Canadian Coast Guard Light Icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier Return to Water Following Completion of Refit

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s Martha L. Black-class light icebreaker, CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier, has returned to water following the completion of refit work at the Vancouver Drydock, Seaspan Shipyards announced.

The main aspect of the refit project was to the complete removal and survey of the propulsion shafting system including propellers, main shafts, thrust shafts, brakes, thrust blocks, and the shaft bearings in stern tubes. The refit also included the replacement of the bow thruster system and several hull plates, renewal of the X- and S-band radar systems, the preparation and coating of a double bottom water ballast tank, the installation of new windows and a new davit for the lifeboat, and the relocation of the Zodiac Mark 5 to a new platform. Additionally, a survey of the tanks and void spaces were carried out by Transport Canada – Marine Safety.

Built by Canadian Shipbuilding of Collingwood, ON and launched in 1986 with a gross tonnage of 3,812, the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier is among the largest vessels currently operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. At 83 meters long and 16.2 meters in breadth, the vessel has a cruising range of 6,500 nautical miles and a maximum speed of 15.5 knots.

One of six High Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels, the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier is classified a Light Icebreaker with a crew of 26.

As a multi-mission icebreaker, the vessel is tasked with undertaking scientific research, search and rescue (SAR), fisheries enforcement and other missions as needed in BC coastal waters and the Canadian Arctic. It is a vital part of Canada’s icebreaking fleet for both commercial and security purposes. The vessel is a key strategic asset as a result of its ability to provide navigational aid and resupply services in both the Pacific and Arctic oceans.

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