CCGS W. E. Ricker

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Name: W.E. Ricker
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Narasaki Senpakukogyo Limited, Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
Yard number: 372369
Commissioned: 1978
In service: 1978-present
Homeport: Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo B.C.
Identification: CG2965
Status: in active service, as of 2019
General characteristics
Type: Offshore Fishery Science Vessel
Displacement: 1,104.5 tonnes (1,217.503 short tons)
Length: 58 m (190 ft 3 in)
Beam: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
Draft: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Ice class: 100 A1
Propulsion: DieselAkasaka AH 40 - 6 cyl engine
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km)
Endurance: 50 days
Complement: 19

The CCGS W.E. Ricker is a Canadian Coast Guard offshore fisheries research vessel.[1] The vessel was built in 1978 by Narasaki Senpakukogyo Limited of Muroran Hokkaido, Japan. [2]. She previously sailed as the Callistratus.[1] The ship sails with seven officers and a crew of 12.

The vessel has served on joint scientific voyages with US scientists.[3] She is currently serving in the Pacific. Her home port is at the Pacific Biological Station Nanaimo B.C. On March 22, 2006, the W.E. Ricker was one of the ships that responded to the sinking of the BC Ferry Queen of the North in which 99 people were rescued, unfortunately 2 lives were lost.

It was named after the fisheries scientist, editor, taxonomist, and naturalist W.E. (Bill) Ricker.

She was built in 1978 [2]

In September 2009 the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced invitations for contracts to replace several of the Coast Guards research vessels, including the W.E. Ricker.[2] Her replacement will be larger, 67 metres in Length. She will be staffed by a crew of 25, and will be able to carry an additional staff of 18 scientists. She is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

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  1. "Registration". Transport Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel and Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel: Joint Solicitation of Interest and Qualifications". Canadian American Strategic Review. September 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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