The ship left port at around 2130 hours and after disembarking its pilot set out on its normal course for New York however at about midnight its speed dropped off from better than 13 knots to .4 knots and the ship began a leisurely drift southward.
With severe weather approaching from the southwest it seems a strange thing to do. It is possible that the ship is carrying out some routine maintenance that would have kept it in port beyond its normal sailing time.
The 96,817 grt, 109,000 dwt ship was built in 2011 and has a container capacity of 8465 TEU, and is on the Columbus Loop service of CMA CGM in partnership with UASC and CSCL.
For a photo of the ship, see yesterday's Halifax Shipping News