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Independent shipping news, photography and more from the Dover Strait.
Independent shipping news, photography and more from the Dover Strait.

Offshore & Survey etc

Vessels of all types working in the offshore sector visit the port from time to time. Some to lay over and take on stores etc and others arrive to work in the port. Below are a few images of some of them.


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Delta Marine's multicat Voe Earl. Currently the most powerful of her type available with a bollard pull of 58 tonnes, she is currently conducting surveys in and around the port.



Brand new and in for shelter:
This multipurpose offshore vessel is Inne K, constructed in the Netherlands, she is currently on delivery voyage to French owners Jifmar Offshore Services, her next planned port of call being Southampton. Currently laying over at the Cruise Terminal, as soon as the weather improves this capable little craft will be on her way again.



02.11.15. Excel Marine Services windfarm support vessel E.M.S. Viking, laying over in the Wellington Dock.


Geosurveyor 4 working in the Outer Harbour during October 2015.



The multi-purpose vessel Suffolk Spirit lays over on CT1. Tragically a crew member was believed to have fallen overboard, the subsequent search operation by Dover Lifeboat and port vessels failed to find the 61 year old person.




Test boring continues in the port in connection with the Dover Western Docks Regeneration (DWDR) The Jack Up Barge Coastal Explorer has been working in the outer harbour together with the Multicat vessel Willendeavour (second image).


TOPJACK is a brand new jack up work barge with a 250 tonne deck capacity. It is anticipated that she will be working in the port later this year. The images below show her getting her sealegs!  

Top Jack has her leg extensions fitted....
And goes up in the world......

01.02.15 The survey vessel Wessex Explorer lays over in the tidal basin. 

She is strategically based in the Solent on the south coast of the UK, well positioned to service British and northwest European inshore survey requirements. This versatile vessel is equipped with an A-frame and large wheelhouse / laboratory making it ideal for hydrographic, geophysical, oceanographic and environmental services.

29.01.15 Under gloomy skies Trinity House Vessel (THV) Alert arrives at Dover after carrying out an intensive sonar search for the missing Belgian trawler Morgenster. Debris from the missing trawler including timber and a lifejacket has now been found west of the french port of Boulogne.
Morgenster, the "Morning Star" is a tragedy that all at sea are faced with every day. This includes our brave lifeboat crews who are often the unsung heroes of our maritime nation. We should salute them all.

Solent Guardian in the Wellington Dock. Photo: Mike Jackson.
Solent Guardian is currently in the Wellington Dock.
She is a recent addition to the Briggs Marine fleet and is owned by Briggs Commercial Ltd. Under the terms of a 15 year contract with the Environment Agency she is available to them for 1
6 days each month, more if there is demand to do so. They are then available for charter by third parties for the remaining days. The new vessel replaces the smaller more conventional vessel Sea Vigil. She, along with her fleet mates is a fully equipped fisheries and survey vessel with the capability to undertake a wide range of offshore assignments. In collaboration with Briggs Marine and Australia’s Incat Crowther, Solent Guardian is the fourth 18.3m catamaran built by Mustang Marine and completes an update of the Briggs fleet. She has a normal crew of 2 and accomodation for up to 10 technicians and scientists.

For more information and a full specification of Briggs vessels, please visit:

Photos: & Mike Jackson.
Text: & Briggs Commercial Ltd.


13.10.14 Normally kept busy at the French port of Boulogne, the tug Boulonnaise stood in for DHB Dauntless during her refit.

Holyhead Towing's Afon Cefni leaves the western docks to take up duties with her rock barge near Dungeness in January 2015.


Toplift is currently alongside in the Wellington Dock. She is a brand new UK built workboat. Photos copyright Details below courtesy Meercat Workboats:



Owners take delivery of their RT18 'Dual Crane' 
18m x 8m Road Transportable Meercat Workboat

The latest Meercat to leave our facility has just completed her inaugural sea passage from Portsmouth to Dover. Her new Owners, Topbond plc, will be wasting no time in putting her to work. Her first assignment will be Windfarm support and civil engineering work in the Thames estuary.

With twin 40 t/m cranes, an 8 tonne deck winch and 47 tonnes of liquid or dry cargo payload, this superb multi-role workboat boasts impressive capabilities, all deliverable in under a metre of water!

Detail of Toplift's twin forward cranes.
Bridge and accommodation.

Survey vessel Arie Dirk in the Tidal Basin on the 1st May 2014. Based at Essex Marina on the river Crouch. For more details visit


Port of London Authority  hydrographic survey vessel and port tender Yantlet at work in the outer harbour conducting a tidal survey for the Port of Dover. She is a Nelson 44 catamaran built by Souter Marine in 1995 and has a displacement tonnage of 18.5 tonnes. Port dredger the David Church is dredging close to the Eastern Entrance as the Dover Seaways makes her afternoon arrival.

The Research Vessel Cefas Endeavour is berthed at the Cruise Terminal on Sunday 27th April 2014. She is an interesting ocean going vessel operated by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), bit of a mouthful that! Normally based at the port of Lowestoft she is owned by P&O Maritime Services and carries out fish stock surveys, oil and gas research work and telecommunication, geophysical and hydrographic surveys. She has recently been conducting survey work around the Goodwin Sands in the channel. 

Floating cranes GPS Atlas and GPS Apollo make their way across the harbour to position the link span on berth 6 under the watchful eye of Riley Marine's Dover Grafter. Full story on Features page. Picture courtesy of TDZ Photography

Emergency Towing Vessel Anglian Monarch

Owned by Klyne Tugs, the ETV Anglian Monarch was a regular caller at the port when on standby duty in the English Channel. She is pictured here alongside the cruise terminal in 2010. She had a convivial crew who, subject to operational requirements, were always happy to show people around. As a result of government cutbacks the service has now been withdrawn.

Vroon Shipping support vessel Oil Express alongside Cruise Terminal 2 in 2010.

Riley Marine's Dover Grafter on safety boat duty during the redevelopment of No. 3 berth, Eastern Docks, 2012.


Fleet running mate to the Grafter (above) is Dover Worker, pictured here rounding the Prince of Wales pier and returning to her berth after standing by the current Number 2 Berth refurbishment.

05.12.13 The 1991 built survey vessel Sea Vigil in the Wellington Dock. Owned and operated by Briggs Marine and has been chartered by the Environment Agency for a wide range of survey work. She is currently available for sale due to new replacement multicat vessels added to the fleet. It is understood that there are several interested potential buyers in this tough, no nonsense, versatile little vessel. 

Find out more about the Briggs Marine fleet at 

Another Briggs Marine vessel, the tug Forth Drummer. She is pictured alongside the David Church, in the tug haven during 2010 when she deputised at Dover during a refit of DHB Dauntless.

For a full specification of this hardy little tug visit the Briggs website:

Jenkins Marine of Poole, Dorset kept their tug Glenesk busy in 2012 during redevelopment works in the Eastern Docks at No. 3 berth. She is seen here moving the jack up crane barge Atlas back to the "Hydrofoil" basin after another day's work.

Another view of the Glenesk with the Atlas returning to their berth for the night.

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