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Post 7191
  Sea News, Dover
Isle of Inisheer
We promised a picture of the new addition to the Irish Ferries channel fleet and there it is...yes the Isle of Inisheer... picture taken yesterday morning Wednesday and since arrival the new ferry has been a busy busy bee...lots of trucks being carried all day. Its a smaller ferry but has an attractive different look...good for us photographers.

The situation with the P&O ferry Spirit of Britain is rather odd, all day yesterday Wednesday it made several runs to Calais but it appeared to be empty...still on 'trial runs' by the look of it, despite reports to the contrary in the national media.

UPDATE: P&O's Spirit of Britain coming into Port of Dover with a number of trucks onboard...time of this update 09.45 Thursday...So it looks like the P&O freight transporting has begun again in earnest. Will check further...

Thursday, 28 April 2022 - 06:51
Post 7190
  Sea News, Dover
Mein Schiff 3
Some fading light late evening postcard pictures there of the fab Mein Schiff 3 as she leaves Dover to continue her 7 day round trip cruise from Bremerhaven ...highlighting calls to Dover, Le Havre, Rotterdam....

Pictures taken late evening the 26th

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 - 20:09
Post 7189
  Sea News, Dover

P&O's Spirit of Britain may be back in working action today Wednesday but we will confirm that later.. she is no longer at pier Dover9 so she may be working. The picture above shows the ferry, bow inwards, at Dover9 yesterday Tuesday about to take bunkering services from a familiar 'face' .... bunker ship Duzgit Harmony ... afterwards she took another channel run..."sea trials" .. so all the signs indicate the Spirit is readying for action.

The pic below shows the small but delightfully formed Deutschland arriving with us here in Dover on 4.30pm approx...a late in the day arrival for a short stay..

Deutschland on a flying visit...
she is on a 10 day round trip from Bremerhaven..majoring on Rouen, Honfleur, Antwerp plus...
We will have pix of the impressive giant Mein Schiff 3 following soon..
Spirit of Discovery back in with us today....
Also the new Irish Ferry (no 3) Isle of Inisheer also delivering trucks/freight this, lots happening...

UPDATE: the Spirit of Britain did a straight run from Calais this morning..arriving at the Port of Dover at 10am precisely.
She did NOT appear to be carrying any freight. Nothing emerged. So it looks like an empty ship.
There was much media talk about her back with freight today, but not so far ...
they may take vehicles on the return journey but there is no queue at this time..10.38am.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 - 06:30
Post 7188
  Sea News, Dover
P&O's Spirit of Britain back in 'empty' action above on Monday afternoon (yesterday)...we presume on another 'sea trial' ... Yes picture was taken at 5pm yesterday just after she re-entered the Port of Dover. There is much talk of her resuming services this week but once again we have to wait and see on that one....

Below we have another shot of the Viking Venus arriving with us on Sunday....
Viking Venus

The smaller cruise Deutschland slipped in and out of Port yesterday
while today we have Mein Schiff 3 in port...a big one for sure ...

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 - 06:04
Post 7187
  Sea News, Dover
Viking Venus
Viking Venus was in with us again yesterday (Sunday 24). here she is arriving early fact at 07.30 exactly. Nice ship for sure. Venus is on a long cruise to Stockholm going up the Irish Sea route with many stops...first stop after Dover.. Dun Laoghaire Dublin, very nice, know it well...

Hurtigruten's Maud was also in Port yesterday. Always good to see Maud.

Below we see one of the Irish Ferries .. unfortunately at the time doing its bit for pollution. What ever the problem was it was soon fixed...we saw her again later in day and all was normal....whatever normal is...

Isle of Inishmore

A caption on the BBC website at the weekend, beneath a picture, says that P&O's Spirit of Britain has resumed services to Calais. This is hasn't. She rejoined Dover9 at 8.08 pm Saturday night, after sea trials, and has remained there since...unmoved...

The recent picture below shows Spirit of Britain at Dover9...that's the current we write at 07.30 Monday morning.

Monday, 25 April 2022 - 07:30
Post 7186
  Sea News, Dover
Further to the post below....

