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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Matthew (CCGS)

Last Updated - 2/24/2005
Main Activities
Capacities & Workspaces
Range, Speed, Endurance
DP Equipment
CTD Specs
Coring Specs
Underwater Vehicles
Diving Capabilities
Engineering Design
Navigation & Communications
Acoustics & Profiling
Winches, Gantries & Cranes
Country: Canada

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: VOSR
Owner: Canadian Coast Guard
Operator: Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Bio)
Contact: Capt. Al Adams
Address: P.O.Box 1006
Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 4A2
Telephone: 902-426-3492
Fax: 902-426-8484
Year Built: 1990
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 50.3  m
  Breadth: 10.5  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1.6  m
  Max. draft: 4.3  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: hydrographic Survey
  Operating Area: the coastal waters of Eastern Canada from Northern Labrador to the Bay of Fundy
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 856.8  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 119  m3
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
7  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 5  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 80  m2
  Space for container lab: 8 x 20  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 4000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: 12  kts.
  Endurance: 20  days

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  Officers: 5
  Other crew: 8
  Scientists: 6
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Unknown
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Unknown
  CTD Type: Unknown
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Unknown
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Unknown
  CTD Rosette: Unknown

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Unknown
  Grab Sampler: Unknown
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Unknown
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Caterpillar 3508 - 8 cyl
Power (BHP) each engine:  at 1600rpm
Propeller Diameter:  1.7   m Max. RPM:   345
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 120 V
     kVA: 460
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  12/24V   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radar Loran SatNav Gyro DopLog, MF DF, VNF DF, Autopilot, Electronic charts.
  Communications Equipment: Fax SatCom, VHF: FM & AM, HF, WeatherFax
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Unknown
  GPS: 1 - Magnavox MX-300

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 30kHz
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: yes
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: Unknown  
    Steel Wire Length: Unknown  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Crane: Position: Stern

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Other:   Fitted as per requirement

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc.,Vancouver,Canada
  Classification Society: Lloyd's
  Others, Specify: CSI
OCEANIC - Ships Schedules & Information Pages
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225