English Channel Ferries leaving Dover Harbour, Eastern Docks, Kent, UK

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John Latter on August 9, 2010

At top-left in the English Channel is the Norman Bridge cross-channel freight and passenger ferry (IMO: 9147306; LD Lines) en route to Boulogne, France.

Passing through the Eastern Entrance of Dover Harbour is the Pride of Canterbury ferry (IMO: 9007295; P and O Ferries, "P&O Ferries") en route to Calais, France.

Berthed at Dover 6 ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks is the Dover Seaways ferry (IMO number: 9318345; Norfolk Line) which had just arrived from Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France.

It's easy to miss at first glance, but berthed this side of the Eastern Arm pier at top-left is the Clipper Bordeaux Oil Products Tanker (IMO: 9281803; Clipper Group).

The structure near the end of the Eastern Arm is Dover Port Control (1). On the right-hand side of the Eastern Entrance is the Southern Breakwater.

The photo, best viewed in a larger size, was taken from above Broadlees Bottom near Langdon Cliffs (part of the White Cliffs of Dover and a National Trust site) at 1.13 pm on Friday, 6th of August, 2010.

Extract from the main Norman Bridge photo:

The Norman Bridge was built 1999 as Brave Merchant in Seville, Spain, for Merchant Ferries. From 2006 - 2008 chartered for use between Palma (Majorca) and Barcelona (Spain) by Iscomar and renamed Blanca del Mar. In November 2008, chartered by Ave Line and renamed Ave Liepaja for service between Travemünde (Germany) and Liepaja (Latvia). Since March 2010 the ship operates for LD Lines between Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) and Dover, and was renamed the Norman Bridge. (2)

Extract from the main Pride of Canterbury photo:

The Pride of Canterbury, ex-European Pathway, is a cross-channel ferry operated by P and O Ferries. She was the second of four 'European Class' freight ferries ordered for the P and O European Ferries Dover-Zeebrugge route. Between 1992 and 2002 she sailed between Dover and Zeebrugge for P&O European Ferries and later P and O Stena Line. She was converted in the winter of 2002/spring 2003 and re-entered service as Pride of Canterbury (replacing the ageing P & OSL Canterbury).She currently sails from Dover to Calais (France). (3)

The Dover Seaways, ex-Maersk Dover, doesn't have a photo on this website yet:

The Dover Seaways is a RO/PAX vessel (Roll on/Roll off, built for freight vehicle transport but also with passenger accommodation) built in 2005 at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. It is currently sailing under the British flag. The Dover Seaways services the route from Dunkerque in France to Dover, UK. (4)

Abridged extract from the main Clipper Bordeaux photo:

The Clipper Bordeaux was built by the Rousse Shipyard J.S.C. of Bulgaria, launched in 2005, and apparently originally called the Crescent Bordeaux. In early 2006 the Rousse Shipyard issued the following press release (5):

"Today, January 18, 2006 a new ship hull No 841 was delivered officially to Clipper Tankship Ltd., Southampton, England. The ship has been built under the survey of Lloyd Register. The ship’s name is Clipper Bordeaux."

Clipper Wonsild Tankers, ex-Crescent Tankships Ltd, is now part of the Clipper Group.

Click to see all Ferry photos (related tags: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ships, Tugs).

A panorama of the Eastern Entrance: click to see other Panoramic views of Dover.

(1) Extract from Dover Port Control (VHF Channels 74, (12), 16):

All movements within one mile of the Port of Dover and inside the harbour are controlled by Dover Port Control. Normal entry into the Port for commercial vessels is through the Eastern Entrance.

(2) Wikipedia entry for Ave Line (3) Wikipedia entry for Pride of Canterbury (4) Abridged from the official Dover Seaways webpage (5) Rousse Shipyard: Official delivery of the new ship hull No. 841

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  • Uploaded on August 8, 2010
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    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/06 13:13:21
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