P&O's Spirit of Britain carried out trials in the channel for most of the day yesterday...she returned to her usual workaday operating slot on berth Dover9 last night at just a tad past 8pm...where she remains this morning at the time of writing 7am.

Sunday, 24 April 2022 - 07:05
Post 7185
  Sea News, Dover
Is this the return of P&O ??
picture taken a few moments ago as I write 07.30 Saturday...much activity...

Spirit of Britain, Pride of Kent...
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have said..." The Spirit of Britain has been released from detention...."
so we wait and see.

Saturday, 23 April 2022 - 07:34
Post 7184
  Sea News, Dover
The Spirit of Discovery at Cruise Terminal 2 Port of Dover
The Spirit of Discovery:
When you see a ship in its natural surroundings at Port, it gives you a sense of the scale of the things...Spirit of Discovery, quite large, dominating its immediate surroundings. In the foreground there you can see one of the craft of the Maritime Skills Academy..we think it is anyway,
Maritime Skills Academy below...extra shot from a former in the harbour at Port of Dover.
Maritime Skills Academy

Later in the day we see the Spirit of Discovery moving off...
Another one off to the captivating Fjords of of the Spirit taken on Wednesday April 20.

See also the Royal Navy below : HMS Tyne

Friday, 22 April 2022 - 06:55
Post 7182
  Sea News, Dover

As promised, the extra picture of HMS Tyne above there. The migrant crossings continue apace, fueled by the good weather, so both Royal Navy and Border Force will continue to be busy.. the picture was taken on Tuesday morning as Tyne passed the Port of Dover...

Thursday, 21 April 2022 - 07:05
Post 7181
  Sea News, Dover

HMS Tyne: Yesterday we got a better opportunity for a picture or two of HMS Tyne as she passed the Port and then lingered. The picture above was taken at 07.20 yesterday morning Tuesday April 19...quite exciting, all after the recent Easter celebrations ( frustrations! ) came to an abrupt halt...the schools were back... the politicians were back..

...It was still misty but just that bit clearer, that looks like DFDS ferry Cote d'Opale in the background there... We might have a close up of Tyne to follow..working on it..

Two cruise ships in today Spirit of Discovery and Viking Venus...

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 - 07:15
Post 7180
  Sea News, Dover

Yes the Royal Navy are back on the scene. Following along from our pix of HMS Blazer below, here we have HMS Tyne gently patrolling just off Dover on Easter Sunday April 17. Picture not hugely clear as it was quite misty, but you can feel the presence. We will hopefully get better pictures in due course. That's France in the background there and you can see how on some days it can appear to be a tempting short hop...

Tuesday, 19 April 2022 - 06:03
Post 7179
  Sea News, Dover
Happy Easter to All .....
The picture shows Dover Harbour early morn as the sun rises over piers Dover 8 and Dover 9.

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Another pic now below to follow the one in the previous post, shows the newly-on-the-scene Royal Navy.... in the shape of HMS Blazer...
HMS Blazer on Good Friday...see also below...

Saturday, 16 April 2022 - 19:49
Post 7178
  Sea News, Dover

The Royal Navy have arrived to help with the crises situation in the we have HMS Blazer entering the Port of Dover yesterday Good Friday in blazing sunlight, you can see the Naval vessel there towing in an abandoned dinghy. There have already been criticisms re the Navy's deployment but....

Saturday, 16 April 2022 - 08:02
Post 7177
  Sea News, Dover
The Channel Migrant Crises.
The picture above was taken on Wednesday, a day when 600 migrants crossed the channel in small boats. The shot above.. not the best quality as was taken through the gloom and enhanced so all can see... but yes you can see the back-up Lifeboat above there with migrants all over it front and rear .... it was a frantic day for this particular Lifeboat, all day long just ferrying too and fro at pace...

The new policy of shipping these channel-crossing migrants to Rwanda, announced yesterday by the government, strikes us as heartless and cruel. It is also notoriously expensive, as pointed out on BBC's Newsnight last night, when Australia did similar with only very minor success, it staggeringly cost that country the equiv of 1.9 Million English Pounds per migrant....

Added some extra recent pictures there...

Friday, 15 April 2022 - 06:33
Post 7176
  Sea News, Dover
Hurtigruten Expedition ship MAUD arriving with us here in Dover on Tuesday morning...

