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Arcadia - Delayed Departure from Liverpool

Photographs © John H. Luxton 2012 & Kevin Bennett 2012

Additional photographs from a different view point on the Wallasey shore by Kevin Bennett.

Carnival Corporation P&O division's ARCADIA set sail from Southampton on a Round the British Isles itinerary on June 16, 2012. Her ports of call being Queensferry (for Edinburgh) - June 18, Invergordon - June 19;  Belfast - June 21; arriving at Liverpool on June 22. She was due to call at Dublin on June 23, however due to adverse weather conditions on the evening of June 22 her departure was cancelled as pilotage operations were suspended thus the ship remained alongside the Liverpool Cruise Terminal overnight, her departure re scheduled for 16:00 on June 23, 2012. With her Dublin call cancelled her next scheduled call on Sunday June 24 being Cóbh, followed by St. Peter Port June 25 and back to Southampton for June 26. At least the extra stay in Liverpool provided passengers with better weather conditions than had prevailed on the the extremely wet Friday!

By just before 16:00 on June 23 tug SMIT SANDON was in position ready to take ARCADIA's stern line, whilst SMIT DONAU had come scurrying out of Langton to take the bow line. Comms traffic revealed that initially the more powerful tug was required on the bow. The rope men were by now on the dolphins and everything look set for a 16:00 departure. However, a call to Mersey VTS revealed that wind speeds at the radar tower were gusting to 30 knots WSW and it was decided to postpone the departure for 45 minutes to 1 hour to see if the wind would moderate. The rope men were stood down and taken off the dolphins by the gig boat.

By 16:20 another call to Mersey VTS revealed that wind speeds had reduced to 28 knots and preparations were made again for departure, with the rope men returning to the dolphins. The pilot appeared to change the tug deployment by asking SMIT DONAU to take up position on the stern and the less powerful SMIT SANDON to take the bow. [below]


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