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    This major marine systems order marks a significant milestone for ABB in Canada see more
    • ABB has secured a comprehensive propulsion system contract with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyard for the first of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new-generation polar icebreakers
    • The icebreaker is expected to be the world’s largest and most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker when it enters service in 2030
    • Azipod® propulsion has been selected to support the vessel’s operational efficiency, reliability and icebreaking capability, meeting tightest emissions regulations

    Seaspan Shipyards, Canada’s long-term shipbuilding partner for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy, has awarded ABB a contract to deliver an integrated propulsion system for the first of the CCG’s new-generation polar class icebreakers.

    The vessel is expected to be one of the world’s largest and most powerful diesel-electric icebreaker when it enters service in 2030, with ABB supplying vessel systems complying with IACS Polar Class 2 requirements for year-round operations in moderate multi-year ice conditions. The vessel will have 34MW of propulsive power provided by a single shaftline and twin Azipod® units. In addition to increasing efficiency and reliability, Azipod® propulsors offer improved maneuverability in icy waters.

    This major marine systems order marks a significant milestone for ABB in Canada, with ABB assuming the role of single system integrator responsible for the engineering, delivery and commissioning of the comprehensive propulsion package.

    Upon delivery, the vessel will join a reference list of 150 other icebreaking or icegoing vessels outfitted with ABB’s propulsion technology. As the first vessel of its kind to be built in Canada in over 60 years, it will set a performance benchmark for the new generation of domestically built coast guard icebreakers.

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     March 05, 2024
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    Successfully completed construction of the ‘Prototype Block’ for the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) see more

    Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has successfully completed construction of the 'Prototype Block' for the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) Polar Icebreaker program. Construction of this Prototype Block ensures that Seaspan has the proper processes, procedures, equipment, and skills necessary to build the first heavy Polar Icebreaker in Canada in more than 60 years.

    Seaspan developed and built this Prototype Block to ensure that our production teams are fully prepared to cut steel on the Polar Icebreaker in late 2024. The process of building the Prototype Block resulted in learnings in three key areas: improvements in design for manufacturing; testing of new equipment, processes and procedures; and validation of first-time quality in manufacturing to form and weld this new, specialized and thicker steel.

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     February 08, 2024
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    CCG taken delivery of a new search and rescue boat built by Chantier Naval Forillon see more

    The Canadian Coast Guard has taken delivery of a new search and rescue (SAR) boat built by shipyard Chantier Naval Forillon based in Quebec.

    CCGS Baie des Chaleurs is named after Chaleurs Bay, the portion of the Gulf of St Lawrence that sits between Quebec and New Brunswick. The newbuild belongs to a series of 20 new SAR boats named after geographical bays across Canada, hence their alternate designation of Bay-class.

    The aluminium-hulled SAR boat was built to a design by naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) in compliance to Lloyd’s Register’s Special Service Craft rules. The RAL design is itself an improved variant of the Severn-class lifeboats operated by the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Compared to the earlier RNLI boats, Baie des Chaleurs and its sisters each have a larger size, a greater range, and specific design elements that will allow operation even under extreme weather conditions, particularly along Canada’s Atlantic coast. The boat therefore has self-righting ability and is durable enough to withstand 12-metre seas and Beaufort Force 12 conditions.

    Baie des Chaleurs has an LOA of 19 metres, a moulded beam of 6.3 metres, a draught of 1.67 metres, a gross tonnage of 75, and space for four crewmembers. Two MTU 10V2000 M94 diesel engines that each produce 1,200 kW drive fixed-pitch propellers to deliver a maximum speed of 25 knots.

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     January 15, 2024
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    Canadian Coast Guard has purchased BRNKL Rapid Deploy units from Barnacle Systems Inc. see more

    Canadians expect clean and safe waterways, and efficient response to marine hazards is a priority for the Government of Canada. Abandoned, wrecked or hazardous vessels can threaten marine environments, local communities and economies. The Canadian Coast Guard is taking action to address these vessels across the country through innovative technology.

    Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, announced that the Canadian Coast Guard has purchased BRNKL Rapid Deploy units from Barnacle Systems Inc. Through a partnership with Innovative Solutions Canada, 39 of these remote monitoring devices are being installed on hazardous vessels across the country.  

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    The new sewage wastewater electrochemical treatment system does not rely on disposable filters. see more

    Taking action on climate change and ensuring sustainability in operations is a priority for the Government of Canada. In support of Canada’s Greening Government Strategy, the Canadian Coast Guard is committed to finding innovative solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of its fleet while continuing to provide essential services to Canadians across the country.

    After nearly ten years of research and engineering work with Montréal-based clean-tech company, Terragon Environmental Technologies, the Canadian Coast Guard is proud to introduce the first  Sewage  Wastewater Electrochemical Treatment Technology System (WETT-S™) now in operation on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Earl Grey. This is the first-ever WETT-S™ being commissioned on a Canadian Coast Guard ship and in the world...

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    Griffon Hoverwork is the only known supplier capable of performing the design work see more

    The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has asked for engineering design consultancy services from Griffon Hoverwork to update their current air cushion vehicle (ACV) design and to conduct feasibility studies into alternative power plant options.

    The Canadian Coast Guard operates a fleet of four ACVs, which primarily support the CCG’s search & rescue, icebreaking and marine navigation services mandate in the central and western regions of Canada. Due to their aluminium build and icebreaking core duty in harsh environments, the ACVs have a relatively short in-service life expectancy and are ready to be replaced.

