Annex A - Definition of Vessel Classes and Naming Criteria

Class: Polar Icebreaker

Abbreviation (French) – Polar (Polaire)

Definition

  • A very large multitasked icebreaker (approx. 140 metres in length), capable of sustained operations in the Arctic Archipelago over three seasons per year.
  • Has accommodations with 60 CCG berths, 40 supernumerary berths, and a surge capacity for 25 others.
  • Has a large cargo carrying capacity; a helicopter hangar that will accommodate two CCG helicopters; and multiple utility craft.
  • Has the capacity to over-winter in the Arctic.
  • Has the capacity to deliver a large suite of Government of Canada programs.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadian Prime Ministers

Class: Heavy Icebreaker

Abbreviation (French) - HI (BL)

Definition

  • A very large multitasked icebreaker (approx. 130 metres in length), capable of sustained operations in the Arctic Archipelago over two seasons per year and for escort operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and East Coast of Newfoundland.
  • Has accommodations with 45 CCG berths and 40 supernumerary berths.
  • Has a large cargo carrying capacity; a helicopter hangar that will accommodate a CCG helicopter; and multiple utility craft.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadian Prime Ministers

Class: Medium Icebreaker

Abbreviation (French) - MI (BM)

Definition

  • A large icebreaker (approx. 100 metres in length) capable of sustained icebreaking and escort operations in the Arctic archipelago over two seasons per year, the Great Lakes, River and Gulf of St. Lawrence and Atlantic Coast in winter.
  • Has accommodations with 32 CCG berths and 25 supernumerary berths (has lifesaving equipment capacity for 62).
  • Has a cargo carrying capacity; a helicopter hangar that will accommodate a CCG helicopter; and multiple utility craft. Has capability to deliver many Government of Canada programs such as many CCG programs and scientific missions.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadian Prime Ministers

Class: High-Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - HEMTV (NPGA)

Definition

  • A large, highly adaptable multitasked vessel (approx. 85 metres in length) with an icebreaking capability to work in the south and western Arctic; and, for escort operations in the Great Lakes, River and Gulf of St. Lawrence and Atlantic coast in winter. Has a shallower draught than the Medium Icebreaker and less capable overall.
  • Has accommodation with 28 CCG berths and 20 supernumerary berths (has lifesaving equipment capacity for 58).
  • Has a crane, a large cargo hold and deck capacity; has a helicopter hangar that will accommodate a CCG helicopter; can launch and recover Rigid-hull inflatable boats and two utility craft.
  • Has capability to deliver many Government of Canada programs.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadian Governors General

Class: Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - MEMTV (NPAM)

Definition

  • A large, multitasked, shallow draught vessel (approx. 65 metres in length) with a top speed of 14 knots; can stay at sea up to 28 days.
  • Has accommodation with 22 CCG berths and 10 supernumerary berths (has lifesaving equipment capacity for 52).
  • Has a crane, a large cargo hold and deck area; can launch and recover Rigid-hull Inflatable Boats and utility craft.
  • Primarily used for aids to navigation, Search and Rescue, icebreaking, science and environmental response; has some icebreaking capability.
  • Designed to have a helicopter deck but not generally equipped with one.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadian mariners or members of the CCG who have made a significant contribution.

Class: Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - OOSV (NHRO)

Definition

  • A large, multitasked offshore noise-reduced vessel (approx. 90 metres in length), capable of extended missions of four to six weeks with a 10,000 NM range; no icebreaking capabilities but able to operate in ice infested waters.
  • Has accommodations with 27 CCG berths and 25 to 30 supernumerary berths (has lifesaving equipment capacity for 57).
  • Equipped with wet labs and has bottom sampling and water column sampling capability; can accommodate a helicopter with minimal hangar capabilities; can launch and recover utility craft.
  • Primarily used for ecosystem and fishery science; oceanographic missions and geological; and hydrographic surveys.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadian scientists or explorers who have made a significant contribution.

Class: Offshore Fishery Science Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - OFSV (NHRH)

Definition

  • A large multitasked offshore noise-reduced vessel (approx. 55 to 65 metres in length), capable of extended missions of four to six weeks with an 8,500 NM range; no icebreaking capabilities, but can deliver programs in ice-infested waters.
  • Has accommodations with 27 CCG berths and 15 supernumerary berths (has lifesaving equipment capacity for 45).
  • Equipped with wet labs and able to do trawl surveys and some water column sampling; no helicopter capabilities.
  • Primarily used for ecosystem and fishery science research.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadian scientists or explorers who have made a significant contribution.

Class: Offshore Patrol Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - OPV (PH)

Definition

  • A large offshore vessel (approx. 75 metres in length) that can operate beyond 120 NM including outside the Exclusive Economic Zone; has a top speed greater than 20-25 knots and can stay at sea for up to six weeks; can operate year-round in Canadian waters (except the Arctic archipelago); minimal ice capability to transit light ice-infested waters.
  • Has accommodations with 22 CCG berths and 18 supernumerary berths and a surge capacity of 12 others (has lifesaving equipment capacity for 52).
  • Carries two Rigid-hull Inflatable Boats (up to 11 metres length); can accommodate a helicopter with minimal hangar capabilities.
  • Designed to support law enforcement, and has a program operations room. Primarily used for fisheries enforcement and search and rescue.

