Apply for Ship Time
The CCGS Amundsen is one of the few Canadian Coast Guard ships to have a dual purpose. The Coast Guard maintains the infrastructure operational and available for science for up to 152 days of operations per year, over a period of 6 months from mid-May to mid-November. Special arrangements can also be negotiated with the Coast Guard to extend the availability of the CCGS Amundsen in a given year to accommodate circum-annual science programs in the Arctic. The Coast Guard uses the icebreaker for its own icebreaking/escort operations from December to Mid-April (141 days of operation).
Every year the CCGS Amundsen operates in Arctic and subarctic regions in support of Canadian research programs and collaborations with industry and international partners. Because of the high demand for ship time and the short window of operations in northern seas, the Amundsen’s schedule must be carefully planned several months in advance.
SHIP TIME APPLICATION
Science programs requesting access to the Amundsen are required to submit a formal Ship Time Application. Programs submitting a request should already have secured or anticipated funding for ship time from a funding agency (e.g. NSERC in Canada) and have undergone a scientific review process that confirms the scientific excellence of the proposed program.
Primary programs requesting a significant number of berths (>5) on board and/or a significant amount of dedicated ship time, are required to submit their request at least 18 months prior to their anticipated expedition dates and before 30 October of any given year. Secondary programs requesting a minimal number of berths (<5) must submit their request at least 7 months prior to their anticipated expedition dates and before 30 October of a given year to join the Amundsen expedition the following year. This Primary and Secondary user procedure is aimed at facilitating the scheduling process for the Amundsen by providing sufficient lead time to plan user access. It also provides small programs with a "last minute" option to join the Amundsen expedition (e.g., following funding confirmation).