Cape-class motor lifeboat

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CCGC Cape Sutil at CCG Station Port Hardy.jpg
CCGS Cape Sutil at Port Hardy, British Columbia.
Class overview
Name: 47' MLB
Builders: Textron Marine and Victoria Shipyards
Operators: Canadian Coast Guard
Cost: US $1,214,300
In service: 1997–Present
Planned: 36
Completed: 36
General characteristics
Displacement: 18 t (20 short tons)[1]
Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)[1]
Beam: 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)[1]
Draught: 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)[1]
Propulsion: 2 x Caterpillar 3196 Engines Rated 450 hp @ 2100 rpm (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity[1]
  • 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
  • 22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising[1]
Range: 200 nmi (370 km) cruising[1]
Complement: 4 crew, 5 passengers[1]

The Canadian Coast Guard maintains a fleet of 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in) Cape-class motor lifeboats[2] , based on a motor lifeboat design used by the United States Coast Guard. In September 2009 the CCG announced plans to add five new lifeboats, bringing the total number of Cape-class lifeboats to 36.

The vessels are staffed by a crew of four, two of whom are rescue specialists.[3][4][5] In spite of its name, the CCGS Cape Roger is a larger patrol vessel, not a Cape-class lifeboat. The CCG also maintains some larger motor lifeboats based on Arun-class lifeboats designed in the United Kingdom.


Cape-class motor lifeboats have displacements of 20 short tons (18 t) and total lengths of 47 feet 11 inches (14.61 m) and beam lengths of 14 feet (4.3 m).[6] Constructed from marine-grade aluminium, ships have draught lengths of 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 m). They contains two Caterpillar 3196 diesel engines providing a combined 900 shaft horsepower. They have two 28 by 36 inches (710 mm × 910 mm) four-blade propellers, and each ship's complement is four crew members and five passengers.[6]

The lifeboats have maximum speeds of 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) and cruising speeds of 22 knots (25 mph). Cape-class lifeboats have fuel capacities of 400 US gallons (1,500 l; 330 imp gal) and ranges of 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) when cruising.[6] They are capable of operating at wind speeds of 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) and wave heights of 30 feet (9.1 m). They can tow ships with displacements of up to 150 tonnes (170 short tons) and can withstand 60 knots (110 km/h; 69 mph) winds and 20 feet (6.1 m)-high breaking waves.[6]

Communication options include Raytheon 152 HF-SSB and Motorola Spectra 9000 VHF50W radios, and a Raytheon RAY 430 loudhailer system.[6] The lifeboats also support the Simrad TD-L1550 VHF-FM radio direction finder. Raytheon provides a number of other electronic systems for the lifeboats, including the RAYCHART 620, the ST 30 heading indicator and ST 50 depth indicator, the NAV 398 global positioning system, a RAYPILOT 650 autopilot system, and either the R41X AN or SPS-69 radar systems.[6]

Class list and distribution[edit]

Positions as of 26 October 2009[7]
Region Ship Port Notes
Newfoundland and Labrador Cape Fox Lark Harbour, NFLD
Cape Norman Port Aux Choix, NFLD
Maritimes Cap Breton Shippegan, NB
Cape Spry Souris, PEI
Cap Nord Summerside, PEI
Quebec Cap d'Espoir Tadoussac, QC
Cap de Rabast Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC
Cap Rozier Rivière-au-Renard, Quebec
Cap Tourmente Quebec, QC
Cap Percé Mont-Joli, QC Prep work for operational status at new station at Kegaska, QC
Central and Arctic Cape Chaillon Thunder Bay, ON
Cape Commodore Tobermory, ON
Cape Discovery Goderich, ON
Cape Dundas Amherstburg, ON
Cape Hearne Kingston, ON
Cape Lambton Port Dover, ON
Cape Mercy Cobourg, ON
Cape Providence Burlington, ON Spare
Cape Storm Port Weller, ON
Thunder Cape Cobourg, ON
Pacific Cape Ann Tofino, BC
Cape Edensaw Powell River, BC
Cape Cockburn French Creek, BC
Cape Farewell Bella Bella, BC
Cape Kuper Ganges, BC
Cape McKay Bamfield, BC
Cape Mudge Sandspit, BC
Cape Sutil Port Hardy, BC
Cape Calvert Patricia Bay, BC Spare
Cape Caution Powell River, BC
Cape St-James Patricia Bay, BC Spare


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Motor Life Boat 47-Foot MLB". United States Coast Guard. 25 August 2010. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  2. ^ "New vessels ordered for Canadian Coast Guard". Marine Log. 2009-09-03. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Vessels, Aircraft and Hovercraft: CCGC Cape Sutil". Canadian Coast Guard. 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  4. ^ "CCG Cape Sutil". Canadian Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. 
  5. ^ "COAST GUARD MOTOR LIFEBOAT CCGC SUTIL CHRISTENED TODAY IN PORT HARDY, BC". Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 1 August 2000. Archived from the original on 19 October 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Motor Life Boat 47-Foot MLB: International Affairs (CG-DCO-I)". United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "CCG lifeboats". SARCentral. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. 

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