Tuesday, 22 November 2011

MS Ryndam Cruise Ship before the Southern Breakwater, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

A view of the MS Ryndam heading for the Eastern Entrance of Dover Harbour and English Channel beyond at 5.12 pm on Sunday, 1st of May, 2011 (1):

MS Ryndam heading for Eastern Entrance and English Channel with 2 tugs, DHB Dauntless, DHB Doughty. Call sign: PHFV, IMO 8919269, MMSI 245026000. From Zeebrugge (Belgium) going Rotterdam (Netherlands)
(Click this MS Ryndam Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

The passenger ship is accompanied by two tugs, DHB Dauntless (left) and DHB Doughty (right), owned by Dover Harbour Board whose offices, located in Harbour House of Waterloo Crescent, overlook the harbour.

Behind the ship is the Southern Breakwater and the Dover Breakwater West End Light (2)

To the right of the lighthouse is the Western Entrance that lies between the breakwater and the Admiralty Pier (out-of-shot to the right: part of the Western Docks).

Cruise ships berth alongside the Admiralty Pier and then usually leave the Port of Dover by the Western Entrance. On this occasion strong winds have caused the Ryndam to opt for the same route a sister-ship, the MS Eurodam, took the previous year.

The photo was taken from the Prince of Wales Pier just as the Ryndam was passing the wreck site of the Spanish Prince (ex-Knight Bachelor), a World War I blockship scuttled/sunk in 1915.

Earlier in April, the Ryndam left the Gulf of Mexico by sailing south of the Florida Keys and then called at Cherbourg (France) and Zeebrugge (Belgium). The passenger ship is now beginning a 21-day Mediterranean Medley cruise and returned to Dover on Saturday, 21st of May, before the voyage finally ended in Rotterdam on the 22nd. Cruise itinerary (schedule):

Dover (England), Rotterdam (Holland, Netherlands), Lisbon (Portugal), Gibraltar (United Kingdom), Cartagena (Spain), Palma De Mallorca (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Marseille (France), Villefranche-sur-mer (France), Rome (Italy), Alghero (Italy), Ibiza, Almeria (Spain), Cadiz (Spain), Portimao (Portugal), Dover, Rotterdam.

The MS Ryndam (3)

The MS Ryndam is a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line (HAL) that is named for a dam on the Rhine River. She offers enhanced amenities and services and is designed to carry fewer passengers than other ships in her class. Themed around Dutch exploration, the (decor) décor features art and artifacts from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries.

The Ryndam is the third Statendam-class ship ordered by Holland America Line after the company's acquisition by Carnival Corporation & PLC.

The preceding two ships in this class are Statendam and Maasdam, both of which are still active.

MS Ryndam's styling builds upon that of the ships that were active for Holland America at the time of the purchase by Carnival, specifically the layouts of the MS Noordam and MS Nieuw Amsterdam (New Amsterdam). Public rooms such as the Explorers Lounge, Crow's Nest and Lido Restaurant, as well as their placement on the ship, all are transfers from these previous builds.

Concept and Construction

Built at Fincantieri (a shipbuilding company based in Trieste, Italy, formed in 1959), Ryndam features art specifically commissioned for the ship, including the sculpture featured in the central atrium that spans three decks: Lower Promenade, Promenade and Upper Promenade. Included amongst the art collection are pieces gleaned from previous Holland America ships from their more than 130 year history. Since Holland America recycles their ship names (new versions of Noordam and Nieuw Amsterdam are currently sailing), some references to previous ships that bore the Ryndam name can also be found.

The ship features 10 passenger-accessible decks, from the Sky Deck to A Deck. B Deck and below are reserved for crew activities, service facilities and crew accommodations. B Deck is only accessible to passengers during tendering operations. In order to facilitate moving of service equipment and supplies, Ryndam's B Deck features a classic "Broadway" construction: a wide central passage that runs the full length of the ship.

The ship is powered by twin diesel-electric engines with a top cruising speed of 22.6 knots.

Signature of Excellence Program

The Ryndam currently has received SOEP1 which included Pinnacle Grill specialty restaurant, the Neptune Lounge (for suite guests), the Culinary Arts Center with demonstration kitchen, expanded children’s and teens’ facilities, enhanced stateroom amenities, and improved dining and enrichment offerings and recently received SOEP2 in February 2011 which included Spa Staterooms, Mix which is a bar type lounge and Showroom at Sea (nightclub/lounge).

Official Signature of Excellence video:


During Ryndam's inaugural season in Alaska, a fire broke out in one of the shop storage lockers on the ship's B Deck just off the "Broadway" corridor during docking operations in Juneau, causing minor damage. The fire was quickly contained and cruise operations were unaffected.

