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The R/V William Kennedy is Canada’s first research vessel dedicated exclusively to historic Hudson Bay - a landmark for scientific research in Canada’s North.

Draft

12 ft.

Length

66 ft.

Science Berths

Up to 14

Schedule

24-hour operations/two shifts

Winch

Electric and hydraulic winches, space for additional upper-deck winches

Equipment Deploy

A-frame and 32-ft. crane

RO Water

Yes

Style

Converted offshore crab fishing vessel

Hull Material

Kevlar-reinforced fiberglass over wood

Seawater

Dry-lab and deck

Space at Bow

Yes, 9 m long

Multibeam

Installed

A-Frame

Yes, 10,000 lbs

Operated by the Arctic Research Foundation in partnership with the University of Manitoba and the Churchill Marine Observatory, a multidisciplinary research facility located in Churchill, Manitoba, the William Kennedy will explore some of the most understudied regions of the Arctic.

Grappling with the effects of rapidly warming climate in the Arctic, scientists are struggling to achieve baseline data to measure the impacts of climate change and to inform future predictions. The William Kennedy will bring together researchers and scientists, including oceanographers, geneticists and biologists, and work collaboratively with local communities to help in establishing these baselines.

Converted from an offshore crab fishing vessel, the William Kennedy has been retrofitted to handle extreme Arctic weather and ice conditions. The ship’s shallow draft, measuring just 12 feet, allows for critical research to be done in much shallower and near shore waters than traditional Arctic research vessels. The ship, which measures 66 feet in length, is equipped with both an interior drylab and wetlab and can accommodate up to 14 people beyond the crew.