MS Ocean Princess Cruise Ship at CT1, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on June 22, 2010

An early morning view of the MS Ocean Princess berthed alongside CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks.

In front of the MS Ocean Princess is the Rix Merlin, an oil products carrier.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.53 am on Monday, 7th of June, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The Ocean Princess had departed Ceuta (an autonomous city of Spain located on the North African side of the Strait of Gibraltar) on the 1st of June and stopped at Le Havre (France) for the day on the 6th before arriving in Dover at 4.07 am on the 7th. The Ocean Princess subsequently left Dover at 5.19 pm on an 18-day round-trip "Land of the Midnight Sun" cruise calling at Stavanger (Norway), Flåm (Flaam, Norway), Tromsø (Tromso, Norway), Magdalene Fjord (Spitsbergen: "Scenic Cruising"), Ny-Ålesund (Spitsbergen), Honningsvåg (Honningsvag, North Cape, Norway), Murmansk (Russia), Gravdal (Lofoten Islands, Norway), Trondheim (Norway), Hellesylt (Norway: "Scenic Cruising"), Geiranger (Norway), and Bergen (Norway). The Ocean Princess is due back in Dover on the 25th of June.

The Rix Merlin tanker, by way of contrast, spends most of its time at Immingham (a town in North East Lincolnshire, located on the south bank of the Humber Estuary) with occasional forays to nearby Hull and Grimsby. The ship appears to be in Dover just to service the Ocean Princess and left 5 hours after her arrival. On the 27th of May, the Rix Merlin had made a similar trip to Tees (Teesport, near Middleborough) to service an unknown vessel and stayed for 6 hours.

Ocean Princess (formerly R Four and then Tahitian Princess) is an R-class cruise ship operated by Princess Cruises. The Star Princess, also operated by Princess Cruises, called at Dover on Wednesday, 5th of May, 2010: see the Star Princess Cruise Ship at Dawn, the Star Princess Cruise Ship at Sunset, and the Star Princess leaving Dover Harbour photos.

The MS Regatta , another R-class ship, called at Dover on Wednesday, 2nd of June, 2010: see MS Regatta Cruise Ship at CT2 and MS Regatta Cruise Ship near Sunset.

The official Ocean Princess webpage can also be accessed via Princess Ships; click to see the Ocean Princess webcam.

Ocean Princess career (1)

Name: 1999 - 2002: R Four, 2002 - 2009: Tahitian Princess, 2009 - present: Ocean Princess

Owner: 1999 - 2001: Renaissance Cruises, 2002 - present: Carnival Corporation and PLC

Operator: 1999 - 2001: Renaissance Cruises, 2001 - 2002: laid up, 2002 - present: Princess Cruise Line

Port of registry: 1999 - 2002: Monrovia, Liberia, 2002 - 2005: Gibraltar, 2005 - present: Hamilton, Bermuda

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

In service: 1999

Current status: In Service

General characteristics (as Ocean Princess) (1) (2)

Class and type: R class cruise ship

Tonnage: 30,277 GRT

Displacement: 2,700 DWT

Length: 181.00 m (593 ft 10 in)

Beam: 25.46 m (83 ft 6 in)

Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)

Decks: 11 (9 passenger accessible)

Installed power: 4 × Wärtsilä 12V32 diesels, combined 13500 kW

Propulsion: Twin propellers

Speed: 18 kn (33.34 km/h)

Capacity: 688 (lower berths), 826 (all berths)

Crew: 373

Call Sign: ZCDS4

IMO: 9187899

MMSI: 310505000

Rix Merlin details (3)

Ship Type: Tanker

Year Built: 2005

Length x Breadth: 53 m X 8 m

DeadWeight: 750 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 8.8 / 6.5 knots

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: MKNG9

IMO: 9366952

MMSI: 235030851

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Ocean Princess (2) Marinetraffic entry for Ocean Princess (3) Marinetraffic entry for Rix Merlin

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John Latter on August 15, 2010

Also see the MS Ocean Princess Cruise Ship before Dawn photo, taken at 5.04 am on Saturday, 7th of August, 2010.

John Latter on January 17, 2013

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

MS Ocean Princess 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 January 17, 2013

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

MS Rix Merlin Oil Products Tanker

John Latter on January 17, 2013

Also see the MS Ocean Princess Cruise Ship and Rainbow in Dover Harbour photo, taken at 5.36 am on Saturday, 14th of August, 2010.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 21, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/07 06:53:07
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash