Strong winds and rains have shutdown pilotage operations outside the harbour.
Zim Texas appears to have anchored in the outer anchorage, and tankers Heather Knudsen and Serifos are circling. (Serifos had been at anchor after offloading at Tufts Cove over the weekend) Fusion is also out there.
McAsphalt/Stirling who are now running the Algoma Dartmouth were in the process of adding a tank to their farm in eastern passage to store bunker fuels. I stopped by to take a photo, and discovered it was damaged in yesterdays wind. As the tank was still being erected, it was lacking full support, including a roof.
With the worst of the storm still due in Halifax, many arrivals have taken shelter.
(Above)Offshore supply Vessel Panuke Sea is riding out the storm in the basin. (Below) Zim Texas arived, and went right to anchor. Maersk Palermo also arrived this morning, but tied up at 42, which is one of the most exposed piers in the port.
(Below)Thorco Celebration arrived and also went to anchor. She is Pretty typical of the general cargo vessels we get in Halifax.
(Below) Irving Tanker Acadian, also at anchor. She recently arrived from St johns, and may have product for the irving facility here.
Remember folks, we now have the Smart Atlantic Weather buoy off Herring Cove. You can get current conditions from it at http://www.smartatlantic.ca/Halifax/buoy.php
Zim Barcelona is currently anchored off pier42 mostly empty. Zim Rio Grande is currently in the outer anchorages. Zim Barcelona departed pier 41 earlier but was unable to sail due to high seas and wind shutting down pilotage operations. Zim rio grande is unable to enter for the same reason.
One vessel did enter port. The offshore tug Ryan Leat has a pilotage exemption
Pilotage ops resumed this morning, as weather improved. Kiel Express and Atlantic Cartier, tied up at fairview, Don Juan left autoport, sanderling tied up, and Kometic Anchored for bunkers (above).
With 21 foot seas reported in the approaches, the pilot boats are staying put. Pilotage ops are suspended,with updates every 2 hours. As a result Atlantic Cartier, and Kiel Express are paceing outside the harbour, and the car carrier Don Juan is staying put at autoport, despite being scheduled to leave yesterday evening. OOCL California is also ready to depart when weather improves.
A rare Sight, a very lightly loaded OOCL Antwerp is at anchor in the basin for a few Hours this Morning. Halifax is suffering from a traffic jam, as a result of the Sandy induced Port Closure in New York.
Italy Express (right) is Tied up, Scheduled to depart later today bound for NY. Duseldorf Express (left) was likely also affected, and is taking bunkers. Zim Panama is also waiting for Halterm in the outer anchorage.
Photos to Come.
Below OOCL Antwerp Boarding her Pilot to move to Fairview cove in place of Italy Express