Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) took delivery of the second of three medium interim icebreakers, CCGS Jean Goodwill, during a ceremony on Nov. 23.
The second-hand vessel, formerly Balder Viking, joined the CCG fleet after completing refit and conversion work at Davie Shipbuilding in Lévis, Quebec.
The conversion work and refit completed on the CCGS Jean Goodwill included enhancing icebreaking capabilities and endurance, upgrading the propulsion control system, navigation and communication electronics, improvements to the galley and increased crew accommodation capacity. The work was completed under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS)’s third pillar for vessel repair, refit, and maintenance.
The CCGS Jean Goodwill is named in honour of the late Jean Goodwill, an Officer of the Order of Canada. Goodwill was a Cree nurse from the community of Little Pine Nation in Saskatchewan who in 1954, became Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous woman to finish a nursing program. Goodwill is also a founding member of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and a contemporary pioneer of public health services for Indigenous peoples.
The CCGS Jean Goodwill, along with its sister ships, CCGS Captain Molly Kool and the future CCGS Vincent Massey will support icebreaking operations while new ships are being built and the existing fleet undergoes repairs and planned maintenance periods.
The icebreaker will be based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is expected to start assisting icebreaking operations in early 2021.
“Today we are honoured to welcome the CCGS Jean Goodwill to our growing Coast Guard fleet. Congratulations to Davie Shipbuilding and their incredible employees for all the hard work to bring this ship into service. This icebreaker, and the dedicated officers aboard, will provide essential services to Canadians by keeping our waters safe and our marine commercial routes open for business,” said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada is equipping the Canadian Coast Guard with safe, effective vessels to carry out its important work in Canada’s waterways. The delivery of the CCGS Jean Goodwill at the start of the icebreaking season will ensure the safe passage of marine traffic, while continuing to maintain jobs and generate economic benefits for Canadians,” said Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement (PSPC).
“Thank you to the workers at Davie for their formidable work on the CCGS Jean Goodwill. It is a source of great pride for all of us. This icebreaker will proudly serve Canada, ensuring the safe navigation of vessel traffic, the delivery of essential supplies and the transportation of our Coast Guard to remote areas of Canada for decades to come,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board.
“Icebreakers are an essential component of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and are fundamental to ensure safe navigation, prevent ice jams and flooding, and maintain shipping routes in Canadian waters . With the delivery of CCGS Jean Goodwill, today marks an important step in providing our members the equipment they need to continue to deliver icebreaking services from coast to coast to coast. The CCGS Jean Goodwill will bring much needed capacity while our existing ships are undergoing maintenance and repair work,” said Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard.
“Davie, our workforce and suppliers are proud to deliver CCGS Jean Goodwill to our valued partner. As the first full conversion in the three-ship medium icebreaker program, Jean Goodwill will now serve Canada with distinction alongside CCGS Captain Molly Kool. The MIB program is the single biggest addition of icebreaking capacity in a generation, directly generating up to 450 well-paid jobs. As a pre-qualified National Shipbuilding Strategy partner, Davie will be a generational icebreaking collaborator with Canada. Our National Icebreaker Centre will create a fleet of ultra-modern, versatile ships to manage Canada’s domestic, geopolitical and climate priorities,” said James Davies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Davie Shipbuilding.
Canadian Coast Guard Medium Interim Icebreakers
In August 2018, the Government of Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, awarded Chantier Davie a $610 million contract for the acquisition of three icebreakers and work to prepare the first ship for service in the Canadian Coast Guard.
The contract was for the acquisition of three existing Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels with icebreaking capabilities, converted to Coast Guard specifications. The conversion was conducted to ensure that the vessels complied with Canadian regulatory and Coast Guard operational standards before entering the fleet.
The three candidate ships selected for the conversion were Tor Viking, Balder Viking and Vidar Viking operated by Norwegian supply shipping company, Viking Supply Ships AB.
The first of the three icebreakers, named CCGS Captain Molly Kool in CCG service, entered into service in late 2018 and is homeported in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The third icebreaker, named CCGS Vincent Massey, is expected to join the fleet in 2021 and will be based in Québec City, Quebec.
The icebreakers measure 93.7 metres in length and 18 metres in width. The vessels have 18,278 horsepower, and are equipped with twin propellers and twin rudders behind, providing the vessel with a high degree of manoeuvrability. The vessels have a cruising speed of 12 knots, a maximum speed of 16 knots, and can maintain a speed of 3 knots through ice up to 1 metre thick.
All three icebreakers are equipped with a removable towing notch, located at the rear of the vessel. This notch greatly enhances the vessel’s icebreaking capabilities and these icebreakers are the first in the fleet to have this unique capability.
The three icebreakers will be part of the national Coast Guard fleet which carries out icebreaking duties in Atlantic Canada, the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes during the winter, and in the Arctic during the summer. In addition to icebreaking, the vessels will support other Coast Guard programs, such as search and rescue (SAR) and environmental response.