The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has taken delivery of the fourth Hero-class mid-shore patrol vessel (MSPV), CCGS Constable Carrière from Irving Shipbuilding, Atlantic Gateway minister and Fisheries and Oceans minister Keith Ashfield have announced.
The delivery follows a previously awarded $194m contract to Irving Shipbuilding in September 2009, to deliver nine mid-shore patrol vessels to Canada.
Designed for the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Marine Security Enforcement Team joint programme, the CCGS Constable Carrière will enhance maritime security in areas along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines driving a pair of controllable pitch propellers, the vessels of the class feature high-speed and long-rage capabilities to enable extended operations in difficult weather conditions.
Named after a Canadian constable J. L. François Carrière, the patrol vessel can support a range of missions including surveillance of fisheries operations, control of illegal fishing equipment and illegal fish poaching, as well as anti-smuggling.
Capable of monitoring and patrolling the coastlines and international limits to demonstrate the Canadian presence, the 43m-long Hero-class vessels have a displacement capacity of 257t and can cruise at a maximum speed of 25k.