Polar 8 Icebreaker

Art of a Polar-8 icebreaker at sea.

The Polar 8 Icebreakers are a class of eight icebreakers in service in the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy from 1993 onwards. The were developed throughout the mid-1980s and work began on them in 1988 after funds were authorized for six Polar 8-class icebreakers. In 2009, work began on a further two icebreakers for the RCN. The two ships, HMCS Rankin Inlet and HMCS Frobisher Bay, entered service in 2014 and 2015.


  • Type: Icebreaker
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 575 feet (175.26 meters)
    • Beam: 115 feet (35.06 meters)
    • Draft: 37 feet (11 meters)
    • Displacement: 45,000 tons
  • Crew: 138
  • Power: 105,000 shp
  • Propulsion: 2 x RTA96-C diesel engines
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers)
  • Speed: 18.5 Knots (34.27 Kilometers/Hour; 21.29 Miles/Hour)
  • Senor Suite:
  • Aviation Facilities: Hangar for two large helicopters, and flight deck
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Agusta-Westland CH-149 Cormorant maritime helicopters

Unit RunEdit

Canadian Coast GuardEdit

  • CCGS Pierre Trudeau
  • CCGS Robert Stanfield
  • CCGS John Edward Broadbent
  • CCGS Roald Amundsen
  • CCGS John G. Diefenbaker
  • CCGS Terry Fox

Royal Canadian NavyEdit

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