The Milan Maersk is a second Generation Triple E, which was alongside Felixstowe Berth 9 misses her tidal window on Sunday due to strong North Westerly winds over night associated with a cold front passing over the UK.
The decision wasn't taken lightly about delaying such a huge vessel but safety comes first. Port of Felixstowe and the Milan Maersk's agent rescheduled her departure for 14:30UTC when the next available tidal window would be.
As the morning went on, the wind began to die down but there was still gusts up to 22 knots at times. Around 13:00UCT, Harwich VTS contacts the Svitzer Deben to say the pilot which was going to board the Milan said the he would like Deben and Kent with one of the others due to the weather conditions.
The pilot launch St Brendan takes the pilot across from Harwich to the tug pontoon. After going up the gangway and up to the bridge, the pilot radios VTS to clarify the height of tide to make sure there was enough water to depart. The Svitzer Deben leaves the pontoon and heads for the aft, shortly after the Kent leaves Ro-Ro3 and heads for the bow. Following a few minutes later, the Svitzer Shotley leaves the pontoon and loiters around until the pilot says that they will make them fast on the starboard bow....