The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker CCGS Captain Molly Kool officially joined the fleet on 14 December, becoming the first new icebreaker for the CCG in 25 years.
Captain Molly Kool is the first of three icebreakers procured by the Canadian government under a CAD610 million (USD457 million) contract with the Quebec-based Chantier Davie shipyard on 10 August.
Under the contract Davie is converting three civilian icebreakers to meet an urgent capability gap. Captain Molly Kool underwent basic conversion work to enter CCG service in time for the 2018-19 icebreaking season, and Davie will now commence work on the remaining vessels.
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