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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 

Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver has launched its third Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard, the future ‘CCGS John Cabot’.

The yard says the launch of the future CCGS John Cabot is a particularly impressive achievement given that construction was completed during the pandemic. Seaspan Shipyards adapted its normal operations to continue building the ship while ensuring the health and well-being of employees, customers, partners and the community. The launch was performed by Dr Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, Province of British Columbia.

The CCGS John Cabot, the CCGS Capt Jacques Cartier and the CCGS Sir John Franklin are the first class of ships built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada’s strategy to renew the fleets of the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Two ships have been delivered and the third launched from Seaspan’s Vancouver shipyard in just 13 months.

Mark Lamarre, CEO Seaspan Shipyards, said: “The Seaspan Shipyards team is incredibly proud to launch the future CCGS John Cabot, our third Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel. It is a great honour to have such an exceptional leader as Dr. Bonnie Henry help launch this ship. Her leadership and clarity gave us the confidence, in an unprecedented climate, to continue our operations safely, which led to today’s successful launch.”

The 63m OFSV is 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. The floating laboratory 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.

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