CCGS Vincent Massey

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Tor Viking II (26933952394).jpg
As Tor Viking II
  • Tor Viking (2000–2003)
  • Tor Viking II (2003–2017)
  • Tor Viking (2017–present)
Port of registry:
Ordered: 1 October 1998[2]
Builder: Havyard Leirvik A.S., Leirvik, Norway[2]
Yard number: 282[2]
Laid down: 1 January 1999[2]
Launched: 20 November 1999[2]
Completed: 1 March 2000[2]
In service: 2000–2018
Fate: Sold to Canada in 2018
Name: CCGS Vincent Massey
Namesake: Charles Vincent Massey
Owner: Canadian Coast Guard
Commissioned: Summer 2020 (planned)[3]
Identification:IMO number9199622[4]
Status: Undergoing refit
General characteristics (as built)[2]
Type: Icebreaker, AHTS
Length: 83.7 m (275 ft)
Beam: 18 m (59 ft)
  • 6.5 m (21 ft) (icebreaking)
  • 7.242 m (24 ft) (maximum)
Depth: 8.5 m (28 ft)
Ice class: DNV ICE-10 Icebreaker
Installed power:
  • 2 × MaK 8M32 (2 × 3,840 kW)
  • 2 × MaK 6M32 (2 × 2,880 kW)[5]
Propulsion: Two ducted controllable pitch propellers
  • 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) (maximum)
  • 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) (service)[5]
Crew: 23
General characteristics (after conversion)[6][7][8]
Type: Medium icebreaker (CCG)
Ice class: Arctic Class 2
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph) (service)
Range: 11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km; 13,000 mi)
Endurance: 42 days
Crew: 19 (9 officers, 10 crew)
Notes: Otherwise same as above; data for CCGS Captain Molly Kool

CCGS Vincent Massey is an icebreaking anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) being converted to a medium class icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard. She was originally built as Tor Viking for Trans Viking Icebreaking & Offshore AS in 2000 and has also trader under the name Tor Viking II. The vessel was acquired by the Canadian Coast Guard in 2018 and is expected to enter service in summer 2020.[3]

CCGS Vincent Massey has two sister vessels, CCGS Captain Molly Kool and CCGS Jean Goodwill, both of which are converted offshore vessels.


CCGS Vincent Massey is 83.7 metres (275 ft) long overall and 77.77 metres (255 ft) between perpendiculars. Her hull has a beam of 18 metres (59 ft) and moulded depth of 8.5 metres (28 ft). At design draught, she draws 6.5 metres (21 ft) of water, but can be loaded to a maximum draught of 7.22 metres (24 ft) which corresponds to a displacement of 6,872 tons.[5] Built to DNV ice class "ICE-10 Icebreaker", she will be rated as Arctic Class 2 in Canadian service. Originally she was served by a crew of 23, but this will be reduced to 19 (9 officers and 10 crew) when the vessel is commissioned by the Canadian Coast Guard.[2][8]

CCGS Vincent Massey has four medium-speed diesel engines geared to two controllable pitch propellers in nozzles. She has two eight-cylinder MaK 8M32 and two six-cylinder MaK 6M32 diesel engines rated at 3,840 kW (5,150 hp) and 2,880 kW (3,860 hp) each. With a total propulsion power of 13,440 kW (18,020 hp), she can achieve a maximum speed of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) in open water and break 1-metre (3.3 ft) ice at a continuous speed of 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph). In addition, she has two bow thrusters (one fixed, one retractable and azimuthing) and one transverse stern thruster for maneuvering and dynamic positioning.[2]


Tor Viking and Tor Viking II (2000–2018)[edit]

She has been employed supplying offshore Arctic petroleum drilling expedition.

In 2003–2017, the vessel was named Tor Viking II because the Swedish ship registry does not allow two ships sharing a name.

In late January 2010 the Swedish Maritime Administration called for Vidar Viking and Tor Viking to serve as icebreakers in the Baltic Sea.[9] The vessels are chartered on a contingency bases; Trans Viking's parent company, Transatlantic, is paid a basic flat fee for the vessels to be available, within ten days, without regard to whether they are used. They were used in 2007. The contract expired in 2015.

In October 2015, Tor Viking rescued a French sailor and his cat from the 30-foot (9.1 m) sailboat La Chimere which had lost its rudder and rigging in heavy seas 400 miles (640 km) south of Cold Bay, Alaska. When Tor Viking arrived alongside in 20-foot (6 m) seas, the man jumped over the icebreaker's railing with the cat tucket in his shirt. The rescue was captured on video by a United States Coast Guard Lockheed C-130 Hercules monitoring the operation.[10][11]

In December 2015, Tor Viking became the first ship to transit the Northern Sea Route in December without support from nuclear-powered icebreakers at this time of the year. The vessel entered Bering Strait on 28 November and passed around the northern tip of Novaya Zemlya on 10 December.[12]

CCGS Vincent Massey[edit]

In 2016, Davie Shipbuilding began offering Tor Viking and her sister ships as a replacement to the ageing Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers under the moniker Project Resolute. In addition to the three Swedish icebreaking offshore vessels, the offer also included a fourth slightly bigger and more powerful vessel: the US-flagged Aiviq.[13] On 10 August 2018, Viking Supply Ships announced the sale of its three vessels to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada for $274 million.[14][15] Once retrofitted at Davie Shipbuilding, the vessels are expected to remain in service in the Canadian Coast Guard for 15 to 25 years.[16][17]

Tor Viking will be named CCGS Vincent Massey after Charles Vincent Massey (1887–1967), a Canadian lawyer and diplomat who served as the Governor General of Canada, the 18th since Confederation and the first one born in Canada.[3]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Balder Viking (21804)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Pugliese, David (30 April 2019). "Davie awarded refit contract for Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker". Ottawa Citizen. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
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  6. ^ "Icebreakers Backgrounder". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Project RESOLUTE Briefing" (PDF). Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b "CCGS Captain Molly Kool". Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  9. ^ "TransAtlantic's icebreakers are called in for icebreaking in Baltic Sea". PR Inside. 29 January 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2010. TransAtlantic has a long-term contract with the SMA, which entails that the vessels must be available during the first quarter of the year as required and within ten days for icebreaking in the Baltic Sea. In return, Transatlantic receives an annual basic fee, regardless of whether icebreaking is conducted or not. If icebreaking is conducted, the fee is increased. The contract expires in 2015, with an option to extend for an additional 15 years.
  10. ^ "Frenchman leaps from sailboat to waiting ship in south Alaska sea". CBC. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  11. ^ Tor Viking Rescues Mariner and His Cat - Oct. 20, 2015. GCaptain. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  12. ^ Staalesen, Atle (14 December 2015). "First December voyage without icebreaker". The Barents Observer. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Project Resolute" (PDF). Davie Shipbuilding. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Viking Supply Ships". Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  15. ^ Blenkey, Nick (13 August 2018). "Viking Supply confirms sale of icebreaking AHTS trio to Canada". MarineLog. Simmons-Boardman. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Canada Buys Commercial Icebreakers for its Coast Guard". Maritime Executive. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018. On Monday, Norwegian harsh-environment OSV operator Viking Supply Ships announced that it has sold three icebreaking anchor handlers to the government of Canada, which will retrofit them for use by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).
  17. ^ "Canada to Use Interim Icebreakers for Around 20 Years". Maritime Executive. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018. The Canadian Press reports that there are no immediate plans to replace the Coast Guard's existing vessels which are on average more than 35 years old.