On Sunday the 7th October Paul Cloke and myself embarked on a very enjoyable round trip `Car Park Shopper‘ with P&O Ferries on the `Spirit of France‘. The purpose of our trip was to enjoy a nice cooked breakfast and to get us ready for the second part of our day (more to follow on that shortly)
We departed Dover at 0735 and we arrived back in Dover at 11:15. It being a Sunday with not much freight about both our outward and inward crossings were relatively quiet and passed by quickly. With the sun shining throughout the outside decks seemed the most popular place on board.
During the course of our round trip there were a couple of unusual shipping movements sighted in the Channel. The first of these (and unfortunately not photographed due to the light and the distance) was the Semi-submersible lay barge `Castoro 7‘ heading down the South West lane from Rotterdam to Curacao in the Caribbean.
She was sighted just to the South of Dover under the tow of the tugs `Carlo Martello‘ and the `Union Sovereign‘ (ex Maritime and Coastguard Agency `Emergency Towing Vessel’ Anglian Sovereign) and at a speed of only 3 knots she is not due in Curacao until the 26th November!
There is some good video footage of the `Castoro 7′ in Rotterdam available on the YouTube Channel of Fred Vloo. His `Ship Spotting in Rotterdam’ series comes highly recommended by me for anybody interested in all aspects of shipping.
On our return journey the barge `Wagenborg 9′ was observed (and photographed, please see the gallery below) in the South West lane under the tow of the tug `Eide Wrestler‘. The `Wagenborg 9′ was loaded with four `Ship to Shore’ (STS) container cranes. One crane is destined for the port of Vigo in Spain and the remaining three for the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. A press release showing some photographs of the loading of the barge with the cranes is available (In Dutch) on the Wagenborg website .
After a brief break we met up with a few members of our forum at the Port of Dover and embarked on the second part of our day which was a trip out to the Eastern Arm for a spot of Photography.
The Eastern Arm is not accessible to the general public but thanks to the assistance and the kind co-operation of the Dover Harbour Board we were granted permission to spend a couple of hours documenting the arrivals and departures of the ferries through the Eastern entrance and we were also given a guided tour of Port Control.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Dover Harbour Board and there staff for the very informative visit, there hospitality and for allowing us access to take photographs from this most unique of vantage points.
All photographs were taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
All Photographs on this page are the © Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos) 2012, All rights reserved.
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