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Terry Fox-class Icebreaker

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The Terry Fox-class Icebreakers are a pair of icebreakers in service in the Canadian Coast Guard from 1992 onwards.

Named after the late cancer research activist Terry Fox, the vessel was built in 1983 as MV Terry Fox by Burrard Yarrows Corporation in Vancouver, British Columbia. Terry Fox, along with her sister ship CCGS William Foster supported Gulf Oil's operations in the Beaufort Sea during the 1980s. Not limited to escorting tankers through ice, these multipurpose ships were designed to act as heavy tugs and supply vessels to support offshore oil rig platforms in a hostile environment.


  • Type: Icebreaker
  • Service Period: 1992-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 288 feet 9 inches (88.01 meters)
    • Beam: 58 feet 5 inches (17.81 meters)
    • Draft: 27 feet 3 inches ( 8.31 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,670 tons
  • Crew: 24
  • Endurance: 58 days
  • Ice Class: Class 4
  • Installed Power: 4 x Stork-Werkspoor 8TM410; 17,300 kW (23,200 hp) (combined
  • Propulsion: Two shafts, controllable pitch propellers
  • Range: 1,920 nautical miles (3,556 kilometers)
  • Speed: 15.5 knots (28.71 km/h)
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x MBB Bo 105 helicopter

Unit Run[edit]

  • CCGS Terry Fox - former MV Terry Fox
  • CCGS William Foster - former MV Arctic Kalvik
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