10 May 2012

Fram in Helsinki, 8 May 2012


IMO 9370018
Built 2007, Fincantieri Trieste, Italy
Tonnage 11 647 GT
Length 114,00 m
Width 20,20 m
Draugth 5,10 m
Ice class 1 A
500 passengers
318 passenger berths
4 MaK diesels, combined 7 924 kW
2 azipods
2 bow thruster
Speed 16 knots

The Fram was the second cruise ship to call in Helsinki for the 2012 summer cruise season on 8 May 2012. Unusually she came during the afternoon and departed late in the evening. My original plan was to photograph her from Kustaanmiekka, giving the somewhat unusual perspective of a ship arriving through the Kustaanmiekka strait (okay, ships do this every day - I'm just never up early enough to photograph them), but the Fram came in about an hour earlier than scheduled. Hence I was forced to photograph her from onboard the Suokki instead.

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On Kruunuvuorenselkä, inbound towards the South Harbour.
Passing bahind the fortification island Lonna - notice that the spring hasn't gotten very far yet.
I should take more vertical photographs - although getting the horizon straight in them is even more challenging than in horizontal shots.
Had the ship come in a earlier still (or a bit later) I could have taken fine photos in close quarters from the Suokki. Well, you can't always win.
And a bit later, the Fram at Pakkahuoneenlaituri about to discharge her passengers.

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