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Customs Cutter HMC Seeker and Tug Haven, Dover Harbour Marina, Kent, UK

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John Latter on September 8, 2010

HMCC Seeker in the Tug Haven near the Tidal Harbour and Marina of Dover Harbour at 5.47 am on Friday, September 3rd, 2010.

Behind HMCC Seeker are the two Dover Harbour Board tugs, DHB Dauntless (left; IMO: 9190456) and DHB Doughty (right; IMO 9190468); the Dover Harbour Board dredger, David Church (IMO 9112193) is to the right of the customs cutter.

The above zoomed (and then cropped) photo was taken 500 yards away from St Martins Battery on top of the Western Heights cliffs (it needed a thirty second exposure!)

There's some blurring of the top of the cutter's mast indicating some machinery is in use (further activity is shown by the water gushing from the stern outlet).

Click to see the uncropped photo: HMCC Seeker, DHB Dauntless, Doughty, and David Church, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK.

HMCC Seeker, a Damen Stan 4207-type Patrol Vessel, is the lead ship of the UK Border Agency's fleet of 42-metre customs patrol vessels. She was built in 2001 in Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands (Holland), and has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure. Much effort has been expended in making her quiet to reduce crew fatigue; her engines are raft-mounted, decks throughout the ship are of a floating type, and her compartments are constructed on a box-within-a-box principle.

Her 7-metre (23 ft) Rigid Inflatable Boat can be launched from her stern slipway. She is fitted with a 2,000-litre (440 imperial gallons) per minute fire fighting system for dealing with fires in other ships.

She is fitted with twin Caterpillar 3516B DI-TA Elec engines driving twin 4-bladed controllable-pitch propellers through a pair of 3.5:1 reduction gearboxes. The total installed power of 4,176 kW (5,600 hp) gives her a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h). A single Promac bow thruster is fitted for slow speed manoeuvring in confined spaces. Electrical power is supplied by a pair of 106kWA generators.

The Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise Departments merged to form Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs on 18 April 2005, and from this time customs cutters changed their prefix from "HMRC" (Her Majesty's Revenue Cutter) to "HMCC" (Her Majesty's Customs Cutter).

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is the border control body of the United Kingdom (UK) government and part of the Home Office. It was formed on 1 April 2008 by a merger of the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), UKvisas and the port of entry functions of HM Revenue and Customs.

HMCC Seeker details:

Builder: Damen Group, Netherlands

Launched: 2001

IMO number: 9234795

Callsign: ZQNL2

Class and type: Damen Stan Patrol 4207

Displacement: 238 GRT

Length: 42.08 m (138.1 ft)

Beam: 7.11 m (23.3 ft)

Draught: 2.52 m (8.3 ft)

Installed power: 4,176 kW (5,600 hp)

Propulsion: Two Caterpillar 3516B DI-TA Elec, two 3.5:1 reduction gearboxes, two 4-blade controllable pitch propellers, one Promac bow thruster, and two 106kWA generator sets

Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h)

Range: 1,750 nmi (3,240 km) at 12kn

Endurance: 14 days

Boats and landing craft carried: One 7m RIB (32 kn), one 3.8m Rescue Boat

Complement: 12

Armament: Nil

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Lothar Wiese on November 18, 2010

You captured a great atmosphere! Like

Best wishes from Germany,


John Latter on November 18, 2010

Lothar Wiese, on 18th November 2010, said:

You captured a great atmosphere! Like

Best wishes from Germany,


Best wishes from Dover, England, Lothar!

John Latter on February 20, 2011

A photo of DHB Doughty has been uploaded.

John Latter on November 28, 2012

This photo also appears on the Pinterest Dover Navy board as:

HMCC Seeker Customs Cutter, Western Docks, Dover

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

HMCC Seeker Patrol Vessel

(NB The ship's MMSI is 235082000)

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

John Latter on March 25, 2013

Also see the UK Border Agency cutter photo:

HMC Vigilant and Old Customs House, Dover Harbour, United Kingdom

(UKBA Customs Cutter)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 5, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/09/03 05:47:59
    • Exposure: 30.000s
    • Focal Length: 0.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/22.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash