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MV David Church (Dredger) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9112193

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: 235004391
  • Registry: Dover/UK 🇬🇧

Current AIS Location

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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.  

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow © 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.

© Ray Goodfellow
© Ray Goodfellow (Dover, November 2015)

April 4th 2023: Left Dover for refit in Hull/UK.

May 11th 2023: Left Hull for Dover.

May 12th 2023: Arrived in Dover.

© Fotoflite and Dover Strait Shipping

© Fotoflite and Dover Strait Shipping


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking:  Fotoflite and Dover Strait Shipping for their assistance in producing this feature.

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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