MS Fram Cruise Ship and Sea Fog in Dover Harbour, Kent, England, UK

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John Latter on May 8, 2011

The MS Fram cruise ship entered Dover Harbour from via the Eastern Entrance (on the right) and is shown making her way across the Outer Harbour to the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where she will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2).

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

The above zoomed photo was taken at 8.33 am on Friday, 15th of April, 2011, from near the Lighthouse and Cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

In the English Channel, sea fog can occur at any time of the year but seems to be more common in the late Spring and early to mid-Summer when the water inshore is still fairly cold (1). However, I'm sure the fog descending as the MS Fram entered port was a very familar sight to the captain and crew - after all, they spend one half of the year in Antarctic waters (the Antarctic or Southern Ocean) and the other half around Greenland and the Arctic Ocean!

The MS Fram has just finished a "Spring in Western Europe" cruise which began on the 7th of April with the following itinerary:

Lisbon (Portugal), Porto (Oporto, Portugal), La Coruna (Spain), Bay of Biscay, Bordeaux (France), Sark (Channel Islands, UK), Guernsey (Channel Islands, UK), Honfleur (France), Dover (for London, UK).

At 5 pm, the MS Fram left the Port of Dover at the start of an 11-day, "Norwegian Highlights" cruise calling at:

Stavanger, Lysefjord (cruising), Rosendal, Ulvik ,Eidfjord, Flam, Naeroyfjord, Gudvangen, Alesund, Geiranger, Geirangerfjord, Olden, Nordfjord, Hyenfjord, Bergen, Oslo (and return flight from Norway to the UK).

Click to see the official MS Fram webpage and MS Fram blog (which contains a link to this MS Fram webcam).

The MS Fram (2)

MS Fram is a passenger vessel operated by the Norway-based Hurtigruten Group. The ship is named after the ship used by polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen (the MS Athena cruise ship - another visitor to Dover - was once called the Fridtjof Nansen).

The MS Fram operates in the Arctic Ocean and around Greenland (an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark) in the summer, and cruises around Antarctica at other times of the year. In December 2007, the ship lost power and struck a glacier in Antarctica, sustaining damage to the starboard side; the collision did not affect the ship's seaworthiness.

(Hurtigruten or Hurtigruta - literally "Express Route", but sometimes referred to as Norwegian Coastal Express in English - is a Norwegian passenger and freight line with daily sailings along Norway's western and northern coast. Besides the traditional coastal voyage, the company operates ferries and high-speed regional express ships in Norway, as well as international cruises around Greenland, South America and Antarctica.)

The Fram (3)

The original Fram ("Forward"), items from which are displayed throughout the MS Fram, was a ship used in expeditions of the Arctic and Antarctic regions by the Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup, Oscar Wisting, and Roald Amundsen between 1893 and 1912. It was designed by the Scots-Norwegian shipwright Colin Archer for Fridtjof Nansen's 1893 Arctic expedition in which Fram was supposed to freeze into the Arctic ice sheet and float with it over the North Pole (NOAA North Pole webcam).

The Fram is said to have sailed farther north (85°57'N) and farther south (78°41'S) than any other wooden ship. Fram is currently preserved at the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway.

Adridged extract from The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1910-1912 (Volume 1) by Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen:

The ship was no racer, nor was she an absolute log. We ran before the north-east wind towards the English Channel at a speed of about seven knots, and with that we were satisfied for the time being. The important question for us was whether we should keep the favourable wind till we were well through the Straits of Dover, and, preferably, a good way down Channel. Our engine power was far too limited to make it of any use trying to go against the wind, and we should have been obliged in that case to have recourse to the sailing-ship's method - beating.

Tacking in the English Channel - the busiest part of the world's seas - is in itself no very pleasant work; for us it would be so much the worse, as it would greatly encroach on the time that could be devoted to oceanographical investigations. But the east wind held with praiseworthy steadiness. In the course of a few days we were through the Channel, and about a week after leaving Norway we were able to take the first oceanographical station at the point arranged according to the plan.

Information on the South Pole and USAP South Pole webcam

MS Fram details (2) (4)

Name: MS Fram (alt. MV Fram)

Operator: Hurtigruten

Port of registry: Tromsø (Tromso), Norway

Builder: Fincantieri, Trieste (Italy)

Laid down: March 2006

Launched: 18 November 2006

Christened: May 2007

Status: In service

Tonnage: 12700 GT

Length: 114 m (374 ft 0 in)

Beam: 20.2 m (66 ft 3 in)

Decks: Eight

Ice class: 1B

Speed: 13 knots (24.08 km/h; 14.96 mph)

Capacity: 400 passengers, 280 berths, 0 cars

Call Sign: LADA7

IMO: 9370018

MMSI: 258932000

Click to see all Cruise Ship photos (related tags: Boats, Ferries, Lifeboats, Navy, Sailing Ships, Ships, Tugs, and Workboats).

(1) Fog De-mystified - when, where and how it forms

(2) Wikipedia entry for MS Fram

(3) Wikipedia entry for Fram

(4) Marinetraffic entry for MS Fram

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AL1612 on May 19, 2011

Beautiful shot of the Fram. I'm going to see her with my own eyes next week so thank you for giving me this nice preview. :o))

Greetings from Germany, Anette

John Latter on May 20, 2011

AL1612, on May 19th, 2011, said:

Beautiful shot of the Fram. I'm going to see her with my own eyes next week so thank you for giving me this nice preview. :o))

Greetings from Germany, Anette

Thank you, Anette - and I hope you enjoy your visit seeing the Fram!

Greetings from Dover, England :)

John Latter on April 3, 2013

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

MS Fram 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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