Canadian Coast Guard newbuild back in action after hitting breakwater

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(VICTORIA, British Columbia) — The Canadian Coast Guard vessel damaged when it hit the Ogden Point breakwater last month has been repaired and is back in the waters off Vancouver Island, the Times Colonist reported.

The 210-foot Sir John Franklin, the newest ship in the Coast Guard’s fleet, underwent two weeks of repairs at Seaspan’s dry dock in Vancouver to receive a new rudder, rudder post, propeller, tail shaft and steel work on the port stern quarter.

Sir John Franklin was the first large vessel designed and built under the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the first of three offshore fisheries science vessels being constructed by Seaspan.

The vessel was wrapping up its first week of sea trials when it reversed into the breakwater on March 22. No one was injured and Transport Canada is still investigating what caused the crash. The impact caused superficial damage to a section of the breakwater.

The vessel resumed sea trials off Vancouver Island on April 10 and those will last until April 26. Seaspan is on track to deliver Sir John Franklin by June 28.

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By Professional Mariner Staff