MS Seafrance Berlioz Ferry at Sunset, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on February 1, 2011

The MV Seafrance Berlioz cross-channel ferry entering the Western Entrance of Dover Harbour from the Straits of Dover and English Channel on Wednesday, 19th of January, 2011.

The Western Entrance lies between the Southern Breakwater on the left (cick to see the lighthouse), and the out-of-shot Admiralty Pier further to the right.

Once through the Western Entrance, the ship will veer around the North Cardinal Buoy (marking the Spanish Prince wreck site, a First World War blockship) on its way to the ferry terminal of the Eastern Docks.

The photo was taken from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

MV Seafrance Berlioz is a ferry owned by SeaFrance and operated on its Dover-Calais route. She was built in 2004 by Chantiers de l`Atlantique (Yard No.032) at Saint-Nazaire, France, for SeaFrance, as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Seafrance Berlioz is engined by Wartsila of Helsinki, Finland, and was launched 14 October 2004. She has a sister ship, the MV SeaFrance Rodin.

The Seafrance Berlioz carries out up to ten English Channel crossings per day with SeaFrance, in a time of 70 minutes each. In total, there are 11 decks. The passenger areas account for the upper two decks, with the lower decks used for the vehicles. The passenger area includes a retail space and children's play area. The retail area covers around 500 square metres and includes a boutique and a shopping area offering clothes, cosmetics, confectionary, beer, wines and spirits. There is also a newspaper kiosk, bureau de change and information desk.

On board, there are six bars and restaurants. The Latitudes café bar and the Le Parisien café are located in the ship's bow - the former on the upper deck and the latter on the lower deck. The Latitudes can seat 260 passengers with waiter service for 60 and the Le Parisien café can accommodate 350 diners. The other areas are the Relais self service restaurant, the la Brasserie Restaurant, the Le Pub bar, which has seating for 400 people, and a commercial driver's restaurant catering for 160 people. The Relais is situated at the stern and overlooks the children's play area. It has seating for 350 customers.

Maneuverability is important for a vessel having to make 20 port movements a day. To assist in manoeuvring at port, the vessel has four transverse thrusters, three in the bow and one in the stern. The Wartsila thrusters are rated at 1,800kW each. The propellers and thrusters can be controlled individually, with the aid of a joystick, or simultaneously. It can berth in wind speeds of 50 knots without tug assistance.

The Seafrance Berlioz is named after Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803 - March 8, 1869), a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem)). (1)

Another Seafrance ship shown passing through the Western Entrance is the Seafrance Nord Pas de Calais freight ferry.

Ship's Details (2) (3)

Name: MV Seafrance Berlioz

Owner: SeaFrance

Operator: SeaFrance

Port of registry: Calais, France

Route: Dover-Calais

Builder: Chantiers Atlantique, France

Yard number: 032

Launched: October 14th 2004

In service: March 30th 2005

Status: In service

Tonnage: 33,796 GT (gross tonnage)

Length: 185.82 m (610 ft)

Beam: 27.7 m (91 ft)

Installed power: 2 x Wartsila 8L46B, 2 x Wartsila 12V46B diesels, 9,000kW

Speed: 25 kn (46.30 km/h)

Capacity: 1900 passengers, 2000 lane metres (120 lorries or 700 cars)

Flag: France (FR)

Call Sign: FMAB

IMO: 9305843

MMSI: 228085000

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Hector Berlioz; also see the Hector Berlioz website

(2) Wikipedia entry for Seafrance Berlioz

(3) Marinetraffic entry for Seafrance Berlioz

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John Latter on February 26, 2013

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

MS Seafrance Berlioz Ferry (now MyFerryLink Berlioz)

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 February 1, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/01/19 14:22:25
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
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