McKeil Marine's Lois M arrived this morning towing the barge Atlantic Swordfish and after dropping the tow line, took the barge "on the hip". However the berth at the IEL dock in Woodside was blocked and the pair had to wait until another barge was moved out of the way.
The small tug Roseway was called in to move the other barge, but that operation had to wait until Roseway completed working the headlines for the arriving tanker East Coast.
In the meantime Lois M did a 360 degree turn and began backing against a stiff wind from the north until the berth was finally clear and available.
Meanwhile HMCS Moncton was underway on a cold move from Bedford Basin to HMC Dockyard.
It is a common sight for Dockyard tugs to work astern since their V-S systems are omni-directional. I am sure the operators will miss this feature when the new ASD tugs are delivered.