Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson—Refitting Delays


Delays in completing the refit of the CCGS Hudson will impact its planned science work. Scheduled science programming aboard the vessel is expected to be delayed, rescheduled, or canceled. The Canadian Coast guard has mitigation measures in place.


Questions related to the capability/state of equipment of the Canadian Coast Guard should be referred to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

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A $10-million refit contract was awarded on February 13, 2019, to St. John's Dockyard Ltd. in Newfoundland for a dry-docking refit of the CCGS Hudson. The refit work started February 25, 2019 and was expected to take six months to complete. During work on interior spaces of the ship, workers from the shipyard encountered paint containing lead resulting in a delay to the project. The Coast Guard and the shipyard were able to mitigate this by allocating additional resources and rescheduling some work.

Following this discovery of new work, unexpected asbestos abatement, and long lead times to acquire critical parts during its refit caused further delays. The Canadian coast guard (CCG) was informed November 27, 2019 by the shipyard that the delivery date will not be met. The vessel is now expected to return to service in mid-to-late 2020.

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