MT Clipper Bordeaux and Admiralty Pier Light, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 27, 2010

The MT Clipper Bordeaux about to enter the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour from the English Channel at 5.33 pm on Friday, 25th of June, 2010.

The Western Entrance lies between the Admiralty Pier on the right and the Southern Breakwater out-of-shot to the left.

The zoomed photo, best viewed in a larger size, was taken from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The lighthouse in the photo itself was built in 1908 and is a 72 feet high cast iron tower with a white flash every 7.5 seconds when in use: click to see the Admiralty Pier Light photo for more information.

Between the Clipper Bordeaux and the Admiralty Pier is a small launch making its way back to the harbour. This is Dover Harbour Board's DHB Dovorian, a Pilot and Harbour Patrol Vessel, which has just collected the pilots from two cruise ships that have just left the harbour:

MSC Opera (taken on the 14th of June)

MS Ocean Princess (taken on the 7th of June)

Also see the MT Clipper Bordeaux Oil Products Tanker, Western Entrance photo, taken half a minute after the one on this page and showing the Norman Bridge and Pride of Calais cross-channel ferries in the background.

The Clipper Bordeaux was built by the Rousse Shipyard J.S.C. of Bulgaria, launched in 2005, and apparently originally called the Crescent Bordeaux. In early 2006 the Rousse Shipyard issued the following press release (1):

Today, January 18, 2006 a new ship hull No 841 was delivered officially to Clipper Tankship Ltd., Southampton, England. The ship has been built under the survey of Lloyd Register. The ship’s name is "Clipper Bordeaux".

Diesel Driven 3400 TDW Oil Tanker.

A Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund webpage states (2):

Clipper Wonsild Tankers (UK) Limited (formerly Crescent Tankships Ltd)

This probably accounts for the change in the ship's name. Clipper Wonsild Tankers is now part of the Clipper Group.

Clipper Bordeaux details (3):

Ship Type: Tanker (Oil Products)

Year Built: 2006

Length: 88 m

Breadth: 14 m

DeadWeight: 3544 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 7.5 / 7.5 knots

Flag: Malta (MT)

Call Sign: 9HUM9 (ex-MKYD2)

IMO: 9281803

MMSI: 249550000

Click to see all Ship and Lighthouse photos (related tags: Boats, Ferries, Cruise Ship, Tugs).

(1) Rousse Shipyard: Official delivery of the new ship hull No. 841 (2) Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund Participating Employers (3) Marinetraffic entry for Clipper Bordeaux

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John Latter on August 1, 2010

Click to see the MT Clipper Bordeaux at Sunrise, Cruise Terminal 1 photo (taken on Sunday, 18th of July, 2010).

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 24, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/25 17:33:01
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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