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Photographer:John Latter [View profile]Title:SPIRIT OF BRITAINAdded:Jan 17, 2011
Captured:January 09, 2011IMO:9524231Hits:1,836
Location:Dover, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Ferries
Dover Tugs escorting the MS Spirit of Britain ferry in Dover Harbour, Kent, UK.

The above photo shows the MS Spirit of Britain about 4 minutes after she first entered the Eastern Entrance from the Straits of Dover and English Channel.

The Eastern Entrance, now behind the ship, is bracketed by the Eastern Arm pier on the left and the Southern Breakwater on the right.

The super-ferry has almost completed a ninety-degree turn to starboard and is about to head towards the ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks.

Nearing midships of the Spirit of Britain is the Dover Harbour Board tug, DHB Dauntless; her sister-tug, DHB Doughty, is almost completely hidden by the ferry's bow. Both tugs are firing their water cannon in a traditonal salute - its amazing how much water these dinky little boats can carry! :)

To the right of the base of DHB Doughty's jet of water is the Dover Port Control building on the Eastern Arm.

The above photo of the Spirit of Britain, best viewed in a larger size, was taken from near the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier at 11.09 am on Sunday, January 9th, 2011.

The ferry is scheduled to begin operating on the Dover to Calais route on January 21st.

Ferry Details (1):

Name: Spirit of Britain
Operator: P&O Ferries
Port of registry: Dover, United Kingdom
Route: Dover-Calais (English Channel)
Builder: STX Europe, Rauma, Finland
Yard number: 1367
Launched: 8 June 2010
Status: Completed

General characteristics (1) (2):

Tonnage: 49,000 tonnes
Length: 213 m (698.8 ft)
Beam: 31.4 m (103.0 ft)
Draft: 6.5 m (21.3 ft)
Installed power: 4 x MAN 7L 48/60 Diesels
Propulsion: 2 x controllable pitch propellers
3 x Bow thrusters
Speed: 22 kn (41 km/h)
Capacity: 2,000 passengers, 650 vehicles
Call Sign: 2DXD4
IMO: 9524231
MMSI: 235082716

DHB Doughty: Call Sign MZGA8, IMO 9190468, MMSI 232004783
DHB Dauntless: Call Sign MZGC8, IMO 9190456, MMSI 232004784

More info on the original Dover Tugs escorting the MS Spirit of Britain ferry in Dover Harbour webpage.

John Latter / Jorolat

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Vessel Identification
Name:Spirit Of Britain
Technical Data
Vessel type:Ro-ro/passenger Ship
Gross tonnage:47,592 tons
Summer DWT:9,500 tons
Length:213 m
Beam:32 m
Draught:6.8 m

Additional Information
Home port:Dover
Class society:Lloyd's Shipping Register
Build year:2011
AIS Information
Last known position:
51°2’29.1” N, 1°33’58” E
Speed, course (heading):
19.2kts, 288° (285°)
Arrival:31st Dec 2021
23:45:22 UTC
Last update:
2 days 17 hours ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)
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