The Melfi Lines ship Fritz Reuter sailed from Halterm at noon time today, heading for sunny and warm Cuba, a winter holiday destination for many Nova Scotians. Most would not have expected winter to linger this long in Halifax, so it must have come as a relief for the ship's crew to be escaping our climate too.
Regular callers in the port seem to get short shrift on this blog after their fist call or until after their last call, but this ship has made 11 visits to Halifax so far since taking up its charter with Melfi in 2013, rather a long tenure for a line that frequently uses ships on shorter duration arrangements.
More details can be found in this previous reference: December 2013 Shipfax.
From the ship's bridge, the harbour pilot in orange floater coat, flanked by two ship's officers in white shirts oversee the linesmen letting go the last lines.