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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 

Seaspan Shipyards of Canada has cut steel and started full construction of an Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV), first of the third class of ships Seaspan is building under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), to deliver much-needed fleet capability for the Canadian Coast Guard and an oceanographic science platform for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The 88m OOSV will support a wide range of oceanographic, fishery, geological and hydrographic survey missions to advance scientific knowledge about the oceans, the seabed and the impacts of climate change under the Government of Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy.

Specialised equipment will include several advanced wet and dry labs, an ocean sampling room, a scientific seawater system for studying oxygen levels, temperature and salinity, and a drop keel and sensor suite for collecting and analysing data on everything from water current velocities to underwater acoustics.

The ship will accommodate up to 34 crew and 26 scientists, and will perform search and rescue operations and environmental response as needed.

The new OOSV will replace the venerable CCGS Hudson, which was Canada’s first ocean science vessel when it entered service in 1964 and is the longest serving ship in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. CCGS Hudson is set to retire in 2024 after 60 years of scientific missions, being the first science vessel to circumnavigate both North and South America.

Seaspan CEO Mark Lamarre said: “Steel cutting is a massive step forward to our ultimate goal of putting a new ship in the water. After years of detailed planning and design, being able to move the ship off the page and into the hands of the shipbuilders who bring those designs to life adds a special energy and excitement to the shipyard. Congratulations to the Canadian Coast Guard, all of our partners and the team at Seaspan for getting us to this important milestone.”

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