In February 2007 Ryndam returned to San Diego (US) from a ten-day tour with 110 sickened from a norovirus outbreak. A CDC report filed later that year listed 40 violations.

On 27 November 2010, an intoxicated passenger released Ryndam's stern anchor while the ship was in international waters en route to Florida (USA). No damage to the ship was reported.

Click to see the MS Ryndam Official Webpage

Vessel Details (3) (4)

Name: Ryndam
Owner: Carnival Corporation & PLC
Operator: Holland America Line (Holland America Line website)
Port of registry: Netherlands, Rotterdam 1996, Bahamas 1994
Builder: Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy
Yard number: Monfalcone 5883
Completed: 9 September 1994
Identification Call sign: PHFV
IMO number: 8919269
MMSI no.: 245026000
Status: Operational
Class and type: Statendam-class
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 55,819 GT, 26,118 NT, 7,447 DWT
Length: 220 m (720 ft)
Beam: 32 m (105 ft)
Draught: 7.71 m (25.3 ft)
Depth: 19.13 m (62.8 ft)
Decks: 10
Deck clearance: 11.42 m (37.5 ft)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Capacity: 1,258 passengers
Crew: 602

Holland America Line (5)

The Holland America Line is a cruise shipping company. It was founded in 1873 as the "Netherlands-America Steamship Company" (Dutch: Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij), a shipping and passenger line. Headquartered in Rotterdam and providing service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line. HAL is now headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA.

The first ships sailed between Rotterdam and New York in 1872, with New York remaining the American terminal. Other services were started to South America and Baltimore. Cargo service to New York was added in 1899. During the first 25 years the company carried 400,000 people from the old world to the new world. Other North American ports were added during the early 20th century.

Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 HAL offered its first vacation cruise. Its second vacation cruise, from New York to the Holy Land (Hebrew: ארץ הקודש‎; Eretz HaQodesh ; Arabic: الأرض المقدسة Al-Ard Al-Muqaddasah; Palestine, Israel) was first offered in 1910. In 1971, HAL suspended transatlantic passenger trade and in 1973 sold its cargo shipping division.

In 1989, HAL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest cruise line. The company operates 15 ships to 7 continents and carries almost 700,000 cruise passengers a year. In addition to its cruise line, Holland America operates the Westmark Hotel chain in Alaska and the Yukon.

The Dover Harbour Board Tugs (6)

Bollard-pull DHB Dauntless tug: Call Sign MZGC8, IMO 9190456, MMSI 232004784.
Bollard-pull DHB Doughty tug: Call Sign MZGA8, IMO 9190468, MMSI 232004783.

More Tug photos.

Originally established in 1606, Dover Harbour Board is responsible for the administration, maintenance and improvement of the harbour at Dover.

It operates right at the heart of the UK's and Continental Europe's cross-Channel transport network, managing and piloting what has become one of today's busiest drive-on, drive-off terminals in the world.

The history and origins of the Port of Dover can be traced right back to Roman times.

Notes and Sources

Ex- Builder's Yard, now 6 apartments owned by Southern Housing Group (SHG housing association). Once rife with anti-social behaviour and psychological violence. Here I research specific areas of Evolution and Psychology.
Robsons Yard Flats

(1) On a cycle ride beginning at Robsons Yard Flats in the Tower Hamlets area of Dover, then: Athol Terrace (Eastern Docks) - Seafront Promenade - Prince of Wales Pier (Western Docks) - Robsons Yard.

This is where I do my Evolution and Psychology research! (archive)

(2) The lighthouse was built in 1909: Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); red light, one 3 second occultation every 30 seconds. 21 m (70 ft) round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. See more lighthouse photos.
(3) From MS Ryndam (Wikipedia)
(4) From MS Ryndam (Marinetraffic)
(5) From Holland America Line (Wikipedia)
(6) The official Dover Harbour Board website

The main photo first appeared at:

MS Ryndam Cruise Ship before the Southern Breakwater, Dover Harbour

Other Dover ships belonging to Holland America Line Cruises include:

Click to see all Dover MS Ryndam, Holland America Line Cruise Ships, Cruise Ship, and Tug photos.

Clickable thumbnails of all harbour-related photos on the main Panoramio Images of Dover website are available on this blog on the Port of Dover Page (also linked to at the top of the page below the blog title).

The Panoramio photos are each accompanied by a Google Earth satellite map. However, the images are smaller than those on the Images of Dover Blog and the captions are less well formatted.

Port of Dover travel and tourism in the Western Docks.

John Latter / Jorolat

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