Naming Criteria

Former Companions of the Order of Canada

Class: Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - MSPV (PSH)

Definition

  • A medium sized vessel (approx. 40 metres in length) that can operate up to 120 NM offshore with a top speed of 25 knots; can stay at sea up to 14 days. No requirement for operations in ice-infested waters.
  • Has accommodations with nine CCG berths and up to six supernumerary berths.
  • Carries one or two Rigid-hull Inflatable Boats; no helicopter capabilities.
  • Primarily used for maritime security and fisheries enforcement.

Naming Criteria

Former recipients of the Victoria Cross, Star of Military Valour, Medal of Military Valour, Meritorious Service Medal, Cross of Valour, Star of Courage, Medal of Bravery, Order of Merit of the Police Forces, RCMP Role of Honour or DFO or CCG members who died in the line of duty.

Class: Air Cushion Vehicle

Abbreviation (French) - ACV (VCA)

Definition

  • A medium sized, fast (up to 45 knots), multi-tasked vessel which rides on a cushion of air (hovercraft), capable of working in very shallow areas and littoral zones.
  • Has a crew of four to seven on day work.
  • Has no helicopter capability.
  • Primarily used for search and rescue, aids to navigation, environmental response, and icebreaking.

Naming Criteria

Aboriginal Words

Class: Special Navaids Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - N/A

Definition

  • A shallow draught, flat bottom vessel (approx. 50 metres in length); self-supporting for up to 28 days and can sustain repeated groundings due to shifting river channels; not suitable for open-sea work; no icebreaking capabilities.
  • Has accommodation with 12 CCG berths and four supernumerary berths.
  • Can accommodate a helicopter with minimal hangar capabilities.
  • Primarily used for navigational aids on the Mackenzie River.

Naming Criteria

Aboriginal Words

Class: SAR Lifeboat

Abbreviation (French) - L/B (B/S)

Definition

  • Small (approx.15 to 17 metres in length) shore-based self-righting lifeboat ;capable of search and rescue operations up to 100 NM from shore with a top speed of approx. 25 knots; minimal ice capability to transit light ice-infested waters.
  • Has a crew of four or five on day work. Capacity for four supernumeraries (has lifesaving equipment capacity for 20).
  • No helicopter capability.

Naming Criteria

Geographical features - uniform by class: Canadian capes for high speed lifeboats, and Canadian bays for high-endurance lifeboats.

Class: Mid-Shore Science Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - MSSV (NSHR)

Definition

  • Medium sized vessel (approx. 40 metres in length) capable of sustained operations away from port for up to 14 days; has endurance for 21 days and top speed of 12-14 knots and cruising range of 4000 NM; has minimal ice capability to transit light ice-infested waters.
  • Has accommodation with 15 CCG berths and 8 supernumerary berths.
  • No helicopter capability and limited capacity to carry survey launches.
  • Primarily used for limited: ecosystem fishery science; oceanographic missions and geological / hydrographic surveys.

Naming Criteria

Former Dominion hydrographers of Canada or former explorers of Canada

Class: Channel Survey and Sounding Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - CSSV (NHSC)

Definition

  • Small vessel (approx. 20 to 25 metres in length) with sounding speed of 10 knots; has no ice capability.
  • Has limited accommodations for a crew of four plus two supernumerary.
  • Carries a small utility craft; no helicopter capability.
  • Primarily used to conduct depth survey operations.

Naming Criteria

Former Dominion hydrographers of Canada or former explorers of Canada 

Class: Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - NSFRV (NSHRH)

Definition

  • Small (approx. 20 metres to 25 metres in length) fishery research vessel with a three to four metres draught, a speed of 12 knots and a moderate range; has minimal ice capability to transit light ice-infested waters.
  • Has accommodations with five CCG berths and four supernumerary berths.
  • Has some lab capacity; no helicopter capability.
  • Used to conduct trawl surveys.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadians who have made a contribution to: Marine and Fishery Research or Fisheries Management.

Class: Specialty Vessel

Abbreviation (French) - N/A

Definition

  • Small (under 150 GRT), shallow draught vessel of various designs; has no ice capability.
  • Generally, has no accommodation with a crew complements that is specific to a variety of tasks.
  • No helicopter capability.
  • Used for marine and fishery research, conservation and protection patrols, science and aids to navigation.

Naming Criteria

Former Canadians who have made a contribution to: Marine and Fishery Research, Fisheries Management, Maritime Safety or Security, or Marine Transportation.

Class: Small Craft

Abbreviation (French) - SC (PE)

Definition

Any vessel less than 15 tons gross tonnage – about 12 metres in length or less.

Naming Criteria

Not named