Category Archives: Hero Class

Minister MacKay welcomes the CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. to the Coast Guard Fleet

Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay officially welcomed the new Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. into service at a ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia today.
CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. is the sixth of nine Hero Class vessels to join the Coast Guard fleet. It will be used to support the Department of Fisheries and Oceans conservation and protection programs.

The vessel is named after Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, from Peterborough, Ontario, who served on two missions to Afghanistan. On December 5, 2008, the vehicle in which he was travelling was hit by a roadside bomb, and at the age of 23, Corporal Mark Robert McLaren was killed. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Military Valour.

She was launched back in September. File Photo.

Hero #9 Launched – CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M

The 9th and Final Hero Class Vessel, the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M, was launched saturday morning. She will be transported to the West Coast with Hero #8 later this year. The Last of the 9 Hero Class boats, She also has the distinction of being the last vessel to be launched on those particular launching ways, which have existed for close to 100 years. When Halifax Shipyard renovations are complete, ships will be launched via a semi-submersable barge at the pier 9 end of the yard.

Photos to follow.

Hero #7 CCGS A. LeBlanc. accepted by Government

Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announces the acceptance of the seventh of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS A. LeBlanc.

The CCGS A. LeBlanc was named after fisheries officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche,
New Brunswick, who joined the Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service in 1920. He was killed on October 20, 1926 while investigating illegal fishing vessels.

This Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will be based in the Central and Arctic Region and was constructed in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow when the vessel arrives in its home region.

Oddly, I Don’t have a picture of her in the water..  

Go West Young Vessels..

The Government of Canada issued a rfp for the transport of the final two  Hero Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels aboard a larger vessel with heavy-lift capability. This one-way transport voyage,  is expected to commence in October 2014 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, arriving at an international port, closest to Victoria, British Columbia. This last requirement is oddly written as it seems to imply that Victoria need not be the final Destination.

The Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPVs) were built to replace aging CCG vessels patrolling Canadian waters on both coasts and in the Great Lakes. The last two MSPVs in the series of nine, to be built under Contract for CCG by Irving Shipbuilding, will be based in Victoria. The Contract with the Ship-builder does not provide transport for any of the nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels to their eventual destinations.

CCGS A. LeBlanc  and CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. are based in Quebec, PQ; CCGS Private Robertson V.C., CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. and CCGS Constable Carrière are based in Burlington, Ontario; CCGS G. Peddle and CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. are based in Halifax, and CCGS M. Charles and CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. will be based in Victoria BC, and are the vessels subject to this RFP. Previous vessels sailed to their home ports.

Heavy-lift transport of the two MSPVs was only one of the options investigated; others such as sailing the ships on their own hulls were researched to determine what option was the most cost-effective; Sailing the MSPVs on their own hulls would seem to be cheapest method of transporting, but these small vessels are only allowed to travel up to 120 nautical miles off the coastline and MSPVs only have a maximum range of 2000 nautical miles. By following the shape of the coast closely and entering a number of harbours to re-fuel along the coast, this strategy can add up to 800 Nautical Miles to the length of the voyage and more voyage costs than a larger vessel would incur, such as harbour fees, pilotage fees, fuelling and provisioning costs. The time taken to sail this additional mileage will increase the delivery time to the final destination. Larger, heavy-lift commercial vessels do not have the same voyage restrictions off the coast as MSPVs; therefore they can use more direct, shorter routes and make less port visits, which cuts the time and costs needed to deliver both MSPVs to CCG – Pacific Region.

 This last section, Taken directly from the RFP clarifies the point, and blatantly offers advice on working around Canadian Cabotage laws (Cabotage laws basically state that cargo moved between Canadian ports must be done via Canadian Flagged and crewed vessel.)

 Since there are few, if any, Canadian heavy-lift vessels capable of performing this transport, most likely an international shipper will be using a foreign-flagged vessel to complete this Contract work. Shipping cargo from a Canadian departure point, aboard a foreign heavy-lift vessel means that there are Canadian Cabotage Law considerations and potential tariffs at the destination; To avoid punitive tariffs most shippers would recommend the use of the closest U.S. sea-port to Victoria, B.C., such as Seattle, Washington, to be their destination.

the Full set of requirements can be found at 

In 2011, 3 CCGS Lifeboats were delivered by Beulga Favourisation to BIO. These vessels were built by Victoria Shipyard Ltd, and were ultimately bound for Quebec. As I see no Coasting Trade application, the lifeboats were likely sailed to Seattle WA to be loaded.

Hero #9 CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M ready for launch

Hero #9 is lined up on the launch ways ready to go. No word on when the launch will occur, but the yard likely wants her out of the way so they can complete demolition of the assembly hall.
When the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M Launches, she will be the last vessel to be launched from these ways, as finished vessels will be completed at the other end of the yard.
UPDATE: Daylight photo Above.

Hero #9 Rolled out

The CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M was rolled out on Monday, after the launching of the CCGS M. Charles Saturday night. With the rollout having occurred, demolition of the remainder of the building can continue, and was quickly resumed this past week. Unlike the previous vessels, she was painted while still in the shop, though is missing her white stripe, name and coast guard markings.


Peak at HERO #9

With hero #8 rolled out, today brought the opening of the doors offering a peak at hero #9. She will likely be rolled out for painting at some point this weekend, though that may be dependent on the forecast.

Hero #9, the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M.,is named after Canadian Army soldier Captain Nichola Goddard, M.S.M, who has the distinction of being the first female Canadian combat soldier killed in combat, and the 16th Canadian soldier killed in Canadian operations in Afghanistan.

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