Presentation at Mari-Tech 2019 in Ottawa, ON, Canada

April 25, 2019 | Theatre Hall 110 at 13:40-14:25

Join Donald MacPherson, Technical Director, HydroComp, Inc., and Rory Macdonald, President, Lengkeek Vessel Engineering to discuss the vitality and versatility of ice-capable vessel design.


Cold-climate ship operation is of significant and growing interest to the international maritime community and is particularly relevant to an Arctic-bordering country like Canada. One of the necessary support vessels for establishing a long-term operational presence in these waters is an ice-capable pilot boat. This presentation will highlight the various aspects of pilot boat design and construction that must be modified from conventional practice to support use in ice-laden waters. It will include discussion about both ship and propeller ice-strengthening, and provide operator feedback on expected and realized functional capabilities.


Pictured above is Taukamaim, a pocket icebreaker that punches well above her weight!

With the Arctic opening up to more shipping, Northern ports will see a requirement for marine support and service assets including small workboats. These boats will need to have the capability to operate in ice, and Taukamaim is a good example of such capability. While Taukamaim was designed as an icebreaking pilot boat, her hull and machinery serve as an excellent platform for multiple forms of icebreaking workboat such as:

  • Fisheries Patrol
  • Search and Rescue
  • Fire Boat
  • Police Boat
  • Hydrographic Survey
  • Support Vessel
  • Crew Boat
  • Light Tug

We welcome the opportunity to bring her capabilities to any Northern workboat project. Contact us to discuss your pilot boat needs!