Monday, June 28, 2010

Busiest Day in Halifax since....?

Fog and drizzle greeted us as we gazed out on the harbour this morning. Aegir is turning to back in to Pier 42, Halterm.

In addition to the usual busy Monday in the harbour, preparations for the International Fleet Review mean that this will be the busiest day in Halifax harbour in this century.

Normal traffic: container ships Italy Express, Aegir, Zim Pusan and Atlantic Compass will arrive this morning and most will sail later in the day or in the evening.

break bulk arrival: Onego Merchant

autocarrier: Elektra arriving at pier 27, moving to Autoport and sailing this evening.

Naval movements: 13 foreign naval vessels will be moving from various berths to anchorage in Bedford Basin between 0900 and 2000. Numerous Canadian warships will also be moving to the Basin, to join the four or five already there.

US nuclear submarine Virginia will be arriving at Shearwater.

This activity will keep tugs and pilots fully occupied and it would be a harbour watcher's field day if not for these added factors:

1. the weather

2. traffic on the land side will be chaotic due the arrival of HM the Queen.

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