The first of three icebreakers converted by shipbuilder Chantier Davie is scheduled to enter the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) service by the beginning of December.
The ex-Vidar Viking icebreaker was floated out of Davie's Champlain drydock on 13 November with a fresh coat of paint in CCG colours.
The Canadian government originally announced the CAD610 million (USD462 million) contract on 10 August after concluding Davie’s proposal to convert three civilian medium icebreakers would meet the CCG’s urgent capability gap.
“The conversion works on the first icebreaker have been minimal – mostly painting – since this vessel needs to begin operations soon for the upcoming icebreaking season to add immediate capability to the Canadian Cost Guard,” Frédérik Boisvert, vice-president of Public Affairs for Chantier Davie, told Jane’s .
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