MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship, Admiralty Pier CT2, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on June 1, 2010

The MS Costa Atlantica berthed at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks, pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 7.14 am on Wednesday, 19th 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).

Click to see the Costa Atlantica webcam and MS Costa Magica at Cruise Terminal 2, Dover Harbour photo, taken two days earlier on the 17th of May.

Before the MS Costa Atlantica arrived in Dover (which I may get another chance to photograph when she returns on the 7th of September), the ship had sailed from New York (USA) and called at Boston (USA) and Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada).

At the time of writing (28th of May), the ship has since called at Bremerhaven (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Stockholm (Sweden), St. Pertersburg (Russia), Rostok (Germany), and Copenhagen again.

On the 29th of May, 2010, the ship left Copenhagen on the first of a series of 7-night European Cruises calling at Hellesylt (Norway; Technical Call), Geiranger (Norway), Flam (Flåm, Norway), Stavanger (Norway), Oslo (Norway), Warnemünde Germany), before returning to Copenhagen.

The MS Costa Atlantica is a Spirit-class cruise ship owned and operated by Costa Cruises (see their Costa Atlanica homepage). She was built in 2000 by the Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Helsinki New Shipyard (also called Hietalahti Shipyard), Helsinki, Finland.

Each passenger deck on the Costa Atlantica are named after a movie by the Italian director Federico Fellini. She is decorated with Carrara marble, Murano-glass accents, and in-laid mosaic tile. She also replicates Venice's Caffe Florian. (1)

General characteristics

Class and type: Spirit-class cruise ship

Tonnage: 85,619 GT (gross tonnage)

Displacement: 7,500 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Length: 292.56 metres (960 ft)

Beam: 32.20 metres (106 ft)

Draught: 7.80 metres (26 ft)

Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 9R46 diesels, combined 63,370 kW

Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)

Capacity: 2,114 passengers[citation needed] (2,680 full occupancy)

Crew: 897

Flag: Italy [IT]

Call Sign: IBLQ

IMO: 9187796

MMSI: 247645000

Launched: 11 November 1999

Acquired: 30 June 2000

In service: 17 July 2000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Costa Atlantica (2) Marine Traffic entry for Costa Atlanica

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John Latter on February 27, 2013

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

MS Costa Atlantica 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.

John Latter on February 27, 2013

Also see:

MS Costa Atlantica Cruise Ship just after Daybreak, Port of Dover

Taken on Tuesday, 7th of September, 2010, en route from Copenhagen (Denmark) to New York (USA).

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 1, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/19 07:14:04
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash