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AIDAblu Cruise Ship and Pride of Dover Ferry, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 25, 2010

The AIDAblu (IMO: 9398888) cruise ship is on the left and the Pride of Dover (IMO 8517736) cross-channel ferry is on the right, both are berthed against the Admiralty Pier (behind the ships) in Dover Harbour's Western Docks.

The pier running from right to left in front of the cruise ships, terminating in a lighthouse just before the AIDAblu's bow, is the Prince of Wales Pier.

The photo was taken looking across the harbour from near the jetty opposite Mote's Bulwark (ie below the Canons Gate entrance to Dover Castle) on Tuesday, 27th of April, 2010.

Afterwards, I cycled along the Seafront Esplanade (Marine Parade), turned left at the Clock Tower, and then went down the Prince of Wales pier to take individual photos of each ship*:

1 AIDAblu Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour

2 AIDAblu Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour (2)

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The AIDAblu left Hamburg, Germany, on April 24th for a 7-day "German Bight Cruise". She arrived in Dover from Le Havre (France) and is scheduled to leave Dover at 8 pm this evening en route for Antwerp (Belgium). The last port of call is Amsterdam (Holland/Netherlands) before the return to Hamburg on the first of May.

Click to see the AIDAblu webcam.

3 Pride of Dover Ferry, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour

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The Pride of Dover (sister ship to the Pride of Calais) primarily operates the Dover to Calais route and normally berths in Dover's Eastern Docks at the ferry terminal (the Western Docks is the cruise liner terminal). Today, April 28th, is the fourth day I've seen the ship tied up at the Admiralty Pier, however, and I wonder if this is in any way connected to the recent airline crisis due to ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland?

*Six days ago the two ships in view from this location were the Celebrity Constellation and Balmoral Cruise Ships.

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John Latter on April 14, 2011

A new vessel from AIDA Cruises for 2011:

MS AIDAsol Cruise Ship in Dover Harbour on her Maiden Voyage

John Latter on December 5, 2012

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

MS AIDAblu Cruise Ship

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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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 29, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/04/27 07:06:18
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash