MV Minerva nearing CT 3, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on August 29, 2010

An early morning view of the MV Minerva approaching CT3 (Cruise Terminal 3) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks. To the left, the Western Entrance (bounded by the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater) gives access to the Straits of Dover and English Channel beyond.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.23 am on Monday, 14th of June, 2010, from near the Lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (western side). 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 reason the Minerva had to berth at CT3 (the furthest from shore) was because CT1 was already occupied by the MS Crystal Symphony and CT2, used for the larger passenger ships, was needed for the soon-to-arrive MSC Opera.

Also see the MV Minerva alongside Cruise Terminal 3, taken 6 minutes later.

At 4.58 pm the Minerva left Dover on a 15-night North Cape cruise to Norway with the following itinerary: Alesund (Ålesund), Harstad, Leknes, Floro (Florø), Flaam (Flåm), Bergen, and Stavenger. The ship returns to Dover on Tuesday, 29th of June.

Previously, MS Minerva had sailed from Itea (Greece) on the 27th of May and then called at Valletta (Malta), Malaga (Málaga, Spain), and Cadiz (Cádiz, Spain).

Click to see the official MV Minerva webpage.

The first Minerva is a cruise ship built in 1989, and originally intended as a Soviet research vessel, the Okean. The deal to purchase her fell through and she was purchased by Swan Hellenic (at the time a subsidiary of P and O Cruises) in 1996, and renamed Minerva. She is 436 feet long, has a beam of 65.6 feet and measures 12,500 gross tons. (1)

The ship sailed with Swan Hellenic until her lease ran out in 2003. She briefly sailed with Saga Cruises as the Saga Pearl, and was then chartered to Abercrombie and Kent as the Explorer II, making voyages to Antarctica and South America from December to April with up to 198 passengers. From May to November, she sailed for the German-owned travel company Phoenix Reisen as the Alexander von Humboldt. (1)

In July 2007 it was announced that the ship has been acquired by the re-launched Swan Hellenic line and the name reverted to Minerva. (1)

Ship's details (1) (2):

Name: MS Minerva

Operator: Swan Hellenic

Port of registry: The Bahamas

In service: April 29, 1996

Status: In service

Tonnage: 12,500 GT

Length: 436 ft (133 m)

Beam: 66.5 ft (20.3 m)

Draught: 18.9 ft (5.8 m)

Decks: 6 (passenger decks)

Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Capacity: 350 passengers

Crew: 160

Call Sign: SMGH

IMO: 9144196

MMSI: 309477000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MV Minerva (2) Marinetraffic entry for MV Minerva

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John Latter on August 29, 2010

Also see the MV Minerva Cruise Ship at Cruise Terminal 1, Admiralty Pier photo (taken at 7.42 am on Wednesday, 28th of July, 2010).

John Latter on August 29, 2010

More Minerva photos taken on Wednesday, 28th of July, 2010:

MV Minerva Cruise Ship before Dover Castle

MV Minerva Cruise Ship passing Dover Castle

John Latter on March 3, 2013

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

MS Minerva 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 March 3, 2013

More Minerva photos taken on Wednesday, 28th of July, 2010:

MV Minerva Cruise Ship before Dover Castle


MV Minerva Cruise Ship passing Dover Castle

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 29, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/14 06:23:00
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 40.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash