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~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for June 2021 ~ 1of2 ~ ~Britannia ~ Weymouth Bay
Amy Frost's impactful images of Britannia were taken during April in Weymouth Bay. Following world-wide disruption of transport and tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic, UK cruise brand P&O is planning sailings from Southampton this summer with Britannia, a faithful temporary resident in Weymouth Bay during the past year. It seemed the least we could do to celebrate her re-entry into service with these great shots. The ship was ordered in 2011 from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, launched in February 2014 at their Monfalcone yard and christened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015 … sailing on her maiden voyage a few days later. Britannia is the third of Carnival Corporation’s “Royal Class” new builds and cost £473 Million. In 2013 Princess Cruises began operating the lead vessel Royal Princess with the second ship of the series Regal Princess delivered in May 2014. Britannia is built to the same template, but its character and exterior appearance have been tailored for P&O.
~SHIPS~DORSET~ Images of the Month for June 2021 ~ 2of2 ~ ~Britannia ~ Weymouth Bay
Key Dimensions: Gross Tonnage 143,730 … Length 330m …Beam 44m … Draft 8.5m … 15 passenger decks … Speed 22 knots Capacity: 3,647 passengers … 1,398 crew … 1,837 passenger cabins including 64 suites with all outside cabins having balconies for the first time on a P&O cruise ship. Main Machinery: Four main diesel generators serve the ship’s entire energy network as well as propulsion drives. Two 12-cylinder plus two 14-cylinder Wartsila 46F-series medium-speed engines deliver a maximum power output of 62MW. Britannia has two 18MW VEM Sachsenwerk electric propulsion motors with fixed shafts turning the six-bladed propellers at a maximum 142rpm, conferring a service speed capability approaching 22 knots. To provide a high degree of manoeuvrability Britannia is equipped with three 2.5MW tunnel thrusters at the bow and three at the stern. The combined output of the thrusters is in excess of the propulsion power of many deep-sea merchant ships.
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