Future CCGS John Cabot Begins Sea Trials

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s third Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), the future CCGS John Cabot has begun sea trials, Seaspan Shipyards announced.

The vessel cruised out of English Bay in Vancouver to begin the trials on August 18 marking another major milestone for the OFSV built by Seaspan Shipyards under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The sea trials came just six weeks after its official launch on July 3 at Seaspan’s North Vancouver shipyard.

“The time span between launch and sea trials is considered best-in-class in the shipbuilding industry and echoes the ship’s 97% complete status at launch, a rare accomplishment at launch that exceeded international benchmarks,” said a Seaspan Shipyards statement.

Sea trials mark the final major phase in a shipbuilding project before delivery. Over the next ten days the ship will be put through its paces during rigorous full-scale exercises where specialists from Seaspan Shipyards, representatives from the Coast Guard and key equipment suppliers will conduct a series of performance and seaworthiness tests.

The tests ensure that the ship operates as designed and that all systems – including mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, fishing and laboratory, communications, navigation, as well as fire and safety systems – are fully operational.

On completion of sea trials, the future CCGS John Cabot will be prepared for an anticipated delivery to the Canadian Coast Guard in September before sailing to her home port St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador where she will take her place in the Coast Guard fleet alongside sister ships CCGS Sir John Franklin and CCGS Capt Jacques Cartier.

“Moving from launch to sea trials in record time, particularly during a global pandemic, is a testament to the incredible talent and determination of the Seaspan Shipyards team, and intense collaboration and teamwork from our supply chain partners and the Canadian Coast Guard. Together, we are moving from strength to strength and demonstrating dramatic productivity and efficiency improvements with each ship delivered. These are exactly the outcomes intended by the architects of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, and they are the hallmarks of a modern shipyard that is firing on all cylinders.,” said Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards.

CCGS John Cabot

CCGS John Cabot is the third Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) built and launched by Seaspan Shipyards for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Measuring 63.4 metres, the vessel will be one of the most advanced and capable ships of its size and type in the world.

Once delivered, CCGS John Cabot will join her sister ships already in service — the CCGS Sir John Franklin, delivered in June 2019 and now stationed in Victoria, British Columbia, and the CCGS Capt Jacques Cartier, delivered on December 2019 and currently stationed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The OFSVs are fully equipped to support Fisheries and Oceans scientists in the collection and analysis of data on Canada’s marine ecosystems and the impacts of climate change. This floating laboratories features a full suite of state-of-the-art systems, including a deployable sensor-laden drop keel, high-tech fishing trawls and four science labs — a wet lab, a dry lab, an ocean lab and a control lab.

The OFSVs support scientific research through work such as: performing fishing and acoustic surveys of fish and invertebrates; collecting information on the abundance and distribution of marine species; and collecting data on marine ecosystems and the impacts of human activity on fisheries resources and ecosystem health.

The OFSVs, although primarily focused on science and research, also have the capability to support search and rescue, and environmental response and operations as required.

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