She has been making numerous trips from here to the Fjords in recent can see her here entering the Port of Dover through the western entrance/exit. It's unusual to see cruise ships entering through the western end, but at the time of arrival the tugs were busy shifting one of the P&O ferries about ( Pride of Kent) at the eastern end of things. A further inspection we reckon .....those inspections not going well at the time of writing...according to reports.

But back to Maud...yes always good to see Maud. She left later the same day, Tuesday April 12, heading for Fishguard we understand....presumably a stop en route ...

Thursday, 14 April 2022 - 06:12
Post 7175
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAmar arriving at the Port of Dover

AIDAmar: the picture above shows AIDAmar arriving at the Port of Dover on Monday April 11 at 07.22. This is the third AIDA ship in a row and all in immediate succession. The other fab AIDA ships are featured just below...AIDAdiva and AIDAluna.
AIDAmar is on an 11 day one way cruise from Las Palmas to Germany...calling at exotic places like Tenerife, Madeira, Lisbon, La Coruna, Dover etc etc..... and very exciting it all is too...

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The news is filtering through that P&O's ferry the Spirit of Britain, currently resting on the Eastern Arm here in Dover, has not been given the all clear to resume services following an inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency...we understand that the Pride of Kent is also in the same situation. P&O had been hoping to get back in action before Easter but we now must wait and see how this develops.

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 - 05:53
Post 7174
  Sea News, Dover

AIDAluna paid us a weather related visit twice in a few she is arriving the second time at 6am precisely on Saturday morn April 9. We have a batch of pix but just selected that one there...since then AIDAmar has come in...that was yesterday as I write. And, we've had Diva too. As all the AIDA ships are near identical, we've had a flurry of three so far in quick succession, it looks like we're putting up multiple pictures of the same ship !! But no....
However....We will have a picture of AIDAmar shortly...all fab ships of course.

More... Yesterday in the Port we spotted another Irish Ferry (Ferry no3), it's all happening with Irish Ferries! (see the posts below too).....this time called the Isle of Inisheer. We spotted her at Dover9 presumably doing berthing trials. We have a bog-standard sleep-inducing picture but have held back until we get something better. But yes exciting times, one way or another... this should help ease the trucking backlog. So the theory goes anyway.

The three Irish Ferries currently in Dover are..
Isle of Inishmore
Isle of Innishfree
Isle of Inisheer
so there we are ... how this develops we wait and see.

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 - 05:09
Post 7173
  Sea News, Dover
Isle of Inishmore:

As the shots immediately below just show the Isle of Inishmore head-on in wild weather, we thought we would show her today from a different angle so we get the full ship image as it were...and of course pictured on a different day too as you can see... when all was delightfully tranquil...

Monday, 11 April 2022 - 07:11
Post 7172
  Sea News, Dover
The Isle of Inishmore
Looking across controversial P&O's currently 'redundant' ferry Spirit of Britain, still resting at Port, we see an approaching Irish Ferry, the Isle of Inishmore, on a bracing/rough ol' day on Thursday April 7th. Although rough for sure, it was fresh and colourful, and made a change photographically anyway from all the recent grey stuff. Wild and fresh...

The Isle of Inishmore in wild conditions.

The Irish Ferries and the DFDS ferries are keeping the trade flow flowing...well done them. The trucking tailbacks surrounding Dover still stretch back miles although the town itself is clear due to increased policing.

The P&O ferry in shot was at pier Dover9 at the time, but yesterday was moved to the eastern arm. The Pride of Kent came to Dover8 but that's now on the old cargo terminal. Dizzifying shuffling....

Saturday, 9 April 2022 - 06:13
Post 7171
  Sea News, Dover
MS Hamburg
As promised, MS Hamburg as she arrived in Dover on Wednesday but wow was it a grey you can see.......
She was actually on something of a marathon 34 day cruise starting in Lisbon and initially going south...Casablanca, Marrakesh, and so on, eventually coming northwards again, and in the fullness of time reaching us here in Dover, then on to ..yes you've guessed it...Hamburg! Pictured Wednesday April 6, time of shot 07.33

Friday, 8 April 2022 - 07:49
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