In August 2018, the Government of Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, awarded Chantier Davie a $610 million contract for the purchase of 3 icebreakers. This included conversion of the first vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard. These icebreakers will assist with icebreaking operations while our existing fleet undergoes vessel life extension, repair and planned maintenance periods.
These icebreakers will carry out icebreaking duties in Atlantic Canada, the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes and Arctic regions.
All 3 icebreakers are equipped with a removable towing notch. This notch allows for safe and secure closed-coupled towing of other vessels. The notch is located at the rear of the vessel allowing it to break ice and tow at the same time. These icebreakers are the first in the federal fleet to have this unique towing capability.
CCGS Captain Molly Kool
In December 2018, the first of the 3 icebreakers joined our fleet, the CCGS Captain Molly Kool. It’s named for Captain Myrtle ‘Molly’ Kool, who was a pioneer in Canada’s maritime history. She was the first woman in North America to become a master of a cargo steamship. This paved the way for future generations of women in her field.
The CCGS Captain Molly Kool’s home port is in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
CCGS Jean Goodwill
The CCGS Jean Goodwill is named for Jean Goodwill, an Officer of the Order of Canada. She was an Indigenous nurse, a founding member of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and a contemporary champion of public health services for Indigenous peoples.
The CCGS Jean Goodwill is expected to join the fleet in Spring 2020 following the completion of refit and conversion work.The vessel will be stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
CCGS Vincent Massey
The CCGS Vincent Massey will be the third new Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. The Right Honourable Vincent Massey was a lawyer and diplomat. He was the first Canadian appointed to the post of Governor General, and he served from 1952 to 1959.
The CCGS Vincent Massey’s home port will be in Québec City, Quebec. It will join the Coast Guard fleet upon its acceptance in summer 2020.