MSC Orchestra Cruise Ship crossing Dover Harbour after Daybreak, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 19, 2010

The MSC Orchestra cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance (now behind the ship) and is shown making its way across the Outer Harbour to the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2, vacated by the Star Princess the evening before).

Below the White Cliffs of Dover on the left of the photo the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view) with the Southern Breakwater bracketing the other side of the Eastern Entrance to the right of the ship.

The photo was taken early in the morning on Thursday, 6th of May, 2010, from a point mid-way between the Porthole Shelters and the Lighthouse on the Prince of Wales Pier.

I must admit that none of the photos on this website look very good on my friend's laptop; they're OK on a CRT, though - honest! (of if you print them out, of course). Back to business:

The three photos of the MSC Orchestra in Dover on the 6th of May, 2010, were taken during a 17-night cruise which had begun in Santos (port city in São Paulo, Brazil) on the 20th of April and had previously called at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), Recife (Brazil), Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), Funchal (Madeira island, Portugal), Lisbon (Portugal) and Vigo (Spain). After the ship left Dover, it headed for Amsterdam (the Netherlands, or Holland) where the cruise was due to end.

Click to see a MSC Orchestra webcam and the ship's current position.

Ship`s details (1):

Tonnage: 89,600 gross register tons (GRT)

Length: 964 ft (293.83 m)

Beam: 106 ft (32.31 m)

Decks: 13 Passenger 4 crew

Speed: 23-knot (43 km/h; 26 mph)

Capacity: 2,550 passengers

Crew: 987


IMO: 9320099

Call sign: 3EJF3

Flag: Panama

The MSC Orchestra is owned by MSC Cruises (a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A, Naples, Italy)) and built by Aker Yards ASA (STX Europe) at Chantiers de l`Atlantique. The ship was launched on 14 May 2007 in Civitavecchia (a town and comune of the province of Rome in the central Italian region of Lazio).

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John Latter on March 5, 2013

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

MS Orchestra Cruise Ship (MMSI: 372497000)

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 May 9, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/06 07:28:21
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash