HALIFAX, N.S. — After practically six a long time of service supporting ocean science work worldwide, the decommissioned CCGS Hudson is taking its last voyage.
A $1.6-million contract has been awarded to Nova Scotia marine contracting firm R.J. MacIsaac Development Ltd. for the vessel’s deconstruction and disposal.
The Hudson was a key platform for Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s oceanographic science program. The ship made a number of vital scientific expeditions, together with the primary circumnavigation of the Americas in a single voyage.
Coast guard personnel have eliminated historic objects from the ship forward of the scrapping undertaking. The objects are being saved and can be archived or donated to maritime museums, put in on different coast guard vessels or positioned as historic ornamental items at departmental websites.
“As we mark the ultimate chapter of CCGS Hudson’s illustrious historical past, I am reminded of all the Canadian Coast Guard personnel that sailed on the ship and left their mark on Canadian ocean science,” Canadian Coast Guard commissioner Mario Pelletier stated in a information launch.
“I’m significantly proud that a number of the CCGS Hudson’s historical past can be preserved as a reminder to have a good time the previous as we navigate the longer term in oceanographic science missions.”
Within the coming weeks, the coast guard will signal over the care and custody of the decommissioned vessel to R.J. MacIsaac. The ship will then be towed from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth to a brief storage website in Halifax Harbour earlier than being moved to the corporate’s Sheet Harbour facility within the spring.
Hazardous materials remediation and disposal can be achieved earlier than the vessel is faraway from the water and the hull and superstructure are disassembled, in keeping with the discharge.
The general undertaking is anticipated to be accomplished by the tip of fall 2023. As a part of the contract, R.J. MacIsaac is tasked with guaranteeing that any metal, chrome steel, aluminum or different recyclable supplies on the vessel are recycled, whereas non-recyclable supplies can be disposed of in an environmentally accountable method.
The contractor may also salvage and return the Hudson’s hull transducers and propellers to the coast guard.
A substitute vessel is not anticipated to be delivered till 2025.