MS Insignia Cruise Ship before Dawn, CT2, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on July 30, 2010

The MS Insignia berthing at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of Dover Harbour's Western Docks, her bow pointing in the direction of the Western Entrance and English Channel beyond.

The DHB Dauntless tug belongs to Dover Harboard Board.

This Dover Harbour photo, best viewed by in a larger size, was taken at 4.37 am on Friday, 23rd of July, 2010, from near the Cafe and Lighthouse (to the left) end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

In the MS Insignia Cruise Ship and DHB Dauntless Tug before Dawn photo, taken 7 minutes earlier, I attributed the light trails on the lamps suspended between the funnel and the upper deck at the stern, and the first part of those going forward from the funnel to the main mast, to vibrations from the "low revolutions" of the ship's engines being aggravated by relatively long exposure times. I'll check this out the next time a cruise ship arrives so early by taking a photo when it has actually stopped. If I remember, that is.

Anyway, I would welcome any constructive criticism of the above photo, or any recommended websites night photography.

The MS Insignia is owned by Oceania Cruises and has just arrived from Portland in Dorset at the end of a 12-night "Windmills and Wonders" cruise that began in Amsterdam (Holland/Netherlands) on the 11th of July. The ship subsequently left Dover at 5 pm at the start of an 18-day "Lands of the Midnight Sun" cruise with the following itinerary:

Oslo (Norway), Stavanger (Norway), Hellesylt (Norway), Geiranger (Nordfjord, Norway), Norwegian Sea (cruising), North Cape (Honningsvaag, Norway), Murmansk (Russia), Hammerfest (Norway), Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen, Norway), Magdalene Bay (cruising), Polar Ice Barrier (cruising, Norway), Arctic Ocean (cruising), Harstad (Norway), Bergen (Norway), Kristiansand (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark; end of cruise).

Renaissance Cruises, originally founded in 1989, was a cruise line operator that operated year-round cruise itineraries to the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, Tahiti and the South Pacific, Northern Europe and Scandinavia. The company ceased operations on 25 September 2001. (1)

The pride of the fleet had been the line's eight 684-passenger R-Class ships named R One, R Two, R Three, R Four, R Five, R Six, R Seven and _R Eight. The ships in this class were built between 1998 and 2001. Following the bankruptcy of Renaissance Cruises, all of the vessels were chartered or sold to other cruise lines and continue to operate to this day. (1)

R-Class ships that have visited Dover so far this year are:

R One - Entered service for Renaissance Cruises in 1998. After the bankruptcy of the company she was sold to Cruiseinvest but laid up until 2003, when she was chartered to Oceania Cruises and renamed Insignia. In 2006 Oceania Cruises purchased the vessel.

R Two - Entered service for Renaissance Cruises in 1998. After the bankruptcy of the company she was sold to Cruiseinvest but laid up until 2002, when she was chartered to the newly-established Oceania Cruises and renamed Insignia. She was renamed Regatta the following year. In 2006 Oceania Cruises purchased the vessel.

R Four - Entered service for Renaissance Cruises in 1999. After the bankruptcy of the company she was laid up until late 2002, when she was sold to Princess Cruises and renamed Tahitian Princess. The ship was renamed again to Ocean Princess in November 2009.

MS Insignia details (1) (2):

Owner: Oceania Cruises

Names: R One (R 1), MS Insignia

Year Made: 1998

Year Refurbished: 2004

Gross Tonnage: 30,277

Length: 593.7 ft.

Beam: 83.5 feet

Max. Draught: 19.5 feet

Stabilizers: Yes

Cruising Speed: 18 Knots

Electric Power or Voltage: 110v, 220v AC

Guest Capacity (double occupancy): 684

Crew Size: 400

Guest-to-Staff Ratio: 1.71 to 1

Nationality of Officers: European

Nationality of Staff: European

Country of Registry: Marshall Islands

Callsign: V7DM2

IMO: 9156462

MMSI: 538001663

DHB Dauntless details (3):

Ship Type: Tug

Year Built: 2000

Length x Breadth: 30 m X 10 m

DeadWeight: 234 t

Speed recorded (Max / Average): 12.9 / 8.3 knots

Flag: United Kingdom (UK)

Call Sign: MZGC8

IMO: 9190456

MMSI: 232004784

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(1) Official webpage and webcam for MS Insignia (2) Marinetraffic entry for MS Insignia (3) Marinetraffic entry for DHB Dauntless

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John Latter on January 1, 2013

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

MS Insignia Cruise Ship

NB The ship has been renamed MS Columbus 2.

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 29, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/07/23 04:37:01
    • Exposure: 0.200s (1/5)
    • Focal Length: 21.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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