MSC Orchestra Cruise Ship, Western Entrance, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

The MSC Orchestra leaving Dover Harbour and entering the Straits of Dover and English Channel through the Western Entrance at 6.05 pm on Thursday, 6th of May, 2010. The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right, and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater to the left.

Behind the passenger ship is DHB Dauntless, one of Dover Harbour Board's two 55 tonne bollard-pull tugs.

The photo was taken from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier. The lighthouse in the photo itself is the Admiralty Pier Light (built 1908; cast iron tower 72 feet high; white flash every 7.5 seconds).

The MSC Orchestra entered Dover Harbour at about 7.25 am (see The MSC Orchestra Cruise Ship crossing Dover Harbour after Daybreak) and had spent the day berthed at the Admiralty Pier's Cruise Terminal 2 in the Western Docks (see The MSC Orchestra Cruise Ship at CT 2).

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 6, 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 13, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/06 18:05:23
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash