CFAV STELLA MARIE
Haro Class Naval Tug - Large
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is pleased to announce the names of the four Naval Large Tugs, which are being built by Ocean Industries Inc. of Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Haro, Barkerville, Canso, and Stella Maris will provide important support to enable warship movements and provide fire protection for the RCNís Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.
The steel cutting for the first tug began in September 2020, with formal construction following in November 2020. The first two tugs are expected to be launched in Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, in April 2022 and June 2022, respectively, with first deliveries expected by the fall of 2022.
The first two tugs (Haro and Barkerville) are scheduled to be delivered by sealift to the RCNís Maritime Forces Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia, in 2022. The other two (Canso and Stella Maris) will sail to Maritime Forces Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2023 and 2024.
Haro-class specifications are as follows: LOA: 24.4m // Breadth: 11.25m // Draft: 5.10m // Bollard pull: 60 tonnes // Speed: 12 knots // Complement: 6 - crewed to Transport Canada standards and will have accommodations, heads and wash places for a mixed-gender crew of up to six. // Capable of in-harbour and near coastal operations // Azimuth stern drive
Stella Maris - This name was selected in recognition of the valiant actions of the crew of the tug that came to the assistance of the French munitions ship, SS Mont-Blanc on December 6, 1917, in Halifax Harbour. The tug crew tried to fight a fire on board Mont-Blanc, and recognizing that they had insufficient water to quench the fire, selflessly attempted to tow the burning vessel away from shore. The tug was severely damaged and 19 personnel on board perished when Mont-Blanc then erupted in the disaster known as the Halifax Explosion.