CCGS Martha L Black
Source: Canadian Coast Guard
The CCGS Martha L Black is known for her versatility, that allows her
to offer marine support to the regional programs. Her primary mission as a buoy
tender is to lay, recover and service buoys using her heavy lifting boom, whose
maximum lifting capacity is 20 tons. She also carries out fixed aids maintenance
and reconstruction operations.
The vessel's AC/AC propulsion system with cycloconverter and special bow enable
her to conduct icebreaking and ship escort operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
and on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay Rivers, as well as in the St. Lawrence Seaway.
The Martha L Black was overhauled a few years ago to ensure that
she can effectively carry out scientific missions in the Estuary and Gulf of
St. Lawrence. As well, she is regularly assigned to search and rescue operations
because of her manoeuvrability.
The vessel is also assigned to pollution response operations and fishing
monitoring activities. She is equipped with a helicopter deck. Although the
Martha L Black is based in Québec, she can be deployed
anywhere like all other Coast Guard vessels.
- Light icebreaker - Major buoy tender
- 83 m
- 16,2 m
- 6 m
- Full charge displacement
- 5 028,8 tm
- 5 250 kW
- Maximum speed
- 15,1 knots
- Cruising speed
- 13 knots
- Core crew
- Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc, C.-B.
- Year built