    Mark Downer, Engineering Director at Griffon Hoverwork, says: “Griffon’s experience in ACVs is extensive, with a track record of our products operating in more than 45 countries and a pedigree stretching back seven decades. Over that time we have continually evolved our hovercraft, both in terms of upgrading existing models and introducing new designs.

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     February 09, 2024
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    Keep Canada's waterways safe see more

    St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador - Ensuring that Canadian Coast Guard personnel have the equipment they need to keep Canada’s waterways safe, clean and navigable is a top priority for the Government of Canada.

    Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, joined by the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced that, following a competitive process, the contract for the conversion and refit of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Judy LaMarsh has been awarded to St. John’s Dockyard Ltd. (Newdock). This contract is valued at nearly $34.3 million under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and will create up to 80 highly skilled and well-paying jobs in the region. Work on the vessel has already begun in December 2023, and is expected to continue until March 2025.

    The important work to enhance the vessel’s capabilities includes overhauling the propulsion, communication, and navigation systems. In addition, work will be undertaken on the crew accommodation and workspaces, and a new buoy crane will be installed.

    The CCGS Judy LaMarsh performs icebreaking operations essential to the start of several fishing seasons, and tends to the navigational buoys in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and Atlantic Canada. In addition, the vessel is available for search and rescue and other emergency response operations when needed. The vessel’s main areas of operation are Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Once the seaway is open, the vessel will provide navigational assistance, and maintain aids to navigation from the Quebec border to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

    This is just one example of how, through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada is revitalizing the shipbuilding industry, creating good, skilled jobs, and building entirely new classes of ships to ensure Canada’s marine services have safe, reliable and modern equipment to fulfill their missions.

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     January 16, 2024
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    Vincent Massey was originally built in 2000 and previously went by the name Tor Viking see more

    The Canadian Coast Guard has officially welcomed the medium icebreaker CCGS Vincent Massey to its fleet at a dedication to service ceremony in Quebec City.

    The ship is the third of three medium icebreakers that Canada purchased secondhand from the commercial market in 2018.

    The CCGS Vincent Massey joins its sister ships, the CCGS Jean Goodwill and CCGS Captain Molly Kool, in providing icebreaking services in Eastern Canada’s waterways, including the St. Lawrence River and Gulf and the Atlantic region. The vessel is also equipped to support environmental response and search and rescue operations.

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     September 15, 2023
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    These vessels will operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore see more

    The Canadian Coast Guard has officially welcomed the CCGS Gabarus Bay to its fleet at the Lifeboat Station in Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador. This high-endurance search and rescue vessel is designed, equipped and crewed to respond to mariners needing assistance at sea.

    In 2018, Gaspé, Quebec’s Chantier Naval Forillon and Wheatley, Ontario’s Hike Metal Products Ltd were awarded the construction of four new search and rescue (SAR) lifeboats each, building on the existing contract awarded in 2015 to build six SAR lifeboats each. The total value of the contracts for the SAR lifeboats is $180 million.

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     August 30, 2023
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    will provide 61 small vessels such as small craft, barges, work boats and modern equipment see more

    The federal government says new money to build dozens of small vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard is part of a renewal of the agency and will help keep Canada's waterways navigable and safe.

    On Thursday, in joint announcements in Vancouver and St. John's, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Ministry of Public Services and Procurement said the federal government would spend $2.5 billion to have companies in Canada build 61 small vessels for the coast guard.

    The ministries said the new small vessels, which include small craft, barges and work boats, will allow the coast guard to better operate in shallow coastal waters and inland lakes and rivers where larger ships cannot go.

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    These contract awards fall under the repair, refit and maintenance pillar of the NSS see more

    Ensuring that Canadian Coast Guard personnel have reliable equipment to keep Canada’s waterways open and safe is a key priority for the Government of Canada.

    Today, the Canadian Coast Guard announced two contract awards for the vessel life extension of CCGS Martha L. Black and CCGS Leonard J. Cowley, respectively at the value of $31.5 million and $29.7 million. Both vessels will be dry-docked and enter an extended maintenance period designed to increase their operational life.

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    Another important milestone for the construction and delivery of a search and rescue lifeboats see more

    Today, the Canadian Coast Guard marked the delivery of the 13th and 14th search and rescue lifeboats: the CCGS Gabarus Bay and the CCGS Chedabucto Bay. The vessels were built by Hike Metal Products Ltd from Wheatley, Ontario and Chantier Naval Forillon from Gaspé, Quebec, respectively.

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     January 09, 2023
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    Keel laying ceremony for Canada’s most modern science research ship at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards see more

    Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan), Canada's long-term, strategic shipbuilding partner for large non-combat vessels under Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) today reached an important milestone in the construction of the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV). 

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     November 25, 2022
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    The training engine replicates a Coast Guard ship’s engine room see more

    Sydney, Nova Scotia - Since 1965, the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has been providing internationally recognized training to personnel of the Canadian Coast Guard. Today, this impressive training is benefiting from the addition of a new, state-of-the-art Wärtsilä training engine – the first of its kind in Canada.

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     August 26, 2022
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    "will help provide the modern tools for marine science on Canada’s coasts" see more

    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Today, Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, officially welcomed Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Capt Jacques Cartier to the fleet, on behalf of the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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     August 29, 2022