After two days of high winds the port is gradually returning to normal. As of noon today the pilot boat was still off station on weather watch. There are ships wanting to leave and others wanting to arrive, but conditions at the pilot station are still not safe for pilot boarding. The situation is being monitored and I expect the boat will be back at work this afternoon.
As a precursor to more activity, the bunkering tanker Algoma Dartmouth returned to her berth at pier 34 after anchoring in Bedford Basin since Sunday afternoon. A photo from her starboard side shows the fenders she carries around with her all the time and some rubber bumpers mounted on the accommodation decks. These allow her to stay alongside her customers without doing damage (and creating sparks.) Because these fenders are more or less permanent she always ties up starboard side to the customer ships.