Gale kept cruise ships in and off port
Due to a storm the departure of the 'MSC Orchestra' and 'Artania' was delayed after the port authority barred any ship traffic n port on Jan 18, 2020. Tugs were called to stabilized the ships at their berths due to the gale force winds. The call of the 'Artania' at Port Elizabeth was skipped. Also the schedule of the 'AIDAmira was affected as she could not enter the port of Cape Town, as well as the 'Nautica' which was slated to reach the port at midday. On Jan 20 at 9 a.m. the 'Artania' left the port enroute to Durban, ETA Jan 22, followed by the 'MSC Orchestra' short time later on its way to Durban with an ETA as of Jan 24. The 'AIDAmira' was berthed at 11:30 a.m., followed by the 'Nautica'.
Cruise ship returned to quay
Since the afternoon of Sep 19. 2018, the "Nautica", having broken lose from its moorings at 11 a.m. and being held at sea, was assisted by the tugs 'Anglegarth‘ and 'Ayton Cross‘. They pushed the cruise ship against the quay of the Greenock Ocean Terminal until the wind abated. 478 passengers and 26 crew members were ashore when the ship broke lose in gusts of up to 90 m/h, caused by storm Ali. They were being looked after by the shore operations teams until conditions were safe enough for the vessel to be returned to the passenger terminal. The Greenock Town Hall was made available to passengers looking for shelter until conditions were safe enough for the vessel to return to the terminal at 9 p.m. Staff from Inverclyde Leisure and Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership assisted, and the passengers were even entertained by a piper. The vessel is on a 12-night British Isles cruise. The ship arrived in from Edinburgh and was bound to Belfast after the Clyde. Reports with photos and video: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1019797/storm-ali-scotland-greenock-cruise-ship-Oceania-Cruises-nautica http://uk.businessinsider.com/storm-ali-cruise-ship-with-people-on-board-torn-scotland-moorings-2018-9?r=US&IR=T https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-scotland-45575861/liner-breaks-free-as-storm-ali-hits-scotland https://www.inverclydenow.com/news/local-news/cruise-ship-detaches-from-dock-at-greenock-during-storm https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/16889088.storm-ali-drama-as-cruise-ship-breaks-free-at-greenock/
NAUTICA broke off moorings at Greenock
Cruise ship NAUTICA broke off her moorings at Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland, as severe wind battered the area, at around 1030 UTC Sep 19. The ship with 478 passengers on board started to drift, 3 tugs were sent to take her under control said Express.co.uk. According to AIS, as of 1500 UTC operation was still under way, with two tugs still at her side. The ship was brought to anchor, but probably needs assistance to hold on against gale-force windUpload News