Topeka outbound in clear conditions this morning.
A reversal from the frigid conditions of last week saw air temperatures soar up in the +5C to +7C range, and with water temperatures still hovering around +2C, fog was the inevitable result.
As a trough passed over Nova Scotia over night, the infamous polar vortex covering the rest of North America made its way toward Halifax. Between 0600 and 0800 the temperature plummeted from +4C to 0C and the fog vanished as daylight arrived. Temperatures are expected to keep falling to the -5C to -10C range today. If the air temperature gets that low we could see the "polar" opposite: sea-smoke. (see January 1 posting).
Topeka was built in 2006 for Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carriers (and its name starts with the Line's traditional letter "T') and sails for the Wallenius-Wilhelmsen joint venture. It came from the Mhi Nagasaki Shipyard and Engineering Works and measures 61,321 grt. It has a capacity of 6,354 cars. Its next port is New York.