Technical Characteristics

The CCGS Amundsen is an efficient, versatile, and cost-effective vessel to conduct scientific research of international calibre in the Canadian Arctic. It can travel 15 000 nautical miles at cruising speed of 14 knots without calling port due to its high autonomy at sea and through the ice. Furthermore, the CCGS Amundsen can sail at 3 knots in more than 1-metre-thick ice thanks to its electric diesel engines and the adjusted shape of the hull.

The following list details further its technical characteristics.


Homeport Québec City
Flag Canada
Year Built 1979
Retrofit / Re-engineering for Science 2002-2003
Ice Class Arctic Class 3
Operator Canadian Coast Guard

General Characteristics

Tonnage GT and DWT (t) 5 911
Length / Breadth (Beam) / Draft 98.3 / 19.5 / 7.16
Engine details / propulsion (hp) 6 diesel electric generators 2 950 hp
Installed Power (kW) 11 155
Shaft Horsepower (hp) 13 960 (15 000 with overload)
Cruise range (knt) 14
Maximum speed (knt) 16.5
Minimum speed (knt) 3 (in 1m thick ice)


Canadian Coast Guard Crew 30-40
Science Berths 40

Positioning and Communication Systems

Dynamic Position System Yes
Internal Communication Network Yes
Internet Access Yes

Technical Characteristics

Helideck / Hangar Yes
Moon Pool Yes
Deck Cranes 4
Hydraulic A-Fram 2
Scientific Winches 6
Acoustic Well Yes
Seawater Lines 2
Freshwater Lines In all laboratories. Local production.

Additional Transportation Options

Helicopter Bell 429
Launch Areas 3
Zodiac (1 Miranda Davit-fast launch) 2
Barge 1
Emergency Boats 2 * 40 passengers
Skippy boat 1
Ice Nacelle (Pod) 1