MS Eurodam Cruise Ship after Sunrise, Eastern Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 15, 2010

On the left of the photo the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view) with the Eastern Entrance to the right of the ship bracketed by the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater.

The MS Eurodam entered Dover Harbour from the English Channel 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).

The photo was taken at 5.44 am on Tuesday, 29th of June, 2010, from a point mid-way between the Porthole Shelters and the Lighthouse on the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side). A zoomed shot: the ship is 700-800 yards away.

Unusually, the Eurodam is shown pivoting on its bow so that it will now continue the rest of its journey across the Outer Harbour in reverse. Every other large cruise ship I've seen enter Dover Harbour hasn't reversed until it reaches the Western Entrance - see the MS Disney Magic and MV Braemar for examples.

This manoeuvre may be due to the presense of the Waasland Sea Barge and the Gaverland Sea Barge who are in port to remove the wreck of the Spanish Prince (especially see the wreck site and detailed multi-beam sonar image photos). The Spanish Prince (ex-Knight Bachelor) was a blockship scuttled in early 1915 during the First World War.

On the other hand, it may be that the Captain of the Eurodam just likes to vary his routine. When the Eurodam left Dover on Wednesday, 9th of June 2010, for example, it did so via Eastern Entrance. Again, every other cruise ship has left via the Western Entrance, as the Eurodam herself did on Saturday, 29th of May, 2010.

The Eurodam has arrived from Stockholm (Sweden) and left Dover later in the day on a 10-day "Scandinavia & Russia Adventure" cruise (her last from Dover this year). Full itinerary: Kiel (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), St Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), and ending in Copenhagen (Denmark).

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

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)

Extract from a press release dated 17th of June, 2010 (2):

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.

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 (3):

Call Sign: PHOS

IMO: 9378448

MMSI: 245206000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for the MS Eurodam (2) Dover named Holland America UK homeport (3) Marinetraffic entry for the MS Eurodam

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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 July 15, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/29 05:44:43
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash