MS Astor Cruise Ship before the White Cliffs of Dover, Port of Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on August 19, 2010

The MS Astor cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance and is shown making its way across the Outer Harbour to the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT3 (Cruise Terminal 3).

Below the White Cliffs of Dover on the left of the photo the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view). The Southern Breakwater brackets the other side of the Eastern Entrance, out-of-shot to the right of the ship.

The top of the Old South Foreland lighthouse, built in 1793, can just about be seen near the cliff edge.

The photo was taken at 7.07 am on Wednesday, 11th of August 2010, from near the Lighthouse and Cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

Other photos of the Astor taken today:

MS Astor at Cruise Terminal 3

MS Astor at Night

Since the beginning of August, the MS Astor has been wandering around the British Isles and arrived in Dover from Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The ship sailed from Dover later in the day at about 11.00 pm and has since been reported at Den Helder and Harlingen in the Netherlands; Hamburg, Brunsbuttel Canal Terminals, Rendsburg, and Sassnitz in Germany; Nekso in Denmark; Ustka and Nowy Port in Poland; Ventspils and Riga in Latvia; and Tallinn in Estonia.

MS Astor is a cruise ship owned by the Germany-based Premicon, under charter to the Germany-based Transocean Tours. She was built in 1987 under the name Astor by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (often abbreviated HDW) Kiel in West Germany for the Mauritius-based Marlan Corporation, although originally ordered by the South African Safmarine as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Southampton-Cape Town service. (1)

In 1988 the ship was sold to the Soviet Union-based Black Sea Shipping Company and renamed MS Feodor Dostoevskiy (variably also spelled Fedor Dostoevskiy and Fedor Dostoyevskiy, Russian: Фёдор Достое́вский), but spent her time under charter to various West German cruise lines. In 1995 she reverted to the name Astor. Since 1996 she has been under charter to Transocean Tours. (1)

On 28 November 2008 an attempted pirate attack on the Astor in the Gulf of Oman was prevented by a German Brandenburg-class frigate, the F218 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. (1)

Ship's details (1) (2):

Name: 1987 - 1988: Astor, 1988 - 1995: Feodor Dostoevskiy, 1995 onwards: Astor

Namesake: Fyodor Dostoevsky (2nd name)

Owner: 1987 - 1988: Marlan Corporation, 1988 - 1991: Black Sea Shipping Company, 1991 - 1996: Fedor Dostoevskiy Shipping Co., 1996 - ????: Astor Shipping Co., ???? onwards: Premicon

Operator: 1987-1988: Marlan Corporation, 1988 - 1990: Transocean Tours, 1990 - 1995: Neckermann Seereisen, 1995 - 1996: Aquamarin, 1996 onwards: Transocean Tours

Port of registry: 1987-1988: Port Louis, Mauritius; 1988 - 1991: Odessa, Soviet Union; 1991 onwards: Nassau Bahamas

Ordered: 1985

Builder: HDW Kiel, West Germany

Cost: 65 million dollars

Yard number: 218

Launched: 30 May 1986

Acquired: 14 January 1987

Maiden voyage: 14 January 1987

In service: 14 January 1987

Status: In service

Type: cruise ship

Tonnage: 20,606 GRT

Length: 176.26 m (578 ft 3 in)

Beam: 22.21 m (72 ft 10 in)

Draught: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)

Decks: 7 (passenger accessible)

Installed power: 4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä diesels combined 15,400 kW

Propulsion: Two propellers

Speed: 18 knots (33.34 km/h; 20.71 mph)

Capacity: 650 passengers, 3,780 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Crew: 300

Call Sign: C6JR3

IMO: 8506373

MMSI: 308214000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Astor (2) Marinetraffic entry for MS Astor

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John Latter on January 1, 2013

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

MS Astor 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 August 18, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/08/11 07:07:57
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash