CCG Fleet: Vessel Details


Amundsen 4 (5x7)

Official Number: 383347

Call Sign: CGDT

General Operation

Vessel Type: Medium Icebreaker

Port of Registry: Ottawa, Ontario

Home Region: Central and Arctic

Home Port: Québec, Quebec

Vessel Status: Active

Crewing Regime

Complement: 31

Officers: 11

Crew: 20

Berths Available: 51

Crewing Regime: Layday


Ice Class: Arctic Class 3

Class of Voyage: Unlimited - beyond 2000nm


IMO: 7510846

Construction Details

Builder: Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, British Columbia

Build Material: Steel

Owner: Canadian Coast Guard

Year Launched: 1979

Year in Service: 1979

Vessel Specifications

Length: 98.2 m (Metres)

Breadth: 19.5 m (Metres)

Draft: 7.2 m (Metres)

Freeboard: 3.7 m (Metres)

Gross Tonnage: 5911.0 t (Tons)

Net Tonnage: 1678.8 t (Tons)

Cruising Range: 35000 nm (Nautical Miles)

Endurance: 100 d (Days)

Cruising Speed: 14.0 kts (Knots)

Maximum Speed: 16.0 kts (Knots)

Fresh Water: 135.00 m3 (Cubic Metres)

Fuel Capacity: 2471.00 m3 (Cubic Metres)

Fuel Consumption: 23.00 m3/d (Cubic Metres)

Helicopter Facilities

Helicopter Capacity: 1

Type(s): MBB Bo105, Bell 206B

Flight Deck: Yes

Area: 229.0 m2 (Square Metres)

Hangar: Yes

Area: 99.0 m2 (Square Metres)

Storage: Yes

Fuel: 3.0 m3 (Cubic Metres)


Propulsion: Diesel electric AC/DC

Main Engines: 

(6) x Alco M251F

Power: 13200kw (KiloWatts)

Propellers: (2) x Fixed Pitch

Bow thrusters: Yes

Stern thrusters: No

Emergency Generator: (1) x Caterpillar 398


(3) x Alco MLW251F

Scientific Equipment

Laboratory Type: Moon Pool & ROV Control room

Area: 12.5 Area (Area)

Laboratory Type: Geology & Paleology

Area: 19.4 Area (Area)

Laboratory Type: Nutrient Lab

Area: 19.5 Area (Area)

Scientific LAN: Yes

Winches: 5 - Hawboldt winches

Sounders: Not Applicable

Power on Deck (Hydraulic): No  (Electrical): No

Holds and Deck Space

Hold #1: 94.5 m3 (Cubic Metres)

Hatch Size:  4.6 x 4.0

Hold #2: 95.0 m3 (Cubic Metres)

Hatch Size:  3.5 x 2.9

Main Deck: 354.0 m2 (Square Metres)

Boat Deck: 483.0 m2 (Square Metres)

After Deck: 123.0 m2 (Square Metres)

Container Capacity

Boat Deck: 3

Flight Deck: 4

Deck Equipment

Main Hoist:  Hepburn 75M-0526

SWL: 8.0 t (Tons)

Crane #1:  Hepburn 75M-0526

SWL: 8.0 t (Tons)

Crane #2:  Hepburn 75M-0526

SWL: 8.0 t (Tons)

Crane #3:  Hepburn 75M-0526

SWL: 8.0 t (Tons)

Workboat #1: RHIB

Launcher:  Miranda Davit

Workboat #2: SP Barge

Launcher:  Standard Davit

Workboat #3: RHIB

Launcher: HIAB Seacrane

Comms and Navigation Equipment


(1) x Icom L


(3) x Sailor RT-5022


(2) x Sailor HC4500
(1) x Motorola Micom


(1) x Westinghouse Series 1000 Msat
(1) x Sailor SC4000 Iridium
(1) x Fleet Broadband 500

Weather Fax: 

(1) x JRC JAX-9


(2) x Anschutz Standard 20


Sperry Marine Bridgemaster E - X Band
Sperry Marine Bridgemaster E - S Band
Sperry Marine Bridgemaster E - X Band

Electronic Charts: 

(1) x ICAN Aldebaran II

Auto Pilot: 

(1) x Sperry ADG 6000

Speed Logs: 

(1) x Sperry Marine SRD-331


(1) x SAAB R4 (AIS)


(1) x Taiyo C338 HS


(1) x OAR Cubic DF4400

Depth Sounders: 

(2) x Skipper GDS 101


(1) x Simrad EM302
Vessel Images
Other Images
Amundsen 5 (5x7)
Amundsen 3 (5x7) alongside
Additional Information

Vessel Accomplishments: 

Biographical Information: Roald Engebreth Gravning Amundsen (1872-1928). Born in Borge, Norway, he gained international fame when he led the first Antarctic expedition to the South Pole. The first man to undisputedly reach both the North and South Poles, he was also the first to person to successfully traverse the Northwest passage. In 1928 during a rescue mission, while flying over the Arctic Ocean, Amundsen disappeared. Although his body was never recovered, his legacy of Arctic exploration continues.

Modernization Information: In 2002, the CCGS SIR JOHN FRANKLIN was converted from a Medium Icebreaker to an Arctic Research Vessel and re-named CCGS AMUNDSEN. The vessel underwent an extensive modernization which included the addition of the following equipment: a 2.2m x 2.3m Moon pool and control room, an ROV control room, a CTD Rosette Room and Control Room. On the upper deck, a filtration lab, a freezer lab, a geochemistry lab, a wet lab, a refrigeration lab, a Benthos lab, a Geology lab , and a Paleogoly lab were added. On the main deck, a science lab, a nutrient lab, a salinometer lab, and a zooplankton lab were added. The ship also carries 5 scientific container labs: a wet lab, a RADVAN lab, a PILMS lab, a dry lab and a mooring lab, as well as 2 storage containers for scientific equipment.