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2012-02-22
AARC to help design new Canadian icebreaker

Aker Arctic Technology will be part of the team responsible for designing the Canadian Coast Guard’s future flagship, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker. Image courtesy of STX Canada Marine.

Aker Arctic Technology (AARC) has been selected 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 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 3 knots.

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.

Working with STX Canada Marine, Aker Arctic Technology, a world leader in icebreaker design and construction expertise, 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.

A naval architecture and engineering services company based in Vancouver and Ottawa, STX Canada Marine (previously Kvaerner Masa Marine) has close to 30 years of experience in providing ship design and engineering services nationally and internationally. Click here to find out more.

Aker Arctic Technology Inc. is an independent arctic R&D, engineering, and consulting company based in Finland; and 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 anywhere. For our latest article on AARC, click here or visit the company’s Web site.

The new icebreaker will replace the CCGS Louis St. Laurent, built in 1968 and due to be decommissioned in 2017. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.