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Canada’s NSS delivers first large coast guard ship

05 July 2019
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Vinod Kumar CV, Bangalore

The Canadian Coast Guard received its first new large vessel built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) in a ceremony at Sidney, British Columbia, on 27 June 2019.

CCGS Sir John Franklin is the first of three new OFSV ordered from Seaspan Marine's Vancouver Shipyards. (Seaspan Shipyards)CCGS Sir John Franklin is the first of three new OFSV ordered from Seaspan Marine's Vancouver Shipyards. (Seaspan Shipyards)

CCGS Sir John Franklin , is the first of three new Offshore Science Vessels (OFSV) ordered from Seaspan Marine’s Vancouver Shipyards in 2011. Each ship is 63.4-m long and displaces about 3,212 tonnes. They are powered by a 7,750 kW hybrid diesel-electric machinery configuration, conferring a maximum speed of 13 kt and a range of 8,500 n miles.

The ships are rated to Ice Class PC7, conferring a summer and autumn patrol capability in thin first-year ice. They are primarily outfitted with four laboratories and equipment to conduct fisheries science research missions, but have secondary roles in environmental response and Search-and-Rescue (SAR).

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