Canada's Arctic infrastructure is limited. So we built our own.

 
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Vessels

With home ports in Canada’s Arctic, ARF’s growing fleet of research vessels can be on the water as soon as the sea ice melts. This allows ARF and its partners to take full advantage of the Arctic’s short navigable season each summer to complete marine research and other time-sensitive projects, including environmental monitoring missions. 

The vessels are maintained and operated by ARF and crewed by members of the Royal Canadian Navy. The unique partnership  offers ARF and its partners a highly capable and professional crew, while also serving to build the navy's capacity in Arctic operations and enhance Canadian sovereignty.

In just a few short years, the RV Martin Bergmann, a repurposed Newfoundland fishing trawler, has established itself as an Arctic workhorse, acting as platform for scientific research, archeological exploration and mapping waterways. Emblazoned with ARF's iconic polar bear logo, the Bergmann has been proudly embraced as a symbol of science and discovery in its home port of Cambridge Bay, NV., home of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. 

 

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RV Martin Bergmann

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Kitimat II

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White Diamond

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Labs

ARF's mobile science labs and art studios are an innovative  solution to the Arctic’s current dearth of infrastructure. They’re also a powerful example of how ARF’s flexible, low-cost approach can have an outsized impact above the Arctic Circle. 

Built out of sea containers, the labs are heated, insulated and equipped with toilets, water purifiers and satellite communication links. The labs are also capable of plugging into existing power networks or running completely off the grid, drawing electricity through environmentally friendly solar panels or wind turbines.

Best of all, they can be moved wherever they’re needed—from remote Arctic research sites to bustling tourist areas. 

 

“Mobile labs give you a huge bang for buck, covering areas where icebreakers can't go.”

Eddy Carack |  Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Fisheries and Oceans CAnada

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