ARF’s growing fleet of research vessels can be on the water as soon as the sea ice melts.

 
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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 provides ARF and its partners with 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 R/V Martin Bergmann, a repurposed Newfoundland fishing trawler, has established itself as an Arctic workhorse, acting as a 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, Nunavut, home of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. 

 

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R/V Martin Bergmann

Total Crew

Captain, first mate, two bridge watchmen and one cook who helps with science operations

SCIENCE BERTHS

Up to seven

Schedule

24-hour operations/two shifts

Draft

9 ft.

Length

64 ft.

Style

Converted East-coast fishing trawler

Hull Material

Fibreglass over wood

Emergency Equipment

Capable of carrying two support boats (18-ft. aluminum support craft and 16-ft. Zodiac)

Crane

HIAB 360 knuckleboom, 10,000 kg

A-Frame

Yes

Winch

Electric and hydraulic winches, space for additional upper-deck winches

EQUIPMENT DEPLOY

Bow- and side-submersible poles

Wetlab

Semi-enclosed runway and open rear deck

DRYLAB

144 sq. ft. interior lab, multipurpose capable, power and outlets run on separate dedicated 20-kW generator, benches, racking, four to five stations

RO water

Yes

Seawater

Drylab and deck

Space at Bow

Yes, 3 m long 

Space at Upper Deck

Yes

Multibeam

Ready for installation, side-pole mounted

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R/V Kitimat 2

Total Crew

Captain, first mate, two bridge watchmen and one cook who helps with science operations

SCIENCE BERTHS

Up to five

Schedule

24-hour operations/two shifts

Draft

6 ft.

Length

64 ft.

Style

Converted near-shore coastal patrol vessel

Hull Material

Fibreglass 

Emergency Equipment

Capable of carrying 14-ft. Zodiac

A-Frame

Yes, with davits on bow

Winch

Electric and hydraulic winches, space for additional upper-deck winches

EQUIPMENT DEPLOY

Bow- and side-submersible poles

Wetlab

Open rear-deck space

DRYLAB

100 sq. ft. interior lab, multipurpose space, power and outlets run on separate dedicated 14-kW generator, benches, racking, four to five stations

RO water

Yes

Seawater

Drylab and deck

Space at Bow

Yes, 5 m long

Space at Upper Deck

Yes

Multibeam

Installed

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R/V William Kennedy

Total Crew

Captain, first mate, two bridge watchmen, one cook and oceanographic tech.

SCIENCE BERTHS

Up to 14

Schedule

24-hour operations/two shifts

Draft

12 ft.

Length

66 ft.

Style

Converted offshore crab fishing vessel

Hull Material

Kevlar-reinforced fibreglass over wood

Emergency Equipment

Capable of carrying two support boats (18- and 24-ft. Zodiacs) three- to seven-man Ovatec life rafts

Crane

HIAB 360 knuckleboom, 20,000 kg

A-Frame

Yes, 10,000 kg

Winch

Electric and hydraulic winches, space for additional upper-deck winches

EQUIPMENT DEPLOY

A-frame and 32-ft. crane

Wetlab

Semi-enclosed runway and open rear deck

DRYLAB

450 sq. ft. interior lab, multipurpose capable, power and outlets run on separate dedicated 60 kW and/or 100 kW generator, benches, racking, up to 14 work stations

RO water

Yes

Seawater

Drylab and deck

Space at Bow

Yes, 9 m long

Space at Upper Deck

Yes

Multibeam

Installed


 
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R/V Jenny Pierre

Total Crew

Captain, first mate

SCIENCE BERTHS

Up to four

Schedule

12-hour operations

Draft

2 ft.

Length

40 ft.

Style

Converted PEI lobster boat

Hull Material

Fibreglass

Emergency Equipment

Capable of carrying 12-ft. Zodiac

A-Frame

Yes, with davit

Winch

Electric and hydraulic winches, space for additional upper-deck winches

EQUIPMENT DEPLOY

Bow- and side-submersible poles possible

Wetlab

Open deck space

DRYLAB

Multipurpose space, power and outlets run on separate dedicated generator

RO water

Yes

Seawater

Drylab and deck

Space at Bow

2 m long

Space at Upper Deck

No

Multibeam

Ready for installation