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Research/Scientific Vessel. A must see to appreciate!
This vessel was a Canadian Coast Guard mid-shore scientific research and survey vessel, based at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, that entered service in 1990. The ship operated within the Canadian Coast Guard Maritimes region. Vessel was primarily used to carry out hydrographic survey work primarily to produce nautical charting products on the East and West Coasts but could also be used for stock assessment using sonar.
The Vessel is of steel construction and is 50.3 metres (165.0 ft) long with a beam of 10.5 metres (34.4 ft) and a draught of 4.3 metres (14.1 ft). The ship has 856.8 gross tonnage (GT) and a 228-net to tonnage (NT). The ship is powered by two Caterpillar 3508 geared diesel engines rated at 1,350 kW (1,810 hp) driving two controllable pitch propellers and a bow thruster. This gives the ship a maximum speed of 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph). The ship has a fuel capacity of 119 m3 (26,000 imp gal) giving the ship a range of 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 12 knots and an endurance of 20 days. The ship is also equipped with two Caterpillar 3406 generators and one Caterpillar 3406 emergency generator.
This Vessel is equipped with one HIAB seacrane capable of lifting 3.4 t (3.3 long tons; 3.7 short tons). The ship has two laboratories both 10 m2 (110 sq ft); one for hydrographic purposes and one for combined hydrographic/drafting purposes. The research vessel is equipped with Sperry Marine Bridgemaster II navigational radar operating on the X-band. The ship has a complement of 14, with 6 officers and 8 crew. Vessel also has six additional berths.
During 2005 the vessel was equipped with an advanced, multi-beam echo-sounder. The transducers for this equipment are housed in a centerline pod which extends 1.0 m (3.3 ft) below the keel. Suggested alterations to sonar were met with a lack of enthusiasm. Nonetheless, subsequent missions were able to be conducted with only minor delays, none of which were related to the new sonars.
As a part of Canada's Economic Action Plan in 2009–2010, Vessel underwent a refit in Quebec City costing over $105,000, involving systems replacement, crane replacement, and reliability improvements. In May 2011 Vessel received a short refit. Vessel has minimal ice strengthening in its forward hull, and no strengthening of its rudders, shafting and propellers for operation in ice-covered waters.
Vessel was recently dry docked and re certificated by Lloyd's registry. A full list of reports and work completed is available to support this. Vessel was also painted