MS Maasdam Cruise Ship entering English Channel, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on August 13, 2010

The MS Maasdam entering the English Channel via the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour at 5.12 pm on Tuesday, 3rd of August, 2010.

The Western Entrance lies between the Southern Breakwater on the left (the lighthouse, currently undergoing maintainance, is the Dover Breakwater West End Light) and the Admiralty Pier on the right (the lighthouse, also undergoing maintainance, is the Admiralty Pier Light).

The photo was taken from the public walkway above Cruise Terminal 3 (see the MS Minerva at CT3 photo) on the Admiralty Pier, Western Docks.

Other photos of the Maasdam taken this day:

MS Maasdam Cruise Ship after Sunrise in the Western Entrance

MS Maasdam Cruise Ship nearing CT1 on the Admiralty Pier

MS Maasdam Cruise Ship berthed at Cruise Terminal 1

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

Click to see all Port of Dover Cruise Ship photos (related tags: Boats, Ferries, Ships, Tugs).

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

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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 13, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/03 17:12:07
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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