Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Mein Schiff 1 flees

The cruise ship Mein Schiff 1 made the briefest of calls in Halifax today. Scheduled to arrive  at the pilot station at 0730 that would have put the ship alongside pier 22 at 0830, but not fully secured until closer to 0900. The ship did make it alongside, but by 0930 it had at least one tug in attendance and a pilot ordered and was getting away again for sea.

Today's forecast for high winds came true shortly after 0900 when a short burst probably exceeded the predicted maximum of 40 kph by about double. That would certainly have made maintaining the ship's position at pier 22 very difficult if not impossible. The ship is due in New York (Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey) October 25, so will very likely head there directly.

The ship's fall schedule was disrupted by weather last week when it arrived in Portland a day early and remained over night. As far as I am aware it was able to call in Boston, Bar Harbor, Saint John and Sydney as planned.

The smaller cruise ship Silver Wind is was still due for a 1000hrs arrival at the pilot station, however it canceled too and so there were no cruise ships today.


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