MSC Virtuosa, Britannia (II), Iona & Ventura
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all cruise lines suspended operations from various dates in March 2020.  Four ships on the 20th May 2021 and a big day because it MSC Virtuosa was the first ship to take passengers from the UK after a 14 month pause!  She had been in since the 12th, Iona and Britannia the 16th while Ventura was on a day call.  Britannia's departure had been delayed from the day before and she was sailing at noon.  The weather was atrocious, wind and the odd light rain shower.  Tugs Svitzer Bargate were on her bow while Svitzer Harty attached to the stern.
Back down in the afternoon as Ventura was a 6pm sailing with Virtuosa an hour later.  Due to the wind getting up to a force 9-10, other movements were cancelled but at least it wasn't raining this time and the wind was behind me.  Bargate and Harty were busy little tugs on the cruise ships.  Bargate went onto Ventura's bow with Harty on the stern and they pulled her out against the wind.  Then they headed up to the MSC, joining Mercurius, who was doing the stern job.  Bargate went on the bow again while Harty moved in to push the other side against the wind.  Well done to all the tug crews!
For photos of the rest of the Coronavirus Southampton lay-up ships, go to 2020 and 2021 in the Southampton Stalking Index.

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© Patricia Dempsey 20th May 2021
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