National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy - Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Projects

Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels

These Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels are the intended replacements for CCGS Teleost, CCGS Alfred Needler, and CCGS W.E. Ricker, as well as CCGS Wilfred Templeman, which the Coast Guard uses to fill in for other vessels when they are out of service for repairs. Two vessels are intended as replacements on the Atlantic coast, and the other vessel on the Pacific coast.

The three new Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels will be used to:

  • conduct fishing and acoustic surveys of fish and invertebrates;

  • collect information on the distribution, abundance and biology of species to be used in stock assessments for new and existing fisheries, and in studies supporting the assessments; and

  • collect physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic data to monitor changes in marine ecosystems and their impact on fisheries resources and ecosystem health.

Each vessel will have accommodations for 34 crew and scientists. The vessels will be 55 metres in length, and will be capable of staying at sea for up to 31 days without reprovisioning. The design will include a modern propulsion system, an integrated bridge, modern acoustic sensors, and modern deck and trawl equipment.

The design includes 13 berths for science staff, approximately 250 square metres of dedicated Science laboratories and work areas, and a 17-metre trawl deck.

The $2.9 million design contract for the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels was awarded to Robert Allan Ltd, Alion Science and Technology (Canada) Corporation and Alion Science and Technology Corporation in a joint venture.

Two of the new vessels are expected to be delivered in 2014, and the remaining vessel in 2015.

Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel

The new Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel is intended to replace CCGS Hudson on the East Coast.

The new vessel will be used to:

  • conduct multi-disciplinary physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic expeditions;

  • observe global and regional oceanographic circulation and interactions;

  • contribute to the assessments of resources and impacts to the various marine ecosystems;

  • support marine geology; and

  • contribute to data gathering for hydrographic charts, oceanographic engineering, establishment of internal and international marine boundaries and for other government departments and research organizations.

The vessel will have accommodations for 56 (with 23 dedicated science berths and two spare berths) and a total lab space of 300 square metres. It will be 78.1 metres in length, and will be capable of remaining at sea for 84 days, provided perishable foods are resupplied after 42 days. Its design will include a modern propulsion system, automation in the machinery spaces, an integrated bridge, and a modern dynamic positioning system to allow scientific research within a given zone for prolonged periods.

STX Canada Marine Inc., of Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded a $2.48 million contract to design the Canadian Coast Guard’s new offshore oceanographic science vessel. The final design and ship construction package will be complete in October 2011.

The new vessel is expected to be delivered in 2014.

Polar Icebreaker

Canada’s new polar icebreaker, named after former Prime Minister John George Diefenbaker, is scheduled to be delivered in time for the decommissioning of CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent in 2017. It will provide capabilities exceeding those currently provided by CCGS Louis S. St Laurent with greater robustness and reliability in order to withstand more difficult conditions and operate for an extended period in the Arctic each year.

The new Polar Icebreaker:

  • support the Government of Canada’s Northern Strategy and will be essential for the delivery of Federal programs in the North and vital to the preservation and protection of Canadian sovereign interests in the Arctic; and

  • will support the work of several departments and agencies, deliver the full range of Coast Guard programs, and establish a strong federal presence in the Arctic.

The polar icebreaker will be approximately 120-140 metres in length and capable of sustained operations in the Arctic Archipelago for a longer period of time and in more difficult ice conditions than is currently the case. It will be able to continuously break ice that is up to 2.5 metres thick. It will carry a crew of approximately 60, another 40 for program work, with accommodations for an additional 25 people. The polar icebreaker will also be equipped with two medium lift helicopters and will have a large cargo carrying capacity.

The new vessel is expected to enter into service in 2017.