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A new Coast Guard ship passed in through the narrows of St. John’s harbour recently to arrive at its new home port.
The Vladykov will be used for fisheries and oceanographic research this summer in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador, and replaces the CCGS Shamook, according to a government news release.
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield said the new ship will be an asset to the Coast Guard fleet.
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Coast Guard this year, we honour the past and look forward to an exciting future,” said Ashfield. “This new vessel is a great addition to the Coast Guard’s fleet and will enhance our capacity to support fisheries science in Canada.”
The Vladykov cost $16 million, and was built at the Méridien Maritime shipbuilding facility in Matane, Que.
The vessel has a secondary capacity for search and rescue, and environmental response to pollution incidents. CCGS Vladykov is capable of deploying many types of equipment including fishing trawls, scallop drags, plankton nets, remote operating vehicles, acoustic and geophysical survey equipment and water sampling arrays.