Tuesday, 4 October 2011

MV Fram Cruise Ship on a Foggy Morning in Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The MS Fram cruise ship entered Dover Harbour - closely followed by fog! - via the Eastern Entrance and is shown in front of the White Cliffs of Dover and Eastern Arm pier:

MS Fram operated by the Norway-based Hurtigruten Group. Call Sign: LADA7, IMO: 9370018, MMSI: 258932000. Tonnage: 12700 GT, Length: 114 m (374 ft 0 in), Beam: 20.2 m (66 ft 3 in)

The passenger ship is heading towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2).

This zoomed photo 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).

To the left of the passenger ship, the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view). The English Channel is on the right.

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).

MS Fram is a passenger vessel operated by the Norway-based Hurtigruten Group. The ship is named after the 1893 Fram used by polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen. The MS Athena (ex-Stockholm) cruise ship - another visitor to Dover - was once called the Fridtjof Nansen.

The original ship is preserved at the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway

The modern 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.

Some MS Fram details:

Port of registry: Tromsø (Tromso), Norway
Builder: Fincantieri, Trieste (Italy)
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

More information (including sources used and a Google Earth satellite map) can be found on this photo's original webpage at:

MV Fram Cruise Ship on a Foggy Morning in Dover Harbour

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