Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) largest and most capable icebreaker, CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, is scheduled for decommissioning in 2017. Consequently, Budget 2008 provided funds for the acquisition of a new Canadian-built multi-purpose Polar Icebreaker. The only other heavy icebreaker, CCGS Terry Fox, is scheduled for decommissioning in 2020.
The Polar Icebreaker will be capable of operating in Canada’s Arctic farther north and for a longer period of time each year. It will provide the CCG with increased coverage in the Canadian Arctic and adjacent waters and will be able to operate for three seasons in the Arctic, over a larger area and in more difficult ice conditions.
Designing and building a Polar Icebreaker is a major national project. It is expected to take eight to ten years to design and build, and is expected to enter into full Arctic service in 2017, in time for the decommissioning of the CCGS Louis S. St‑Laurent.
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