New Vessels for the Coast Guard Fleet
As part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Government of Canada is announcing funding of $488M to procure 18-21 new vessels for the Coast Guard Fleet. The construction of these vessels will support small and medium enterprises and smaller shipyards creating jobs across Canada. As per NSPS, the construction of these vessels will be available for competitive bid to shipyards across Canada other than Vancouver Shipyards and Irving Shipbuilding which are building the large vessel packages.
These vessels will be of various designs and crew complements and will fulfill a number of tasks. They are generally less than 50 metres in length or less than 1000 tonnes in lightship displacement. These vessels will operate across the country and will be used for a range of activities such as marine and fishery research, conservation and protection patrols, search and rescue and aids to navigation.
Six classes of vessels will be acquired: Search and Rescue Lifeboats, Special Navaids Vessels, Mid-Shore Science Vessels, Channel Survey and Sounding Vessels, Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessels, and Specialty Vessels.
- A shore-based, self-righting lifeboat capable of search and rescue operations up to 100 nautical miles from shore. This procurement will replace Coast Guard’s existing Arun-type vessels which have an average age of 18 years.
CCGS Bickerton – Arun class Search and Rescue Lifeboat
(Homeport: Port Bickerton, N.S.)
- A shallow draught, flat bottom vessel primarily used for navigational aids on the Mackenzie River. Coast Guard’s existing vessels in this class have an average age of 29 years.
CCGS Dumit – Special Navaid Vessel
(Homeport: Hay River, Northwest Territories)
- A medium-sized vessel primarily used for ecosystem fishery science / oceanographic missions and geological / hydrographic surveys. Coast Guard’s existing vessels in this class have an average age of 31 years.
CCGS Otter Bay – Mid-Shore Science Vessel
(Homeport: Patricia Bay B.C.)
- A vessel primarily used to conduct depth survey operations by mapping the contours of the sea bed. Coast Guard’s existing vessels in this class have an average age of 33 years.
CCG F.C.G Smith – Channel Survey and Sounding Vessel
(Homeport: Quebec, QC)
- A fishery research vessel primarily used to conduct trawl surveys. Coast Guard’s existing vessels in this class have an average age of 17 years.
CCGS Neocaligus – Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessel
(Homeport: Nanaimo, B.C.)
- These shallow draught vessels are of various designs and are specific to a variety of tasks such as marine and fishery research, conservation and protection patrols, science and aids to navigation. Coast Guard’s existing vessels in this class have an average age of 19 years.
CCGS Geliget – Specialty Vessel
(Homeport: Yarmouth, N.S.)
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