Aker Arctic Technology has been chosen to join a team led by STX Canada Marine to design the Canadian Coast Guard’s future flagship, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker.
Design work, based on a conceptual design produced by the Canadian Coast Guard, is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete, and the vessel will be built by Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd.
The John G. Diefenbaker, named after a former prime minister, will be able to operate autonomously for 270 days in the Arctic, over a larger area and in more difficult conditions than any of Canada’s current icebreakers.
Capable of accommodating 100 personnel, with space for 25 additional people, the new ship will be able to break through 2.5 metres of ice at three knots.
Aker Arctic Technology has been responsible for the design of well over half of the world’s icebreakers, numerous Arctic and Antarctic research vessels, and a large number of cargo vessels and offshore structures designed to operate in some of the harshest climates in the world.
Working with STX Canada Marine, the Helsinki-based company will be responsible for assessing ice loads, developing the hull form and structure of the ship, the conceptual design of the propulsion system, and providing the winterization principles to be used.
The delivery of the John G. Diefenbaker will coincide with the decommissioning of the current CCG flagship, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, in 2017.