CCGS Terry Fox

Built in 1983 by Burrard Yarrows Corporation in Vancouver, British Columbia, the CCGS Terry Fox is a heavy icebreaker and stationed at the CCG Southside Base in St. John’s.

Originally named the MV Terry Fox, after the late cancer research activist and Canadian hero, Terry Fox, she was acquired by the Canadian Coast Guard in 1992 and renamed the CCGS Terry Fox.

The CCGS Terry Fox is a heavy icebreaker deployed to break ice and assist shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, from Cape Ray, Newfoundland to Québec City, Québec, including the Cabot Strait, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The vessel may be deployed to the East Coast of Newfoundland during the months of December to May.

During the summer and fall, the CCGS Terry Fox is deployed to the Arctic to carry out northern operations. This includes assistance to shipping, delivering bulk cargo to isolated communities, sovereignty patrol, search and rescue and Northern Awareness programs.

CCGS Terry Fox

The vessel is twin shaft and has four Stork-Werkspoor diesel engines with reduction gear box for propulsion. The ship has two shaft generators and two diesel ship service generators. She is also fitted with a bubbler system.

In addition, the vessel is equipped with a 40 tonne crane for lifting heavy items, a cargo crane, a fast rescue craft for search and rescue, a small zodiac and a forklift for cargo operations.

Onboard communications equipment includes a Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) complete with satellite, VHF & HF radios and Weather Fax.

Navigation equipment includes an Auto Pilot, Depth Sounder, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), gyro compass, Loran-C, MF & VHF Direction Finders, Radar, Speed Log, Intera Starvue and NavLink.

The vessel has a crew of 23. At all times, at least one crew member on board is a trained rescue specialist. When the vessel is in the Arctic, there is a nurse and an ice observer onboard.

Vessel Particulars

  • Vessel Type - Heavy Icebreaker
  • Ice Class - Arctic Class 4
  • Length - 88 metres
  • Width - 17.82 metres
  • Draft - 8.3 metres (How deep the vessel sits in the water)
  • Displacemen - 7,007 gross tonnes (Weight of vessel)
  • Horsepower - 23,200 bhp
  • Maximum Speed - 15.5 knots
  • Cruising Speed - 13.5 knots