CCGS Capt Jacques Cartier Completes Initial Science Mission as Part of Its Sea Trials

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier successfully completed initial Science mission as part of its sea trials.

CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier, which was delivered last year, is the second of three OSFVs delivered to the Coast Guard by Seaspan Shipyards.

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.

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