Canadian Coast Guard
icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent

Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent

Canadian Coast Guard
icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent. Click for larger image.
Credit: CCGS

 

Crew members on board the Louis S. St-Laurent lower equipment into the water

Crew members on board the Louis S. St. Laurent lower equipment into the water. Click for larger image. Credit: Natural Resources Canada

Named after the twelfth Prime Minister of Canada, Louis S. St-Laurent, the vessel is classed a “Heavy Arctic Icebreaker” and is the largest icebreaker and flagship of the CCG. Louis is 119.8 m (393 ft) long and 24.4 m (80 ft) broad and carries a polar class of PC-1. The ship was built in 1969 and underwent an extensive modernization between 1988 and 1993.

For more than 30 years, Louis has served as an Arctic research platform for the international scientific community. The ship has 11 laboratory spaces and berthing for more than 50 scientists. Louis also provides escort and resupply services to isolated settlements and commercial operations in the Arctic.