DHB Dauntless Tug and Eastern Entrance of Dover Harbour at Sunrise, Kent, UK

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The bollard-pull tug, DHB Dauntless, escorting the MS Balmoral (a Fred Olsen Line cruise ship, out-of-shot to the right) across Dover Harbour at 5.57 am on Monday, 26th of July 2010. Near top-left, a Norfolk Line ferry is berthed in the ferry terminal of the Eastern Docks below the White Cliffs of Dover. DHB Dauntless is framed against the English Channel Eastern Entrance between the Eastern Arm (left) and Southern Breakwater (right).

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John Latter on September 29, 2012

This photo of DHB Dauntless was taken from the Prince of Wales Pier.

A Dover Harbour Board webpage giving advice about Dover Port Control to commercial shipping arriving from the English Channel once stated:

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.

More tug and workboat photos; also see DHB Doughty.

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John Latter on September 29, 2012

The tug was named DHB Dauntless on the 1st of June, 2000, "by Dover Harbour Board members Margaret Llewellyn (Chairman) and Cynthia Alers (non-executive director) for Barclays Mercantile Business Finance Ltd, manager DHB - Dover Harbour Board." (1)

Abridged DHB Dauntless Details (1):

Built by: PO SevMash Predpriyatiye at Severodvinsk, Russia

Completed by Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem, Netherlands, Yard No: 7943

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

More DHB Dauntless Details (2):

Ship Type: Tug

Year Built: 2000

Length: 30 m

Breadth: 10 m

DeadWeight: 234 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 10.6 / 7.4 knots

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: MZGC8

IMO: 9190456

MMSI: 232004784

Also see Boats and Ships.

(1) From the Wikipedia entry for IMO 9190456 (2) Marinetraffic entry for DHB Dauntless

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  • Uploaded on September 29, 2012
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/07/26 05:57:56
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 40.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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