MS Eurodam Cruise Ship, Western Entrance, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

The MS Eurodam passing through the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour into the Straits of Dover and English Channel. The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater to the left.

The above photo was taken at 5.26 pm on Saturday, 29th of May, 2010, 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 MS Eurodam, previously berthed at Cruise Terminal 2 (CT2), is shown on its way to Copenhagen (Denmark). At the time of writing (Monday, 7th of June), the ship has subsequently called at St Petersburg (Russia) and Helsinki (Finland). The ship has probably also stopped at other Baltic ports.

DHB Dauntless near the stern of the ship is a Dover Harbour Board tug.

The MS Eurodam is scheduled to return to Dover on Wednesday, 9th of June, to begin a "12 Day Baltic Adventure" which will visit: Copenhagen (Denmark), Warnemünde (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), and then back to Dover again.

Prior to her arrival in Dover, the Eurodam passenger ship had been pottering around the Mediterranean Sea until it sailed from Piraeus (Athens, Greece) on the 16th of May, calling at Messina (Sicily, Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Cadiz (Spain), Guernsey (Channel Islands), Le Havre (France) along the way.

Click to see the official Eurodam webpage and the Eurodam blog. Couldn't find a webcam.

Other ships in port this day were the MS Braemar (currently my favourite "ship" photograph) and the MS Saga Pearl II.

The MS Eurodam is a Signature-Class cruise ship for Holland America Line. Following a christening ceremony by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on 1 July 2008, she entered service on July 5 2008 on her maiden voyage from Copenhagen (Denmark). The Eurodam is the 80th ship to enter Holland America's service and, at 86,700 tons and carrying 2,104 passengers, she is the largest Holland America ship to date. (1)

New features on the Eurodam include a Pan-Asian restaurant, an African-theme to the Explorer's Lounge, an Italian specialty restaurant and a redesigned atrium and show lounge. Ten cabins have floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows. Eighty-six percent of the cabins are on the outside, and 67% have balconies. She also has dynamic positioning abilities, and is powered by six diesel generators and propelled by Azipod propulsion technology. (1)

Holland America Line took the option on a sister ship to be delivered in 2010 (the MS Nieuw Amsterdam). (1)

Ship's details (1)

Name: MS Eurodam

Operator: Holland America Line

Port of registry: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Builder: Fincantieri Marghera shipyard, Italy

Christened: 1 July 2008 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

Class and type: Signature-class cruise ship (a derivative of Vista-class)

Tonnage: 86,700 gross register tons (GRT)

Length: 935 ft (285.0 m)

Beam: 105.8 ft (32.2 m)

Decks: 11 passenger decks

Installed power: 64 MW MaK M43C diesel-electric

Propulsion: Azipod

Speed: 23.9 kn (44.3 km/h; 27.5 mph) max,(22 kn (40.7 km/h; 25.3 mph) service)

Capacity: 2,104 passengers

Crew: 929 crew

And (2):

Call Sign: PHOS

IMO: 9378448

MMSI: 245206000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for the MS Eurodam (2) Marinetraffic entry for the MS Eurodam

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

From a press release dated 17th of June, 2010:

Dover named Holland America UK homeport

"Port of Dover has been named the UK homeport for Holland America Line (HAL) for 2011. Nine round-trips will operate from the port between May and August from the port onboard the MS Eurodam and MS Ryndam...

...The ships will journey on itineraries to the UK, Scandinavia, Norway, Baltic and Fjords."

John Latter on July 22, 2010

Click to see the MS Eurodam Cruise Ship leaving via the Eastern Entrance photo, taken on Wednesday, 9th of June, 2010.

Click to see the MS Eurodam just after Sunrise, Eastern Entrance, Dover Harbour photo, taken at 5.44 am on Tuesday, 29th of June, 2010.

John Latter on February 25, 2013

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

MS Eurodam 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 2010/05/29 17:26:07
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 50.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash