Canadian Coast Guard Ship Vladykov
On August 24, 2012, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Vladykov was dedicated at a ceremony in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The vessel is named after Dr. Vadim Dimitrievitch Vladykov, the late Canadian scientist who made significant contributions to ichthyology (the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fishes) and the study of fish biology in Canada.
In 2010, construction of the CCGS Vladykov began in Matane, Quebec at the Méridien Maritime Inc. shipyard. Sea trials were completed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in early 2012 and the vessel arrived in St. John’s on June 12, 2012.
The CCGS Vladykov is one of four near shore fishery research vessels. Three are deployed on the Atlantic coast and one is operating on the Pacific coast.
Launched in 2012, the CCGS Vladykov will be used primarily for fishery research in the Newfoundland and Labrador region. It has a secondary capacity related to search and rescue, providing environmental response to pollution incidents and providing support to other federal, provincial and municipal departments and agencies in response to law enforcement, humanitarian and civil situations.
The CCGS Vladykov is a highly manoeuvrable and versatile fishery research platform, capable of deploying many types of equipment including various types of trawls, scallop drags, remote operating vehicles, towed camera sleds, plankton nets, towed acoustic and geophysical survey equipment and water sampling arrays. It is used for oceanographic, shellfish, pelagic and groundfish research.
The CCGS Vladykov can store up to 40,000 litres of fuel, enabling the vessel to remain at sea for up to 14 days. It also has a reverse osmosis unit to convert saltwater to fresh. The vessel has a crew of five and at least one crewmember on board is a rescue specialist. The vessel can accommodate eleven people, or as many as 15 for day trips. There is an enclosed wet laboratory on board, which is mainly used for fish sampling, and it includes a table and work counter.The vessel has the latest in electronic technology, including a Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), an Automatic Identification System (AIS), a high precision three-dimensional position monitoring system and a trawl monitoring system. It has the latest in satellite and terrestrial radiocommunication abilities.
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