Technical Characteristics

The Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen is a Class-1200 medium-size icebreaker based in Quebec City, Canada. The electric diesel engines of the CCGS Amundsen, which generate 11 155 kW, and the adjusted shape of the hull allows for navigation at 3 knots in more than 1 metre thick ice. The vessel was designed to have great autonomy at sea: it can travel 15 000 nautical miles at cruising speed without calling port. The CCGS Amundsen is an efficient, versatile and cost-effective ship to conduct scientific research of international calibre in the Canadian Arctic.

  • Name: CCGS Amundsen (formerly the CCGS Sir John Franklin)
  • Year built: 1979 (Burrard dry dock, B.C.)
  • Year retrofit: 2002-2003 (Les Méchins dry dock, QC)
  • Ice class: Arctic class 3
  • Overall length (m): 98.33
  • Breadth (m): 19.51
  • Draft (m): 7.18
  • Displacement (t): 5 911
  • Power (kW): 11 155
  • Propulsion: 6 diesel electric generators 2950 hp (18 000 hp diesel)
  • Shaft horsepower: 13 960 hp (15 000 hp with overload)
  • Cruise range (nm): 15 000 @ 14 knots
  • Maximum speed: 16.5 knots
  • Maximum capacity: 80 persons
  • Crew: 30 to 40
  • Science berths: 40
  • Deck cranes: 4
  • Helideck/hangar: Yes
  • Helicopter: BO 105
  • Hydraulic A-frames: 2
  • Scientific winches: 5
  • Acoustic well: Yes
  • Internal moon pool: Yes
  • Dynamic positioning system: Yes
  • Launches/barge: 3
  • Internal communications network
  • Internet access: Yes (E-mail at sea system)
  • NOAA SCS server system

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