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CANADA WELCOMES GGGs FIRST NEWBUILD ICEBREAKER IN 25 YEARS

Friday, May 31, 2019 

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans Captain Molly Kool, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, has officially welcomed the Canadian Coast Guard’s first newbuild icebreaker in 25 years.

CCGS Captain Molly Kool, named after the first woman in North America to be certified Master of a cargo steamship, is the first of three new icebreakers to join the Coast Guard fleet.

At a ceremony at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region Headquarters in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Minister Wilkinson was joined by Captain Molly Kool’s sister, Martha Miller, members of the Kool family, and guests that included the Governor General of Canada The Right Honourable Julie Payette.

Mr Wilkinson said: “Captain Molly Kool was a pioneer who stepped outside the status quo and beyond the societal definitions of her gender. She broke down barriers and was a trailblazer who helped female mariners move out of the periphery and into the mainstream. I am proud that the Canadian Coast Guard has named the first icebreaker to join our fleet in 25 years after Captain Kool; our first icebreaker to bear the name of a female ship captain. Canadians can be proud of our Coast Guard, and their vital role in keeping us safe and protecting the marine environment.”

 A medium icebreaker, the vessel can maintain a speed of 3kn in ice up to 1m thick and operate continuously without refuelling for 25 days. With a total of 18,278hp, the twin screw vessel can attain a maximum speed of 16kn.

Accepted into the Coast Guard fleet in December 2018, Captain Molly Kool will operate in Atlantic Canada, the St. Lawrence River, and the Great Lakes, and in the Arctic from May to November.

The second and third vessels will be accepted into service in late 2019 and summer 2020, respectively. However, these icebreaker form part of a much larger fleet renewal programme which includes 18 new vessels scheduled to be built in Canada, in addition to four vessels already on order.

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