MV David Church Dredger and Admiralty Pier Light, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on September 8, 2010

The Dover Harbour Board David Church dredger entering the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour from the English Channel at 2.33 pm on Monday, 30th of August, 2010.

The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right and the Southern Breakwater (out-of-shot to the left).

The zoomed photo was taken from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The lighthouse in the photo itself, currently undergoing maintainance, was built in 1908 and is a 72 feet high cast iron tower with a white flash every 7.5 seconds when in use: click to see the Admiralty Pier Light photo for more information.

Extract from a magazine article, dated 9th of January 2010 (1):

The Port of Dover has had its own dredger for some time. Nigel Stokes, assistant harbour master, explains that the David Church, which carries out both suction and grab dredging, is in use hoovering up the silt that gets deposited in the harbour all year round, non-stop.

The dredging work is crucial he tells Port Strategy: "Without it, parts of the port would come to a grinding halt. It is an ongoing battle here against the silt, we have to keep on top of it by a constant programme - we could hire our dredger out for years at a time, but we simply can't do without it."

The David Church appears in the HMCC Seeker, DHB Dauntless, Doughty, and David Church, Dover Harbour photo (and partially in the Customs Cutter HMCC Seeker in the Tug Haven, Dover Harbour cropped version).

Vessel Details (2) (3):

Ship Type: Dredger

Year Built: 1995

DeadWeight: 704 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 10.8 / 8.3 knots

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: MVEL2

IMO: 9112193

MMSI: 235004391

Built by: Appledore Shipbuilders, Devon

Hopper capacity: 623 cubic metres

Length o.a.: 51.1m

Length b.p.: 49.0m

Breadth: 10.5m

Suction pipe: 1 x 350mm

Bucket capacity: 2.5 cubic metres

Dredging depth: 20.0m

Click to see all Workboat and Lighthouse photos (related tags: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ferries, Ships, Tugs).

(1) Doing it for themselves (repeated in Dredging work is crucial for Port of Dover (UK)) (2) Marinetraffic entry for David Church (3) Bert Visser's Directory of Dredgers entry for David Church

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John Latter on January 25, 2011

DHB David Church also appears in:

Night Panorama of the Western Docks in Dover Harbour

John Latter on May 17, 2011
John Latter on October 17, 2012

From Dredger David Church Renewed and Upgraded at Dredging Today on 16th October, 2012:

Dover Harbour Board's (DHB) maintenance dredger David Church has recently undergone a comprehensive GBP 485,000 refit to relife the vessel for another 15 years service...

...The crane is a Pulleman PLM 50 which is dual purpose as it is fully certified as a lifting crane up to a maximum load of 15t at a radius of 6 metres. The David Church is now available to the market for charter and contract dredging.

John Latter on February 1, 2013

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

MV David Church Dredger

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.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 8, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/30 14:33:37
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash