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Coast Guard icebreaker leaves Davie drydock 

Lévis, QC – Davie Shipbuilding announced that CCGS Vincent Massey has floated out of the Champlain drydock, representing another major milestone towards the commissioning of this medium class icebreaker (MIB) by Davie for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).

The final phase of the conversion work on CCGS Vincent Massey will be completed whilst alongside Davie’s Murphy’s Quay.

 Expected to be delivered to the CCG in Q3 this year, the CCGS Vincent Massey will join its two sister vessels, CCGS Captain Molly Kool and CCGS Jean Goodwill which are already providing vital icebreaking services in Canada. 

« This is an important milestone for the MIB program. Current world events mean Canada’s need for a modern, versatile icebreaker fleet has never been greater, or more urgent. The MIB’s fill a strategic capability gap for our valued customer. The converted ships are a testimony to Davies’s ability to deliver complex, mission-critical projects when Canada needs them most, » said James Davies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Davie Shipbuilding Canada Inc.

Originally built in 2000, CCGS Vincent Massey was acquired in 2018 by the CCG to be upgraded as part of the MIB class of vessels.

CCGS Vincent Massey has four medium-speed diesel engines geared to two controllable pitch propellers in nozzles with a total propulsion power of 13,440 kW (18,020 hp). She can achieve a maximum speed of 16 knots (30 km/h) in open water and break 1-metre ice at a continuous speed of 3 knots (5.6 km/h). She is 83.7 meters long overall.

A maximum complement of 30 officers and crew will serve on board when the vessel is commissioned by the CCG. (Picture Davie)