HSC Norman Arrow, World's Largest Diesel Catamaran, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on September 2, 2009

The cross-channel ferry operator LD Lines', "Norman Arrow" catamaran entering the Western Entrance [1] of Dover Harbour with the Southern Breakwater [2] on the left, the Admiralty Pier on the right, and the English Channel beyond.

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

On the horizon to the left of the Norman Arrow is an unknown three-masted sailing ship; to the right is a tanker and the long low faint outline of the cliffs of France.

LD Lines supply a pdf information pack for the Norman Arrow and also say:

"LD Lines’ brand new high speed ferry, named “Norman Arrow”, is the largest ever fast ferry to operate on the cross channel routes between England and France and the first-ever freight carrying high speed vessel across the Dover Straits, and offers 4 return crossings beween Dover and Boulogne.

She is also the world’s largest diesel-powered catamaran and the first Incat 112 metre craft to operate in Europe.

All types of tourist traffic are carried including cars, caravans, motorhomes, coaches, motorcycles, foot passengers, in addition to freight. The new craft will operate at speeds of 40 knots, provide a crossing time of just one hour and has capacity for 1200 passengers, 417 cars, or combination of 195 cars and up to 30 freight vehicles."

This website also has two views of the Seacat France catamaran berthed alongside the Prince of Wales Pier in 2007: Seacat France 1; Seacat France 2.

[1] See Dover Port Control

[2] See Dover Breakwater West Lighthouse

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Mike Zawadzki 2 on September 11, 2009

Will be on that in October.

John Latter on September 15, 2009

Mike Zawadzki 2 said:

_Will be on that in October.

I hope you have a good trip, Mike - the weather's definitely changing!

John :)

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John Latter on January 27, 2013

As LD Lines Norman Arrow: Call Sign 2CFV5, IMO 9501590, MMSI 219017081, Flag United Kingdon. Now Mols-Linien Katexpress 1 with Callsign OUYM, Flag Denmark. When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

MS Katexpress 1 Catamaran

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 September 2, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/08/31 11:31:57
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 40.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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