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In addition to the myriad types of consumer and industrial items transported by ferry, the port has a busy schedule of weekly cargo arrivals. Boxes, Bananas, Pineapples, Grain, Fuel Pellets, Abnormal loads, Dover handles it all with ease!
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A visitor from the land of the
This attractive little coaster called at the port overnight to take on bunkers. She is the Henriette dating from 1971 and is a classic, pleasantly proportioned example of the typical output from the German shipyard of JJ Sietas from that era. She is registered in Torshavn, Faroe Islands and is fitted with her own 360 machine to enable her to be self unloading. She had recently anchored just down the coast near Dungeness where she unloaded 4050 tonnes of arnour rock for the ongoing coastal protection scheme. Each rock can weigh up to 7 tonnes. She sailed for the Norwegian port of Rekefjord, a couple of days away.
Dover had a brief visit from the Mekhanik Semakov today. She had previously sailed from Harwich with a cargo of packaged timber and has now left for her destination of St Malo, France. She is an interesting little cargo ship, one of nine in her class all completed between 1990 and 1992. The leadship was Mekhanik Yartsev and all are referred to as that class or type. She is registered in the northern Russian port of Archangel and is 2489 gross tonnes. Her owners, Northern Shipping Company (NSC) specialise in the shipping and transportation of timber products, the Semakov being a dedicated unitized timber carrier. As you can see, it was a lumpy disembarkation for the pilot as she departed. I did get a couple of cheery waves from the crew though! Just one fascinating aspect of your port at work. Safe passage to St Malo guys.
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The refrigerated cargo/container vessel Star First leaves Dover for Antwerp after discharging her containerised consignment of fruit at the port. DHB Dauntless takes the stern whilst DHB Doughty assists with the bow as she is manouvered off the berth in preparation for her Eastern Entrance departure. Once clear of the port the HPL prepares to disembark the pilot and return to port. This sequence of movements features in the ticker title at the top of this page.
One of two recent additions to Seatrade's refrigerated container fleet is seen here at the Dover Cargo Terminal on the 31st October 2013. The Messina Strait and her sister Magellan Strait were both regular visitors and are noticeable by their unusual profile. There is some doubt whether they will be returning to the port in 2014. Both vessels were handed over at Limassol, Cyprus, in May 2013.
The Biglift vessel Tracer unloads the 600 tonnes transformer and on to Allely's Heavy Haulage trailer on Sunday 8th December 2013. After initial unloading problems were overcome and the transformer was landed, the vessel sailed for the French port of Le Havre later the same day. This was an unusual shipping movement for Dover and many lessons have been learned as a result of handling something of this size and complexity. More details of this vessel and others in the fleet can be found at www.bigliftshipping.com
Seatrade's Cold Stream leaves the port and prepares to disembark her pilot during the summer of 2013. Dating from 1994 and with a launch name of Prince of Streams, this 8414 gross tonnes refrigerated cargo vessel, or "Reefer" is registered in the Netherlands Antilles and has called at Dover with bananas, melons and pineapples usually loaded in Costa Rica or Colombia, South America.
Seen from Langdon Cliffs, is the recent arrival in Dover of the coaster Arklow Rover, built in 2004 and owned by Arklow Shipping. She sailed on the 29th November 2013 and is due in Aveiro, Portugal on the 3rd December 2013. In common with her running mates, she is a tidy, well kept little coaster and a credit to her owners and crew.