DHB Doughty tug, Western Entrance of Dover Harbour, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on March 25, 2011

The Dover Harbour Board tug, DHB Doughty, is decked out in bunting because she and her sister tug, DHB Dauntless, have just finished participating in the official naming ceremony of the MS Spirit of Britain, P&O Ferries new cross-channel super-ferry, which took place on Thursday, 24th March, 2011 (1):

Double Olympic Games gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes has named a cross-Channel ferry, said to be the largest ever to operate between Calais and Dover.

The Spirit of Britain, which cost about GBP 150m, can hold 2,000 passengers and has four engines.

The P and O Ferries vessel is almost twice the size of the Pride of Dover, which it has replaced.

Dame Kelly joined customers and business representatives on board the ship for the ceremony in Dover Harbour.

P and O Ferries described the Sprit of Britain as a "leviathan of the seas" and said it represented "a new era" in cross-Channel travel.

The ferry, which weighs 49,000 tonnes and is 700ft (213m) long, will make five journeys from Dover to Calais every 24 hours.

Its sister ship, the Spirit of France, is due for delivery in September.

(The caption to MS Spirit of Britain berthed in the Eastern Docks at Night contains links to all photos of the super-ferry)

The DHB Doughty makes far less forays from her berth in the Tug Haven of the Tidal Harbour than her sister-tug, DHB Dauntless.

To date, the DHB Doughty only appears by herself on this website in one other photo (DHB Doughty in the Inner Harbour) which was taken when the MS Spirit of Britain first arrived in Dover Harbour nearly three months ago on Sunday, 9th of January.

A photo opportunity did present itself a few moments after the photo on this page was taken when the DHB Doughty obligingly did a half-turn before carrying on her way. Unfortunately, this put the sun on the other side of the tug and the photos weren't as good as they might have been.

So, should any member of DHB Doughty's crew ever read this, if you see a grey-haired old man with a camera tottering about on a pier then please put me between yourself and the sun and I'll happily email you copies of any photos I get (minus the watermark, of course!)

The above Western Docks photo of Dover Harbour was taken at 1.32 pm from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

Having passed the Spanish Prince wreck site (a First World War blockship), the DHB Doughty is shown crossing the Western Entrance with the Straits of Dover and English Channel beyond.

The Western Entrance is formed by the Southern Breakwater on the left (click to see a close-up of the West End Lighthouse) and the out-of-shot Admiralty Pier to the right.

A Dover Harbour Board webpage (2) states:

Two Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs, the "DHB Dauntless" and "DHB Doughty", each with a bollard pull of 55 tonnes, (3,600kW) are available at one hour's notice for berthing in Dover. They operate over the bow with their own 80mm towing ropes, usually towing through the vessel's forward and aft centre leads. Please have at least two heaving lines of sufficient length to reach the tug, available forward and aft. The tugs are usually made fast once inside the harbour, although in fair weather it may be possible to make fast the aft tug before entry. The stern tug will be secured as soon as the vessel has come through the entrance and the bow tug will make fast once the vessel has almost stopped in the fairway to the south of the East Buoy.

And on departure:

...both tugs are let go before the vessel passes between the breakwaters, unless the vessel is proceeding stern first.

Vessel`s Details (3):

Ship Type: Tug

Year Built: 2000

Length x Breadth: 30 m by 10 m

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 11.6 / 8.2 knots

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: MZGA8

IMO: 9190468

MMSI: 232004783

More DHB Doughty details (4):

Built by: PO SevMash Predpriyatiye at Severodvinsk, Russia

Completed by Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem, Netherlands, Yard No: 7944

Date of completion: March 2000

Draught: 4 m

GRT: 304

NET: 91

Main engine: 2 x 4tew 6cyl Wartsilla 6L26 Total Output 3,600 kW at 1,000rpm.

Propulsion: Twin Aquamaster Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD 3110) (‘Z’ drive) units

Speed: 13.5 kn

Click to see all Tug photos (related tags: Boats, Cruise Ship, Ferries, Lifeboats, Navy, Sailing Ships, Ships, and Workboats).

Click to see all Lighthouse photos.

(1) BBC News: Dame Kelly names Channel ferry in ceremony at Dover (Abridged)

(2) Dover Port Control Commercial Vessel Arrival

(3) Marinetraffic entry for DHB Doughty

(4) Wikipedia entry for IMO 9190456: these details are actually those for Dauntless. Except for the "Yard Number" (Dauntless is 7943), they are believed to be the same for Doughty.

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John Latter on February 1, 2013

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

DHB Doughty Tug

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 March 25, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/03/24 13:32:38
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.70 EV
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