Category Archives: Coast Guard

Coast Guard to get Icebreakers, Emergency towing Vessels.


On Friday, the Feds signed a contract for $610million to have Davie acquire and convert 3 Icebreakers for Coast Guard use. The first ship is to be delivered by December 2018, with the other 2 to be delivered in Summer  and fall 2019.

The ships were built for the offshore industry to work in Alaska, so should be well suited for the job. The Proposed ships are Tor Viking II, Balder Viking and Vidar Viking. the Ships are owned by Norwegian tor, but are flagged, and currently are tied up in Sweden. Built to DNV Ice-10 standards, they will be classed as medium icebreakers in CG Service.

In a separate announcement last week, the feds awarded a contract for emergency towing vessels. the need for these vessels became apparent After several ships broke down in BC Waters, and were rescued by US based Tugs, the feds have awarded a contract to Atlantic towing to provide 2 emergency towing vessels in BC waters for the next 3 years. Word is Atlantic Eagle and Atlantic Raven will be the ships stationed on the west coast.

Hero Class at Sackville Landing


Mid shore Patrol Vessel CCGS Caporal Kaeble VC is tied up at Sackville landing today. This is a good opertunity to see one of these MSPVs up close. 

Kaeble is normally stationed in Quebec, and like the other inland based vessels has taken on RCMP markings.
She was vessel #2 in class and was accepted by the Feds on Novemebr 10.2010

News Bits

Training exercise off McNabs Island could cause stir
Four to six coast guard vessels of various types and a helicopter will be involved in the search and rescue exercise. They will be simulating a search for a lifeboat and possibly looking for people in the water. The exercise will also involve lifting people out of the water.

Rolls-Royce supply vessel for Canada
Atlantic Towing Limited (Canada) has entered a long term charter with the Canadian oil and gas company EnCana Corporation for the vessel which will be built at the Halifax Shipyard in Nova Scotia. It will operate in the Deep Panuk field off the Canadian east coast.

Ships of BIO (Bedford institute of Oceanography)


The Bedford Institute of oceanography is home to many coast guard research vessels. Note The Aerials in the Background – those belong to Halifax VTS, up on Shannon Hill.

Sigma T

CCGS Matthew
CCGS Hudson

CCGS Frederick G. Creed
CCGS Alfred Needler

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