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CCGS Pierre Radisson
In the belly of an icebreaker
CCGS Pierre Radisson

MPO D. Corbin

Since fall 2010 and until spring 2011, the mid-sized Canadian Coast Guard river icebreaker, the CCGS Pierre Radisson, has been undergoing a major refit of its engine rooms.

The six diesel propulsion engines, all three generator sets and the bow thruster will be removed from the ship’s “belly” and replaced with new equipment. To do so, the hull had to be opened to shift all this mechanical gear, including engines as large as locomotives.

Built in 1978, the Canadian Coast Guard ship CCGS Pierre Radisson had mechanical problems and damage that had to be repaired. Other adjustments were needed to bring the ship into compliance with modern safety requirements. Once this refit is completed, the diesel engines, generator sets and bow thruster will work efficiently for several years to come.

The work being done at Chantier maritime Verreault Navigation inc. called for an investment of $9.5 million, including $2.2 million from Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The ship should return to service in the waters of the St. Lawrence and the Arctic by summer 2011.

  • Reconditioned Alco 251FV16 diesel engines
  • Model 16C9 x 10½
  • Power: 2950 HP

Generator sets

  • Manufacturer by MTU
  • Model 8V4000M23S
  • Voltage: 460 V
  • Power: 750 kW
Bow thruster
  • Manufactured by Wärtsilä
  • Model CT125H
  • Maximum manoeuvring power: 500 kW

CCGS Pierre Radisson – vessel characteristics
Marinfo – Canadian Coast Guard fleet, Quebec Region

Local Economy Strengthened by Refit of CCGS Pierre Radisson
Media release – January 24, 2011

Nathalie Letendre
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