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Canada looks to charter research ship as it awaits a $1B replacement vessel

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Key takeaways: 

  • CCGS Hudson was retired this year after a fatal motor failure.
  • The research ship CCGS Hudson was decommissioned after suffering a significant mechanical loss. 

The Canadian Coast Guard is looking to charter a research vessel for up to five years while it remains for a new $1-billion offshore oceanographic science ship to be made under the national shipbuilding program.

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The Canadian Coast Guard is looking to charter a research vessel for up to five years while it remains for a new $1-billion offshore oceanographic science ship to be made under the national shipbuilding program

Ottawa has requested data from the industry to charter an “interim science vessel” on the East Coast for 2023 to 2026, with an option for two more years.

The coast guard planned to keep the offshore science ship CCGS Hudson in service until its replacement was prepared. But a disastrous motor failure last fall forced it to ditch that plan. The 59-year-old Hudson was officially retired earlier this year.

Construction of a new offshore oceanographic science ship for the East Coast has been created at the Seaspan shipyard in Vancouver. It is now estimated to cost $995 million.

Source – cbc.ca

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