as a leading employer in the region, to take the opportunity to remind them that there are a wealth of career opportunities available through P&O Ferries."

Sacha Waite, Programme Director of Travel and Tourism at Dover Technical College, said: "We’d like to thank P&O Ferries for providing our students with valuable insight into what a career would be like within its Contact Centre. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their visit and found it very informative."

Josh, a student at Dover Technical College, added, "I would love to work at P&O Ferries’ Contact Centre. You have to start somewhere, and this would be a great way to kick start your career."

Jacqueline Burns, Business Transformation and Communications Manager at P&O Ferries, said, "Dover Technical College’s visit is just one of many that we organise for local schools and organisations throughout the year, with the aim to introduce students to the full spectrum of career paths available to them at P&O Ferries. The Contact Centre is a vital part of our operations and it represents a fantastic entry point for students who are keen to pursue a successful career within the maritime industry."

P&O Ferries has a workforce of over 4,000 people, spanning a diverse range of sectors. With a myriad of different career paths available, the ferry and logistics operator regularly partners with local organisations and schools to support interests and ambitions across the community.

For more information about career opportunities with P&O Ferries, visit


Pride of Canterbury

Top Picture: Mark Hollingdale, Contact Centre Manager at P&O Ferries, with students from Dover Technical College.
Many thanks once again to the team at P&O Ferries for the info.

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Below we have the Diana survey boat out in the harbour..well.. surveying..earlier in the week. Getting in the work before the onslaught of the fairly fierce weather we have experienced over the past couple of days...ferries were disrupted, traffic was chaotic, and the observation tower timbers were a-shiverin' and a-rattlin' …

...but all was briefly tranquil here below..

Diana Survey...



Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - 06:06
Post 6753
  Sea News, Dover
The Cormorants gaze on as tug Buffalo heads off for Rotterdam in the choppy waters of Sunday...

Longer range pictures there of Buffalo...the pictures this time are a tad similar but you cant have too much of a good thing ( so they say!) these follow along from yesterdays pictures both from Mike and myself...all round good meaty coverage!

Also on Sunday we had the arrival of Atlantic Reefer...just looking across the top of the French flagged DFDS ferry there as the ship approaches the port...after a long haul across the Atlantic.

Below entering the Port of Dover
Atlantic Reefer.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020 - 07:27
Post 6752
  Sea News, Dover

Following along from Mike's pictures in the post below of tug Buffalo...a couple more above there, taken as she left the Port yesterday sunday a short while after midday...just checking...time of first shot 12.51 in fact. I may have a couple more in due course...taken longer range after she left the harbour.

I took the one below across the rooftops as it were...just in case I missed the departure, as a kind of insurance policy. Now that some of the redevelopment structures have gone this old shot is back. That's a pub in the background there, or was...not sure if its still open. Yours truly sampled it a few times back in the day...

Don't miss Mike's right-on-the-spot collection below...excellent stuff there... Smiley
see also 5172 for former pix of Buffalo...


Monday, 13 January 2020 - 05:08
Post 6751
  Mike J., Dover

Sunday afternoon there was a little flurry of activity in Western Docks with three tugs & the HPL launch on the move & the arrival of the ATLANTIC REEFER from Paita, Peru.

The tug BUFFALO had arrived from Southampton late Friday & sailed for Rotterdam Sunday afternoon.

She ran stern first up the Wick.

Since her call at Dover last February [post 5172] she has changed her KOTUG ‘funnel’ logo to that of BELUDA TOWAGE, a major Spanish tug operator who have absorbed a number of wellknown tug companies.

Southampton tugwork is now mostly in the hands of Danish company Svitzer who operate worldwide & have a large presence in the Thames & Medway.

The HPL heading out with the reefer pilot aboard, followed by the DAUNTLESS.

Both DHB tugs had been busy during the day, assisting the ferries as well as the reefer.


Monday, 13 January 2020 - 00:48
Post 6750
  Sea News, Dover
Some further pictures now of superyacht Asgard as she leaves us here in Dover on Friday morning.
See also yesterdays shots and the other posts below..
We actually have some more pictures at our disposal too, but its probably best to leave it at this and not disperse it too far.

On her way above...
just nipping back a little in the sequence below and we see the pilot boat begin to turn away as Asgard nears the open sea...

SmileyGlad you enjoyed all that Del, yes a fascinating story that and the film of 'Riddle of the Sands' is a good watch. Thanks for the comments below there...

SmileyAnd thanks to Mike once again for the initial 'heads up'.


Sunday, 12 January 2020 - 06:38
Post 6749
  Del Styan, Norwich
Following from my last post, I have just read Erskine Childers Wiki entry, and must say, what a man. Thanks for that PB.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 23:07
Post 6748
  Del Styan, Norwich
I read "the Riddle of the Sands" a while ago, but never knew there was a film or TV show. I must look him up. Thanks for that piece of info.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 23:00
Post 6747
  Sea News, Dover
Superyacht ASGARD - leaving the Port of Dover on Friday morning...

Asgard: Great to capture this mighty yacht. Without Mike's tip-off I would almost certainly have missed it.
Interestingly..same name as the yacht owned by Erskine Childers long ago, a fascinating man...British Army Officer, then Irish Republican and of course legendary author. Said yacht now preserved in Dublin.

Watch for the film of his book The Riddle of the Sands
a film of gentle sailing and espionage,
it comes on TV from time to time starring
Simon MacCorkindale, Michael York, Jenny Agutter.

The red fishing boat in shot 3 is Royal Charlotte.

We may also have further pictures.

Smiley See also Mike's post 6745.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 06:08
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