Canadian Coast Guard welcomes CCGS ‘Leim’

CCGS Leim. Credit: Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Leim. Credit: Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard has inaugurated its newest near-shore fisheries research vessel, CCGS Leim.

The vessel was named in honour of the late Dr Alexander Henry Leim, a Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist who dedicated his life to fisheries research. 

The vessel was built in the Méridien Maritime Inc. shipyard in Matane and is replacing the CCGS Calanus II, whose 22-year service life is coming to an end.

CCGS Leim measures 22m and can reach a speed of 10 knots. It can deploy numerous types of equipment, such as various kinds of trawls, scallop dredges, remote-operated vehicles and plankton nets.

The acquisition of this new research vessel will benefit Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Ecosystems and Oceans Science programs. The CCGS Leim is one of four near shore fisheries research vessels - three are deployed on the Atlantic coast and one is operating on the Pacific coast.

"Our Government has made historic investments to renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and this is with great pride that I welcome the arrival of the CCGS Leim to our fleet. This new state-of-the-art vessel will carry out fisheries and oceanographic research missions in the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf, and support with search and rescue and environmental response when needed", said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

Since 2009, the Government of Canada has delivered several new vessels to the Canadian Coast Guard, including: eight mid-shore patrol vessels, two hovercrafts, five search and rescue lifeboats, three specialty vessels, and three near-shore fisheries research vessels, as well as numerous barges and small craft. 

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