While Shipfax tends on focus on the commercial aspects of Halifax harbour traffic, there were two ships of significance in Halifax July 2, that were not essentially commercial in nature.
Refueling at Irving Oil Woodside, the German research vessel Maria S. Merian was catching a break after few weeks of work off Nova Scotia.
Financed by the German government and operated under the direction of the German Research Fleet Coordination Centre, Hamburg, by the well known commercial operators Briese Schiffahrts, the ship is used as a platform by many researcher organizations. It will be spending the summer off Canada, but periodically returning to Emden. It has bunker stops scheduled for St.John's August 1 and Halifax October 18.
Built by Maritim Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland and completed in Germany in 2006, the 5573 gt ship is one of three ships of its class.
Another non-commercial arrival today is CCGS Ann Harvey. Although based in St.John's, Newfoundland, the ship sometimes works in Nova Scotia for Search and Rescue patrols and Navaids work when Nova Scotia ships go to Newfoundland. Such is the case as the Halifax based CCGS Earl Grey is working in the Northern Peninsula area of Newfoundland.