Versatile Pacific Delivers Canadian Coast Guard Type '500' Search And Rescue Cutters

Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc., Victoria division, recently delivered two new Type "500" SAR cutters to the Canadian Coast Guard.

The vessels—CCGS Gordon Reid and John Jacobson—bear the names of two noted British Columbia native Indians, both of whom had strong ties to the maritime community.

Designed by Robert Allan Ltd., naval architects of Vancouver, B.C., specifically for service on the British Columbia coast, the 163.8-footlong by 36-foot-breadth "500s" have a primary function to conduct coastal search and rescue missions, and associated patrol duties to the 200 nautical mile offshore limit. Secondary functions include firefighting, resupply of light stations, pollution surveillance and personnel training.

The CCGS Gordon Reid and John Jacobson feature all welded steel hull and main superstructure, aluminum alloy wheelhouse and masts, and are constructed tQ ABS Class + Al/ACCU E for unrestricted ocean service.

Main engines are Deutz MWM Model SBV6M628, each rated 916 kw at 740 rpm turning four-bladed, twin-screw KaMeWa propellers.

The main engines are resiliently mounted with Vulkan flexible couplings.

The vessels are equipped with a significant foam/water off ship firefighting capability, provided from two pumps, each capable of delivering 600-tons/hour, driven off the front end of the two outboard main engines via flexible couplings and a step-up gearbox. Two primary monitors are mounted on a platform atop the funnels.

A primary feature of the SAR cutters is the stern ramp from which a 7-meter RIB fast rescue boat will be launched and recovered.

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