MS Maasdam Cruise Ship after Sunrise, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on August 13, 2010

A view of the MS Maasdam in the early morning sunlight as it begins reversing towards CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1) of the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks.

The bow of the Maasdam is pointing towards the open waters of the Straits of Dover and the English Channel through Dover Harbour's Western Entrance (bounded by the Admiralty Pier behind and to the right of the ship, and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater further to the left).

The DHB Dauntless tug belongs to Dover Harboard Board: see the DHB Dauntless at CT 1 and DHB Dauntless at CT 2 photos for a complete view of the boat.

The Maasdam has begun reversing past the bow of another cruise ship, that of the Norwegian Sun which berthed alongside Cruise Terminal 2 just a few minutes earlier (see the Norwegian Sun at CT2 photo, taken on Friday, 4th of June, 2010).

The above Dover Harbour photo of the Maasdam was taken at 6.33 am on Tuesday, 3rd of August, 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

Other photos of the Maasdam taken this day:

MS Maasdam Cruise Ship nearing Cruise Terminal 1, Western Docks

MS Maasdam Cruise Ship berthed at Cruise Terminal 1

MS Maasdam Cruise Ship leaving the Western Entrance

The Maasdam left Boston (Massachusetts, USA) on Saturday, July 17. Before arriving in Dover the ship called at: St Pierre (Territorial Collectivity of St Pierre and Miquelon, France), St. Johns (Newfoundland, Canada), Qaqortoq (Danish: Julianehåb, Greenland), Isafjordur (Ísafjörður, Iceland), Akureyri (Iceland), Aalesund (Ålesund, Norway), Bergen (Norway), Oslo (Norway), and Copenhagen (Denmark).

The Maasdam left Dover later in the day at 5.11pm on an 18-day "Voyage Of The Vikings" cruise. Itinerary: Amsterdam (Holland/Netherlands), Dunmore East (Waterford, Eire/Ireland), Liverpool (UK), Dublin (Eire/Ireland), Heimaey (Iceland), Reykjavik (Iceland), Nanortalik (Greenland), St. Anthony (Newfoundland, Canada), Corner Brook (Newfoundland, Canada), Bar Harbor (Maine, USA), and Boston (Massachusetts, USA).

The Maasdam is a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship named for a dam located on the Maas River in the Netherlands. She was ordered along with her sisters MS Statendam and MS Ryndam in 1989 from the Fincantieri Shipyards in Italy. (1)

The Maasdam and her sisters have articulated "Hinze" flap rudders, basically a rudder with a small portion of its aft that can be steered in addition to the main rudder, for exceptional maneuverability. When launched in 1993 her class proved to be one of the world's most technically advanced and optimised cruise ships in the world during sea trials. (1)

The ship was dedicated in December 1993, by the actress June Allyson (2)

Other Holland America Line that have called at Dover this year are the Eurodam and the Prinsendam.

Maasdam details (1) (3):

Name: MS Maasdam

Owner: Holland America Line

Operator: Holland America Line

Port of registry: Netherlands, Rotterdam

Ordered: 29 November 1989

Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy

Cost: 180 million US dollars

Yard number: 5882

Completed: January 1, 1993

Call sign: PFRO

IMO number: 8919257

MMSI number.: 244958000

Class and type: "S class" cruise ship

Tonnage: 55,575 GT

Displacement: 10,965 DWT

Length: 220 m (721.78 ft)

Beam: 30.937 m (101.50 ft)

Height: 40 m (131.23 ft)

Draught: 7.6 m (24.93 ft)

Decks: 10

Ice class: 1D

Installed power: Two Sulzer 12ZAV40S, Two Sulzer 8ZAL40 diesels (All engines built under license by Fincantieri/Grandi Motori Trieste)

Propulsion: Electric shaftline

Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)

Capacity: 1,258 passengers

Crew: 580

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Maasdam (2) Official Maasdam webpage (3) Marinetraffic entry for MV Maasdam

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John Latter on December 16, 2012

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

MS Maasdam 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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  • Uploaded on August 6, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/03 06:33:19
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    • F/Stop: f/11.000
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