CCGS Terry Fox

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CCGS Terry Fox
During spring refit and maintenance, May 2008, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Career (Canada) Coastguard Flag of Canada
Name: Terry Fox
Namesake: Terry Fox
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Burrard Yarrows Corporation, Vancouver, British Columbia
Yard number: 803579
Launched: 1983
Commissioned: 1992
In service: 1992-present
Homeport: CCG Base St. John's, NL (Newfoundland and Labrador Region)
Identification: IMO number: 8127799
Call sign: CGTF
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Icebreaker
Displacement: 4,234 tonnes (4,667.19 short tons)
Length: 88 m (288 ft 9 in)
Beam: 17.8 m (58 ft 5 in)
Draft: 8.3 m (27 ft 3 in)
Ice class: Arctic Class 4
Installed power: 4 × Stork-Werkspoor 8TM410
17,300 kW (23,200 hp) (combined)
Propulsion: Two shafts, controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)
Range: 1,920 nautical miles (3,560 km; 2,210 mi)
Endurance: 58 days
Complement: 24
Aircraft carried: 1 × MBB Bo 105 helicopter

CCGS Terry Fox is a Canadian Coast Guard Heavy Gulf (and Arctic) icebreaker.

Named after the late cancer research activist Terry Fox, the vessel was built in 1983 as MV Terry Fox by Burrard Yarrows Corporation in Vancouver, British Columbia. Terry Fox, along with her sister ship MV Arctic Kalvik supported Gulf Oil's operations in the Beaufort Sea during the 1980s. Not limited to escorting tankers through ice, these multipurpose ships were designed to act as heavy tugs and supply vessels to support offshore oil rig platforms in a hostile environment.


Terry Fox was acquired by the Canadian Coast Guard in 1992 and renamed CCGS Terry Fox. Classed as a "Heavy Gulf Icebreaker" by the coast guard, she is stationed at CCG Base Southside in St. John's, Newfoundland and operates in the Gulf of St. Lawrence during the winter ice season and in Canada's eastern Arctic during the summer shipping season, assisting in escorting the annual Arctic summer sealift to coastal communities. The vessel was transferred from the CCG Base Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on April 1, 2008.

Terry Fox is scheduled for decommissioning in 2020.[1]

Other CCG Icebreakers[edit]

Terry Fox is the sister ship to Vladimir Ignatyuk (formerly Arctic Kalvik).


  1. ^ Design of the CCG Polar icebreaker. Dan McGeer, STX Canada Marine, 2013.

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