Atlantis Multi-Function Vessel, Dover Harbour, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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John Latter on February 18, 2011

The Herbosch-Kiere multi-function vessel Atlantis , also described as a self-propelled marine working vessel, or dredger, reversing across Dover Harbour on Monday, 14th of February, 2011, as seen from the Prince of Wales Pier.

Attached to the front of the vessel is a flat pontoon upon which rests a prefabricated hexagonal concrete block. The block is being transported from the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks to the Ferry Terminal (night view) of the Eastern Docks where it will form part of an extension to Pier E. The extension is required in order to accomodate new super-ferries such as the Spirit of Britain (owned by P and O Ferries) which arrived in port on the 9th of January.

Behind the Atlantis is the Southern Breakwater; the lighthouse is the Dover Breakwater Knuckle Light (built 1909; four flashes every 10 seconds, white or red depending on direction).

The Atlantis is involved in the second project mentioned in the following abridged press release which was issued by the UK-based company, Herbosch-Kiere Marine Contractors (core activities: "Marine construction, demolition, and heavy lifting") on the 28th May, 2010. The press release is followed by two related "Notice to Mariners" issued by Dover Harbour Board, and then by the Atlantis specification.

Herbosch Kiere Press Release (1)

Herbosch Kiere Marine Contractors Ltd, a subsidiary of Herbosch-Kiere (Belgium), has recently been awarded two contracts by Dover Harbour Board.

The first contract to be undertaken in June, involving company vessels Gaverland and Waasland, is the salvage and partial removal of the blockship "Spanish Prince", an ex cargoship which was scuttled by the Admiralty in 1915 during the First World War and lies to the east of the Western Entrance in the Outer Harbour of the Port . She was moved to her present position in the 1930's, the bow is close to the Southern Breakwater and a wreck buoy (the North Cardinal Wreck Buoy) can be seen marking the stern.

The second marine contract awarded to Herbosch Kiere Marine Contractors Ltd by Dover Harbour Board was for the 35m extension to the Port’s Pier E. The extension is to cater for larger ferries that are expected to enter into service in 2011 and is to ensure safe navigation within the harbour. The works in this contract consist of the installing a 4m diameter x 46m long fendered monopile and an 8m x 8m concrete deck suspended on six steel piles. The contract will commence on site in September and will be completed by the end of the year. Herbosch Kiere Marine Contractors will employ a number of their vessels on this contract including the multi purpose barge Waasland.

Notice to Mariners No. 10/2010 (2)

Pier E Extension Works

Construction work on the extension to Pier E commences during w/c 6th September 2010 lasting approximately 16 weeks. During this period a work barge and Jack-Up platform will be moored in ED7 Berth close to the end of Pier E.

Masters are advised to berth with caution when using the adjacent Eastern Dock berths or manoeuvring in the area off Pier E.

Capt. Roy Bird

Date 6th Sept 2010

Deputy Harbour Master/Pilot

Port of Dover

Notice to Mariners No. 14/2010 (2)

Pier E Light

Mariners are advised that the Fl(3)R.10s light on the end of Pier “E” will be temporarily extinguished on Monday 29th November 2010 for the duration of Pier "E" extension works. The high intensity Fl(3)R.10s is still functional and will be activated as normal during periods of poor visibility, although Mariners should be aware that this light marks the head of the original Pier “E” and not the head of the extension works.

The southern extremity of Pier “E” extension works will be marked with 2 fixed red vertical lights, as from Monday 29th November 2010.

Nick Shearman

Date 26th November 2010

Duty harbour Master/Pilot

Port of Dover

Atlantis Details (3) (4) (5)

Owner: Herbosch-Kiere N.V., Haven 1558, Sint-Jansweg 7, 9130 Kallo, Belgium

Type: Multi-function vessel

Length: 80.0m

Breadth; 22.0m

Depth; 3.8m

Gross register tonnage: 1,998 ton

Net register tonnage: 599 ton

Loading capacity and draught: Deepsea 2,300 ton - 2.5m, Estuary 2,600 ton - 2.8m, Inland 3,700 ton - 3.4m

Weight of stone loading modules: 685 ton

Working deck: 22.0m x 60.0m, Deck load 10 ton/m2

Stone loading decks: Dimensions 4 x 9.7m x 15.0m

Accommodation: 10 single berths rooms and 20 berths optional

Removable forecastle deck: 13.0m breadth

Spuds: 3 spud guides; 2 spuds, diameter 1.22m - length 28.0m

Flag: Belgium (BE)

Call Sign: ORKN

IMO: 9139139

MMSI: 205231000

Builder: STX Tulcea, Tulcea, Romania (in 1997)

Hull type: Single hull

Main engine power: 1.252 kW

Propulsion: 2x Azimuth thruster each 800 hp

Bow thruster: 1x 500 hp

Moonpool: Diameter 1,22 m

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(1) New Contract Awards - Dover Harbour Board

(2) Dover Port Operations Department

(3) Atlantis (from Atlantis Homepage)

(4) Marinetraffic entry for Atlantis

(5) Scheepvaartwest.be entry for Atlantis

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John Latter on February 1, 2013

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

The Atlantis Multi-Function Vessel

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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  • Uploaded on February 18, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
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