This is a busy port. We waited several hours for a space dockside to open up.
The naval patrol off the harbor supplies all pilots for vessels seeking to enter the port. Apparently our ship is now in their system, so there was no fuss upon our arrival. But I thought it strange that they don’t use it to keep up a more controlled flow in and out.
While we were awaiting a berth, Tomas accompanied the pilot everywhere around the ship. Only then did I realize that such arrangements gave them more time and more access to fully check out each vessel.
Elijah has finally reappeared. He wants to go ashore and rejoin the ship at a later date.