MSC Opera Cruise Ship in Early Morning Sea Mist, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on June 8, 2010

The MSC Opera cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance and is now making its way across the Outer Harbour towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2).

Behind the ship, the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal) to the Eastern Entrance which is bracketed by the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater further to the right.

The photo was taken at 7.47 am on Friday, 21st of May, 2010, from a point mid-way between the Porthole Shelters and the Lighthouse on the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

There's a similar view of the MS AIDAcara, which arrived 20 minutes earlier.

Life changed dramatically for eight of the passengers on the MSC Opera after the ship had berthed (1):

Cocaine with an estimated street value of 1.4 million GBP has been discovered on a cruise ship at the Port of Dover.

UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers seized the haul of around 35 kilos after searching the MSC Opera when it arrived from Brazil en route to Amsterdam on May 21.

Eight Latvian and Lithuanian passengers were arrested after the drugs were found in cabins and they have appeared in court charged with drug smuggling.

Click to see the official MSC Opera webpage and the MSC Opera webcam..

The MSC Opera departed late in the afternoon of the 21st May for a 2-night round-trip to Amsterdam (Netherlands/Holland; via IJmuiden and the North Sea Canal), arriving back in Dover in the early hours of Sunday, 23rd of May.

Prior to her arrival in Dover, the MSC Opera had sailed from Rio de Janiero (Brazil) on the 4th of May, calling in at Salvador (Bahia, Brazil) on the 6th.

The MSC Opera is a cruise ship built in 2004 and currently operated by MSC Cruises (a division of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A, Naples, Italy)). She served as the flagship of the company until MSC Musica entered service in 2006. She can accommodate 2,055 passengers in 856 cabins. Her crew complement is approximately 740. (2)

General characteristics (2) (3):

Class and type: Mistral-class cruise ship

Length: 824 feet (251 m)

Depth: 6,60 meters

Decks: 9

Propulsion: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V/38A diesels, combined 30 600 kW

Speed: 21.7-knot (40 km/h; 25 mph)

Capacity: 1,712 passengers (double basis)

Crew: 740

Flag: Panama [PA]

Call Sign: H3FV

IMO: 9250464

MMSI: 357627000

Career (2)

Name: MSC Opera

Owner: MSC Cruises

Operator: MSC Cruises

Port of registry: Panama

Builder: Chantiers de l`Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France

Status: In service

Sister ship: MSC Lirica

The MSC Orchestra and MSC Poesia have also visited Dover in 2010.

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(1) This is Kent: Cocaine worth 1.4 million GBP found on cruise ship in Port of Dover (2) Wikipedia entrey for MSC Opera (3) Marinetraffic entry for MSC Opera

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Diego De Conca on June 8, 2010

Interesting lighting! Greetings, D.

John Latter on June 8, 2010

d-ego, on June 8th, 2010, said:

Interesting lighting! Greetings, D.

Thank you for your comment, Diego :)

When ships enter Dover Harbour they only briefly go north of the location of where I stand so its difficult (for me, at least!) to take a more conventional photo.

CT2 is also awkward to photograph - personally, I think Dover Harbour should be mounted on a huge turntable and then rotated so that I can get the shots I want.

John

Diego De Conca on June 8, 2010

I find very interesting your work on ships. I would like to learn more. And I would also suggest you see the picture of chilefoto. A lot of icredible pictures of cargo ships! Ciao, Diego

John Latter on June 8, 2010

d-ego, on June 8th, 2010, said:

I find very interesting your work on ships. I would like to learn more.

Thank you, Diego :)

And I would also suggest you see the picture of chilefoto. A lot of icredible pictures of cargo ships! Ciao, Diego

I agree - some of chilefoto's images are quite stunning!

John

John Latter on June 9, 2010

John Latter, on June 8th, 2010, said:

The _MSC Opera departed late in the afternoon of the 21st May for a 2-night round-trip to Amsterdam (Netherlands/Holland; via IJmuiden and the North Sea Canal), arriving back in Dover in the early hours of Sunday, 23rd of May._

Click to see the MSC Opera berthed at CT1 after her return on the 23rd of May.

John Latter on February 24, 2013

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

MSC Opera 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 June 8, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/21 07:47:16
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.70 EV
    • No flash

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