MSC Poesia Cruise Ship at CT2, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 22, 2010

The MSC Poesia berthed at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of Dover Harbour's Western Docks, pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond (the MSC Orchestra had been berthed at CT2 exactly a week earlier).

The photo was taken just after daybreak on Thursday, 13th of May, 2010, from a point between the Porthole Shelters (to the right) and the Lighthouse (to the left) on the Prince of Wales Pier (western side).

The MSC Poesia left Dover for Hamburg, Germany, at 5.30 pm and her next voyage appears to be a 2-night mini-cruise to Kiel (looping around Jutland, Denmark) on the 30th of May.

On the 3rd of June, 2010, the MSC Poesia starts a 13 Night Northern Europe Cruise from Copenhagen (Denmark) calling at Kiel (Germany), Bergen (Norway), Thorshavn (Faroe Islands, Denmark), Akureyri (Iceland), Isafjordur (Iceland), Hafnarfjordur (Iceland), Lerwick (Scotlkand), Kiel (Germany), and then back to Copenhagen.

Previously, the MSC Poesia sailed from Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) on the 28th of April and arrived in New York (USA) on the 30th of April. The ship then left New York for Dover Harbour on the 1st of May.

Ship's details (1)

Class and type: MSC Musica class cruise ship

Tonnage: 93,330 gross tons

Length: 963.9 feet (293.80 m)

Beam: 105.6 feet (32.19 m)

Draft: 26.2 feet (7.99 m)

Decks: 13 (passenger accessible)

Installed power: 5 × Wärtsilä W16V38B diesels (58,000kW)

Propulsion: 2 propellors

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

Capacity: 2,550 passengers (lower berths), 3605 passengers (maximum)

Crew: 987

Career (1)

Name: MSC Poesia

Owner: MSC Cruises

Operator: MSC Cruises

Port of registry: Panama

Ordered: March 1, 2006

Builder: Aker Yards (St. Nazaire)

Christened: April 5, 2008 by Sophia Loren in Dover

Maiden voyage: April 19, 2008

Identification: IMO 9387073

Call Sign: 3EPL4

MMSI: 355931000

The MSC Poesia is owned by MSC Cruises (a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A, Naples, Italy)) and built by Aker Yards ASA (see STX Europe) at St Nazaire.

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(1) From the Wikipedia entry for MSC Poesia

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John Latter on June 22, 2010

The squat structure left-of-centre at the bottom of the above photo has an inscribed plaque on top dedicated to Sir Clifford Jarrett, K.B.E. (1905-1995), an ex-pupil at Dover Grammar School for Boys (DGSB, which I also attended from 1962-1967).

Abridged from The Dover County School 1905-1931:

C. G. J. Jarrett had been winning merit awards and prizes all the way up the school (DGSB) and he now departed with a state scholarship and a major scholarship to Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge. In 1930 Mr. Whitehouse was able to visit Cambridge and be entertained to dinner by Old Pharosians Sanders, Garland, Stanway, Dilnot, Carpenter, Trist and Jarrett. Jarrett rose through the Civil Service to become Sir Clifford Jarrett, K.B.E., permanent secretary or under-secretary to several ministries until he retired in 1970 and then for nine years often visited Dover and the school when he was Chairman of Dover Harbour Board (from 1971 to 1980).

Also see DGSB`s Obituary for Sir Clifford Jarrett.

John Latter on February 21, 2013

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

MS Poesia 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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  • Uploaded on May 22, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/13 07:23:38
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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