Jupiter Cloud Belt and Dover Harbour Port Control, Kent at Sunrise, England, UK

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Right: Control Tower, then Eastern Entrance and English Channel. Far left: Hard to see stern of MT Coral Water chemical tanker (ex-Jeanine Theresa) berthed against the Eastern Arm pier with her bow near the centre of the photo: Call Sign PGAK, IMO 9004164, MMSI 245675000, Flag Netherlands NL. A zoom photo of 1800 yards from the Prince of Wales Pier at sunrise. 2010 Port of Dover Travel, Tourism, and Vacation.

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John Latter on March 10, 2013

The zoom lens only magnified the first 5 to 10 degrees above the horizon, thereby creating the illusion that the sunrise was a "whole sky" event (er, I hope this hasn't spoilt it for you - it's still spectacular!)

Port Control

All movements within one mile of the Port of Dover and inside the harbour are controlled by Dover Port Control.

Normal entry into the Port for commercial vessels is through the Eastern Entrance.

All arrivals and departures should be reported to Dover Port Control on Channel 74 VHF at least one hour from departure or from the pilot station.

The Port Control Officer requires the following details:

ETA at the Pilot Station / ETD from the berth.

Confirmation that all navigational equipment is in full working order or otherwise, any defects must be notified at this time.

Tug requirements, these can be discussed with the pilot before arrival.

Vessel's length overall and maximum draft.

Details of any hazardous cargo on board.

On the 25th of January, 2012, the Dover Express newspaper published, "Ships ahoy - behind the scenes at Dover Harbour Board port control":

...From his desk, which is identical to his colleague's, Andy Whitham, who sits just a metre or two away, Steve Manser can keep an eagle-eye out on all shipping movements in the Channel, right across to Calais and Dunkirk.

He can see when vessels leave and what time they're expected at Dover.

And that is just on one screen. On another he keeps track of docking times on the Port Information Management System, or PIMS.

On another he can keep a watch on the legal one-mile boundary of the port which helps him to organise which ships come in first and which ships can leave safely.

In addition to his hi-tech desk, he also receives real-time details of the tide, whether it's flooding north or south, its height and wind direction and speed via a separate monitor.

MT Coral Water

No close-up photo of the MT Coral Water is available yet, but check later comments for updates. The ship's current position, assuming she has her "Automatic Identification System" (AIS) switched on, can be seen at:

MT Coral Water

In the meantime, have a look at another familiar site in Dover Harbour:

The MT Clipper Bordeaux Oil Products Tanker at Sunrise

End Notes

Other sunrise views over the Docks and Eastern Arm pier:

The Skies above Dover Harbour before Sunrise


MS Saga Ruby Cruise Ship and a God of the Night, Dover Harbour, UK

A night-time view:

The Light Towers of Space City at Night, Dover Harbour

And a (popular) daybreak view:

Rain at Dawn for Space City, White Cliffs of Dover

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on March 14, 2013

Cross-English Channel ferry operators in the Eastern Docks (out-of-shot to the left) are P&O Ferries, DFDS Seaways (Norfolk Line), MyFerryLink (ex-SeaFrance ships).

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 10, 2013
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/13 05:41:37
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash