The Canadian Coast Guard officially welcomed the medium icebreaker CCGS Vincent Massey to its fleet at a dedication to service ceremony in Quebec City in September 2023.

The ship is the third of three medium icebreakers that Canada purchased secondhand from the commercial market in 2018.

CCGS Vincent Massey joins sisterships CCGS Jean Goodwill and CCGS Captain Molly Kool in providing icebreaking services in Eastern Canada’s waterways, including the St Lawrence River and Gulf and the Atlantic region.

The vessel is also equipped to support environmental response and search and rescue operations.

The Canadian Coast Guard took delivery of the CCGS Vincent Massey in October 2022 after acquiring her from Viking Supply Ships as part of a three medium-icebreaker package. Vincent Massey was built in 2000 as Tor Viking.

The first of the three icebreakers, CCGS Captain Molly Kool, entered into service in late 2018, followed by CCGS Jean Goodwill in November 2020.

Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy aims to revitalize the country’s shipbuilding industry, create skilled jobs, and build new classes of ships to ensure safe and modern marine services.

The three medium interim icebreakers were acquired to supplement the Canadian Coast Guard’s existing fleet while new ships are being built under the strategy.

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