Past and PresentPort of Dover

MV Dominant – Past and Present

MV OTC Kenneth

ex Dominant

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw diesel engined tug built 1957-8 by P.K. Harris, Appledore. (Yard No 108) for the Dover Harbour Board.

Technical Data

  • Length: 27.52m (99.27 ft)(overall), 26.8m (88 ft) (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 7.60m (24.11 ft)(Extreme)
  • Draught: 3.04m (9.97 ft) maximum
  • Tonnage: 161 gross, 154
  • Engines: 2 x 8-cylinder 22.292 reverse reduction geared Lister/Blackstone & Co diesels
  • Rated: 1,040 bhp
  • Speed: 12.5 knots
  • Bollard Pull: 21 tons
  • Call Sign: MXXF (@ 1974), HO4065 (@ 1984)
  • ID Number: 5091834
  • Official Number: R-008-SDG
  • Registry: Dover (1958 – 1984), San Domingo (1984 – )
  • Sister Ship: Diligent


October 23rd 1957: Launched.

March 1958: Delivered to Dover Harbour Board at Dover

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

© ToptoToe

© ToptoToe

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin (all)

© John Hendy

🆕© John Hendy (11/08/1984)

© John Hendy  © John Hendy

🆕© John Hendy (Granville Dock, Dover 25/08/1984)

© John Hendy

🆕© John Hendy (Cowes 05/09/1984)

1984: To Frank Pearce (Tugs) Ltd at Poole

1984: To OTC – Oil Transport Co SA at Santa Domingo renamed OTC KENNETH (Operations Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and West Indies. North & South American east coast between Nova Scotia & Rio de la Plata)

August 24th 1990: Surveys overdue – Class suspended.

1996: Still in Lloyd’s Register, later fate unknown.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. We would like to thank: John Hendy, Mike Sartin and ToptoToe for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to World Ship Society (East Kent Branch).

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


  1. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

    1. Thank you, I have checked the links and they appear to be working fine now, it must have been a server issue.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

From the Archives
Back to top button