The Project Management Office for the Protecteur Class participated in a successful in-water Factory Acceptance Test for the first of four Sea-to-Shore Connector systems. Constructed by Navamar in Montreal, these systems will give the future Protecteur Class an container landing capability.
The trial demonstrated compliance with key requirements such as top speed under load, turning radius, and assembly timings in a real-world environment.
The Sea-to-Shore Connectors will be able to carry 50 tonnes of cargo at a speed of 5 knots in sheltered harbors where the ship cannot come alongside. Its beaching capabilities, with roll-on/roll-off ramp will provide the RCN a high degree of flexibility in supporting humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and/or joint operations ashore. The modular pontoon barges are assembled in the water with the flexibility to load anything from vehicles to sea containers of supplies, and subsequently shuttle these to shore.
Once the system components have been blasted and painted according to RCN ship color schemes, the system will be delivered to Esquimalt early in the new year, followed by Initial Cadre Training, and Acceptance Trials in the spring.