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

Range Safety

Smit Romney alongside in the Tug and Dredger Haven.

Dover is home to three Range Safety Vessels formerly operated by Smit and now by Royal Boskalis for the Ministry of Defence. They patrol the coast off Hythe and Lydd ranges when live firing exercises are taking place. They ensure that errant leisure craft and other vessels do not sail into danger and the firing line! They also operate in a search and rescue capabilty when the need arises.


Smit Romney, Smit Stour and Smit Rother are three in a total class of nine vessels. They were all completed by Maritime Partners, Norway during 2003. All are 12 metres in length and have a gross tonnage of seven tonnes. They are waterjet propelled and can reach a top speed of thirty-five knots.


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From time to time the vessels see service elsewhere. Here Smit Romney has been loaded onto a road trailer for transportation to Scotland to participate in exercises there.
Smit Romney returns to port in the late afternoon sunshine, May 2014.
Smit Rother just after entering the Western Entrance.
Smit Stour back from her Scottish sojourn, prepares to return to her natural environment.
Smit Stour crosses the harbour.
Smit Stour alongside HPL Dovorian as the crews pause to discuss the days events.
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