© Ray GoodfellowMV David Church – Past and Present

1st October 2012: Additional history and delivery photo added.

MV David Church

© Ray Goodfellow 2014

© Ray Goodfellow

Steel single screw trailing suction / grab hopper dredger, built in 1995 by Appledore Shipbuilders, Devon (Yard No. 163), for the Dover Harbour Board.

Technical Data

  • Length: 51m (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull: 10.5m
  • Depth: 3.165m/4.70m
  • Tonnage: 671 gross, 201 net, 701 deadweight
  • Engines: Cummins oil
  • Power: 1215 bhp/894kW
  • Speed: 9 knots
  • Capacity: 623m³ (hopper capacity)
  • Suction pipe: 1 x 350 mm
  • Bucket capacity: 2.5 m³
  • Dredging depth: 20.0 m
  • Call Sign: MVEL2
  • IMO Number: 9112193
  • MMSI Number: 23500439
  • Registry: Dover


Current Location

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History

March 31st 1995: Launched.

May 1995: Completed and delivered to Dover Harbour Board.

© Mike Sartin  Roy Thornton Collection

© Mike Sartin (left) and the Roy Thornton Collection (right)

2008: Still in service.

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© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

September 2012: As a part of a £480,000 refit/life extension programme the vessels crane was removed and sent to PLM cranes in Holland for renewal and upgrading.

18th October 2012: Vessel due to depart for Holland to be reunited with her crane.

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We would like to thank: Dr Anthony Lane and Mike Sartin for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. A special thanks goes to World Ship Society (East Kent Branch)

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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