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Canadian Coast Guard

As announced in the Economic Action Plan 2012, the Canadian Government plans to extend the life of sixteen Coast Guard vessels and complete mid-life modernizations on an additional two existing hovercraft over the next 10 years.

Having successfully completed the upgrade and refit of two of the Canadian Coast Guard’s largest Arctic icebreakers, the CCGS Louis St-Laurent and CCGS Des Groseilliers, Babcock Canada has established itself as a trusted partner and provider of marine surface vessel support in Canada.

Through our core capabilities:

Consultancy, analysis and design services: From concept development and assessment, through complete life-cycle support and maintenance, to disposal.
Information related solutions: Covering aspects such as configuration control, reliability assessment, safety case production, assessment and management.
Engineering services: From fleet time operational support to deep maintenance and overhaul.

We provide our clients with the entire range of skills required to keep major surface vessels operating cost-effectively over their full life-cycle.

The Canadian Coast Guards’ Flagship

In April of 2014 the Government of Canada awarded a $6.5 million contract to Babcock Canada for critical refit work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis St-Laurent. This contract was awarded as the result of an open and competitive procurement process. The shipyard portion of the work was carried out by a domestic shipyard partner.

At over 15,000 tons and 119 meters long, the CCGS Louis St-Laurent is Canada’s largest and most capable icebreaker. The vessel is a highly adaptable multi-tasked ship with capacities for icebreaking in the Arctic as well as the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and Atlantic coast.
The regulatory refit included significant docking related items including the pulling of both tail shafts, painting of the hull and tanks, overhaul of over 200 valves and the inspection of hull and seam welding. In addition to this, a number of capability improvements were completed, including new mechanical stern seals, converter chiller, and crane overhaul. The team completed all of this work, while absorbing 30% growth to the work specification as a result of additional customer requests and work arising from inspection.

The work was completed on time and on budget, enabling the vessel’s deployment to the Arctic in the summer of 2014, where it conducted vital mapping of Canada’s continental shelf.

CCGS Des Groseilliers

Following the successful completion of the CCGS Louis St-Laurent refit, Babcock Canada was awarded a contract for Phase 1 of the planned vessel life extension of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Des Groseilliers.

Based in Québec City, the CCGS Des Groseilliers provides icebreaking services, search and rescue support, and Aid to Navigation services on the St. Lawrence River.

The work that was undertaken on the 6000-tonne, 98-metre, 1200 Class medium icebreaker, included replacement of the vessel’s generator sets, main engine block and propulsion control system. This was all done to enable the vessel to meet program requirements for the next 10 years.