Canadian Coast Guard Fleet in Quebec

CCGS Sipu Muin

CCGS Sipu Muin - Click to enlarge CCGS Sipu Muin
Source: Canadian Coast Guard

The CCGS Sipu Muin is a powerful, heavy hovercraft. She plays an essential role in flood control activities in Eastern Canada by breaking up ice-covered rivers and shores along the St. Lawrence River, where conventional icebreakers are unable to operate.

The craft is used as a buoytender in the Quebec Region, meaning that she can be called upon to lay, service and recover buoys. The CCGS Sipu Muin is equipped with a crane capable of lifting up to 4 500 kg. Her versatility and 23 000 kg payload enable her to transport any combination of cargo and passengers through areas that are not easily accessible.

Vehicles can be loaded directly on deck by a bow ramp, making the CCGS Sipu Muin particularly useful in pollution clean-up operations, since the craft is also completely amphibious. In addition, she is regularly assigned to search and rescue operations and navigational aids construction and maintenance operations.

Although the CCGS Sipu Muin is used primarily between Montréal and Trois Rivières, she can be deployed rapidly to any area under Coast Guard jurisdiction, like other Coast Guard units. Her home port is Trois Rivières.

Characteristics

Type
Air cushion vehicule
Length
28,5 m
Breadth
12 m
Power
2 818 kW
Maximum speed
50 knots
Cruising speed
45 knots
Maximum weight
70 tm
Crew
8
Builders
Westland Aerospace, England and
Hike Metal Products Ltd, Ont.
Year built
1998