Versatile Pacific Delivers $80-Million Icebreaker 'Henry Larsen'

The Canadian Coast Guard recently took delivery of the Can$97- million (about $80-million) icebreaker Henry Larsen, the largest of 12 icebreakers built so far by Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc. of North Vancouver.

The Henry Larsen has dimensions of about 327.5 feet overall length and 64.6 feet beam with a displacement of 8,290 tons at 23.7 feet draft. The vessel can accommodate a crew of 72, has a cruising range of 15,000 nautical miles, a cruising speed of 15.5 knots, and a total shaft horsepower of 12,000 kw through two propellers.

Versatile Pacific is currently completing the definitive design of the proposed Can$347-million (about $284.5-million) Polar 8 icebreaker, which will be one of the largest icebreakers ever constructed.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Sep 1988 John J. Kelly

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