The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) took delivery of its second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier, from Seaspan Shipyards.
“We are incredibly proud to deliver the CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier, our second Offshore Fisheries and Science Vessel, to support the critical work of the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans scientists”, said Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer of Seaspan Shipyards.
The delivery of the second state-of-the-art OSFV took place exactly five months and two days after the delivery of the lead ship of the class, the CCGS Sir John Franklin. These two ships are the first large vessels delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada’s plan to renew the federal fleet with ships built in Canada.
“I am pleased that the Canadian Coast Guard has received CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier, the second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel this year. The scientific work that will be undertaken on the CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier, and her sister ships, will undoubtedly enhance our understanding of our marine ecosystems, and the impacts of climate change. By investing in the Coast Guard, our shipbuilding industry, and Canadian science we are moving forward to best protect our environment, while supporting economic growth. I look forward to seeing the results of the first missions undertaken by this vessel”, said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“The delivery of the second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel, the CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier, marks a significant milestone for the Canadian Coast Guard and the National Shipbuilding Strategy. My sincere congratulations to all of the workers at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards for their continued efforts on these world-class ships that will help to form the Coast Guard’s future fleet”, said Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
The three OFSV vessels were ordered on 19 October 2011 by the Canadian government under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) for offshore fisheries research. The vessels are intended to replace the aging CCGS Teleost, CCGS W.E. Ricker and CCGS Alfred Needler.
Measuring 63.4 metres, the CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier is one of the most advanced and capable ships of its size and type in the world. Fully equipped to support Fisheries and Ocean scientists in the collection and analysis of data on Canada’s marine ecosystems and the impacts of climate change, the vessel features a full suite of state-of-the-art systems, including high-tech fishing trawls and four science labs — a wet lab, a dry lab, an ocean lab and a control lab. The OFSV also has a deployable drop keel, loaded with a wide array of sensors to support the vessel’s research mandate.
The vessel was launched during a ceremony at Seaspan’s North Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) on June 5 this year.
From its homeport in Atlantic Canada (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), the CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier will also support search and rescue (SAR) operations and environmental response. A third OFSV, the future CCGS John Cabot, under construction at Seaspan Shipyards is structurally complete and on schedule to be delivered in August 2020.
Thales Canada is responsible for the vessel’s Electronic Systems and Vard Marine is Seaspan’s Platform Design partner for the program.