Vessel procurement

Mid-shore patrol vessel

Read the biographies of fallen Canadian heroes for whom vessels are named
The CCGS Private Robertson V.C.
Private James Robertson, V.C.

CCGS Private Robertson V.C., after the late Private James Peter Robertson, V.C., born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He joined the 27th Battalion in 1915. He died in battle on November 6, 1917, while rescuing two badly wounded fellow soldiers under severe fire.

CCGS Corporal Kaeble V.C.
Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C.

CCGS Corporal Kaeble V.C., after the late Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C., born in St. Moise, Quebec. He joined the Royal 22nd Regiment in 1916. He died near Arras on June 9, 1918, while he single-handedly repelled a strong attack with his Lewis gun.

The CCGS Corporal Teather C.V.
Corporal Robert Gordon Teather, V.C.

CCGS Corporal Teather C.V., after Corporal Robert Gordon Teather, C.V., a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police diving team in Surrey, British Columbia. Corporal Teather rescued two fishers trapped in the hull of their capsized boat. This heroic rescue occurred in the early morning hours of September 26, 1981. Corporal Teather passed away November 14, 2004. For his actions Corporal Teather was awarded the Cross of Valour.

The CCGS Constable Carrière
Constable J.L François Carrière

CCGS Constable Carrière, after Constable J.L. François Carrière, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Constable Carrière died on November 30, 1997, while conducting an underwater search of a vessel believed to be smuggling illegal drugs. Constable Carrière is listed on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Roll of Honour.

The CCGS G. Peddle S.C.
Chief Officer Peddle, S.C.

CCGS G. Peddle S.C., after Canadian Coast Guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle, S.C., of Spaniard’s Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Chief Officer Peddle and his colleagues, Senior Engineer Pierre Gallien and Leading Seaman Raymond C. Welcher, lost their lives on October, 15, 1989, when their fast rescue craft overturned in an attempt to rescue a diver off Middle Cove, Newfoundland. Chief Officer Peddle was awarded the Star of Courage.

The CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V.
Corporate Mark Robert McLaren, M.M.V.

CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V., after Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, M.M.V., of Peterborough, Ontario. Corporal McLaren was killed on December 5, 2008, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when his Canadian-Afghan patrol was ambushed. During the attack, Corporal McLaren crawled through enemy fire to aid his team’s seriously injured interpreter. He was awarded the Medal of Military Valour.

The CCGS A. LeBlanc
Fishery Officer Agapit LeBlanc

CCGS A. LeBlanc, after Fishery Officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche, New Brunswick. Mr. Leblanc joined the Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service in 1920. He was killed on October 20, 1926, while investigating illegal fishing vessels. His murder remains unsolved.

The CCGS M. Charles M.B.
Seaman Martin Charles

CCGS M. Charles M.B., after Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B., of Bamfield, British Columbia, and Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band. Martin Charles, now deceased, devoted his life and career to saving lives. He earned the Medal of Bravery for his instrumental role in a search and rescue incident that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the crash of the helicopter assisting in the rescue efforts.

The CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M.
Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, M.S.M.

CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M., after Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, M.S.M., who was born to Canadian and British parents in Papua New Guinea, and lived in various locations, including Black Lake and Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; and Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Captain Goddard was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her exemplary service in Afghanistan from January 2006, until her death in combat on May 17, 2006. 

The mid-shore patrol vessel's mission

New Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPV) will conduct Maritime Security missions on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and Fisheries Enforcement on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. The new MSPV are larger, faster, and more capable than the current vessels being used for these missions. The "Mid-Shore" designation means the vessels can operate up to 120 nautical miles offshore. They will have the capability to communicate securely with other Government of Canada vessels and national classified command and control networks.

The Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel acquisition project is the first of several major projects to be undertaken as part of the Canadian Coast Guard's (CCG) long-term Fleet Renewal initiative.


Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels will become the primary platform for the joint Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Marine Security Enforcement Team in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The primary mission of this program is to:

  • Enhance national security
  • Respond to potential threats
  • Safeguard and address Federal on water enforcement requirements

For more information on these efforts please visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Compliance and Enforcement

Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels will be used to support the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Compliance and Enforcement program on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. As part of this program, Canadian Coast Guard personnel and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Fishery Officers work together to:

  • Conduct surveillance of fisheries operations to ensure all regulations and guidelines are being respected
  • Seize, recover, store and transport illegal fishing gear
  • Monitor and patrol the oceans (coastlines and international boundaries) and provide a Canadian presence
  • Discourage smuggling and fish poaching

For more information on these efforts please visit the Compliance and Enforcement website.

Design, characteristics and construction


The Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel is based on Damen’s Stan Patrol 4207 design. As of 2001, 16 vessels based on this design have been built and are currently in use by agencies such as the UK Border Agency and the Coast Guards of the Netherlands, Barbados, Jamaica, and Albania. The Damen Stan Patrol 4708, a modification of the 4207, is being used by the United States Coast Guard for more than 35 Fast Response Cutters currently under construction in Louisiana.

Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel Concept Image


Characteristics of the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel
Parent Design Damen Stan Patrol 4207
Classification Lloyds' Register
Builder Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Length 43 m
Beam 7.0 m
Draft 2.85 m
Displacement 257 tonnes (estimate)
Maximum Speed 25 knots
Cruising Speed 14 knots
Range at 14 knots 2000 nautical miles
Endurance 14 days
Propellers 2 controllable pitch
Power 4,992 kW
7.53m Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) 1 for C&E variant and 2 for the Maritime Security variant
Crew 14 (CCG, RCMP, and C&E)
Material Steel hull, aluminium superstructure


In August 2009, a contract for $198 Million was awarded to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) for the construction and design of nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels. The design of the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels began immediately and has progressed according to schedule. In 2010, ISI hosted a Steel Cutting Ceremony which has marked the beginning of construction. At present, six vessels have been delivered and there are three Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels in various stages of production at ISI’s Halifax Shipyards.

A vessel under construction

About the Shipyard

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) operates out of its head office in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For more information, visit ISI’s webpage.

Timeline of estimated delivery of Mid-shore patrol vessels

The following timeline outlines the estimated delivery of Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels:

  • Summer 2009: Contract awarded to Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
  • Fall 2009: Preliminary Design Review completed
  • Spring 2010: Final Design Review completed
  • Fall 2010: Steel Cutting Ceremony marked the beginning of construction of the first vessel, the CCGS Private Robertson V.C.
  • 2012: First Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel delivered
  • 2014: Final Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel delivered
Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions


How many Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels are being built?


The Canadian Coast Guard is currently in contract to have nine (9) MSPVs built.


How much will it cost to construct the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels?


The contract cost for design and construction of all nine (9) MSPVs is $198 Million.


Where are the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels being built?


The MSPV is being built by Irving Shipyard Inc. at Halifax Shipyards in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


When will the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels be delivered?


Construction began in 2010, with deliveries of nine MSPV beginning in Fall 2012 and ending in 2014.


Where will Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels be deployed?


The MSPVs will be used across Canada. Some vessels will be deployed to Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway to help with the joint Canadian Coast Guard/Royal Canadian Mounted Police marine security program and others will be deployed to the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts in support of Conservation and Protection programs.


What will the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel be doing?


The MSPV will be used for safety patrol; securing economical waters; maritime safety; and search and rescue. They will be suitable for coastal offshore services out to 120 nautical miles. The Canadian Coast Guard will work alongside Conservation and Protection officers as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to perform these tasks.


Shipbuilding strategy

Together with other federal partners, Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard are participating in the implementation of the Public Works and Government Services Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy.