Fuel Cell Technology to be Investigated for Canadian Coast Guard Ships

01 Oct 2012

Canadian Coast Guard ship

The Canadian federal government has launched a tender for the design of ships using hydrogen fuel cell technology for the Coast Guard.

Four ageing coast guard ships must be replaced. The three new ships would conduct fishing surveys and collect information on marine species, among other tasks, with two stationed on the Atlantic coast and the third in the Pacific. They are part of a (CAD) $33 billion national shipbuilding programme announced last year.

According to the tender, the government plans to spend $332,000 to investigate the feasibility of integrating fuel cell technology into the new ships, which are to be constructed at the Seaspan Marine Corp. shipyard in Vancouver. The tender closed last week and indications are it will be awarded to Ontario-based Alion Science and Technology Canada.

Construction of the ships is expected to begin in 2013.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Image: CCGS Leonard J. Cowley (photo: D. Gordon E. Robertson)

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