Source: Canadian Coast Guard
The CCGS Amundsen is based in Québec. She is one of the few
Canadian Coast Guard vessels to have a dual purpose. Every summer, the
Amundsen is charted by a scientific consortium. In winter, the vessel takes
part in the Coast Guard's icebreaking operations. The size of her crew depends on the
type of mission and the area to which she is deployed.
In winter, the Amundsen takes part in flood control, icebreaking
and ship escort operations in the Gulf of St.Lawrence, the St.Lawrence River
and the Saguenay Fjord. In spring, she can be called on to provide the same
services in the St.Lawrence Seaway and on the Great Lakes.
Every summer, the Amundsen resumes her research vessel operations and
makes her way to the Canadian Arctic to conduct a wide variety of scientific
missions. In 2003, the vessel was overhauled and fitted with more sophisticated
research equipment and infrastructure, including 12 laboratories, a multibeam
sounder, a moon pool, 2 A-frames, 3 acoustic wells, and a conference room.
The Amundsen's electric diesel engines, which generate 11 155 kW,
and the adjusted shape of its hull enable her to navigate at 3 knots in ice that
is one metre thick. The vessel was designed to have great autonomy at sea, she
can carry sufficient provisions for 140 days and enough fuel to travel 15 000
nautical miles at cruising speed. In addition to her high-tech navigation and
communication equipment, the Amundsen can accommodate a helicopter.
Thanks to her skilled crew and highly sophisticated equipment, the Amunsden can at all times be deployed to take part in search and
rescue, pollution control, fishing monitoring and national security operations,
or any other mission to serve Canadians.
For more information concerning the scientific missions on board the
Amundsen, please visit the ArcticNet Internet site from
Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada
- Arctic Icebreaker
- 98,33 m
- 19,51 m
- 7,18 m
- Gross Tonnage
- 5 911 tm
- 10 142 kW
- Maximum speed
- 16 knots
- Cruising speed
- 12 knots
- Core crew
- Burrard Dry Docks Co. Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.
- Year Built
- 2003 - Québec and Les Méchins, Qc