MSC Opera Cruise Ship and English Channel, Dover Harbour, Kent, England, UK

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

The MSC Opera heading into the Straits of Dover and English Channel through the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour. The Western Entrance, approximately 250 yards wide, lies between the Southern Breakwater on the left and the Admiralty Pier on the right.

The above photo was taken 5.19 pm on Monday, 14th of June, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The lighthouse in the photo itself (currently undergoing maintenance) is the Dover Breakwater West End Light: Built 1909. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); red light, one 3 second occultation every 30 seconds. 22 m (73 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted white (1).

At the moment, the bow of the First World War blockship, the Spanish Prince, lies close to the left-hand side of the lighthouse, but the Waasland Sea Barge is now in port to remove it (there is also a Multi-beam Sonar Image of the Spanish Prince available).

The DHB Dauntless tug belongs to Dover Harboard Board. Also in port this day were the MS Crystal Symphony at Cruise Terminal 1 and the MV Minerva at Cruise Terminal 3 (MSC Opera had been berthed at CT2).

The MSC Opera is shown at the beginning of an 11-night "Norwegian Fjords and Arctic" cruise with the following itinerary: Bergen (Norway), Hellesyt (Norway), Geiranger (Norway), Honningsvåg (Honningsvag, Norway), Tromsø (Tromso, Norway), Ålesund (Alesund, Norway), Amsterdam (Holland/Netherlands).

The MSC Opera arrived in Dover earlier in the day at the end of the previous "Norwegian Fjords and Arctic" cruise which had begun on the 3rd of June. The ship was also in port on the 21st of May when the MSC Opera in an Early Morning Sea Mist and MSC Opera near Cruise Terminal 1 photos were taken.

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

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) Lighthouses Depot (2) Wikipedia entry for MSC Opera (3) Marinetraffic entry for MSC Opera

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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 July 1, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/14 17:19:24
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.30 EV
    • No flash