The vessel will undergo preparations to commence fisheries and oceanographic science work this summer in Newfoundland and Labrador and will replace CCGS Shamook which has served for 35 years.
â€śAs we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Coast Guard this year, we honour the past and look forward to an exciting future,â€ť said Minister Ashfield. â€śThis new vessel is a great addition to the Coast Guardâ€™s fleet and will enhance our capacity to support fisheries science in Canada.â€ť
â€śThe arrival of this vessel in St. Johnâ€™s is another demonstration of our governmentâ€™s commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador,â€ť said Minister Penashue. â€śI am proud to be a part of a government that continues to invest in fisheries science and the assets to carry out the research throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.â€ť
CCGS Vladykov is a $16 million investment into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and fisheries science in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Government of Canada has committed more than $1.4 billion to the Coast Guard over the past 6 years and up to $5.2 billion will be invested over the next 11 years on renewal of vessels and helicopters
The vessel has a secondary capacity for search and rescue, environmental response to pollution incidents and support to other federal, provincial and municipal departments and agencies in response to law enforcement, humanitarian and civil situations. CCGS Vladykov is a versatile fisheries and oceanographic research ship capable of deploying many types of equipment including fishing trawls, scallop drags, plankton nets, remote operating vehicles, acoustic and geophysical survey equipment and water sampling arrays.