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Gross tonnage: 327.91 tons
Net tonnage: 103.82 tons
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Fuel Capacity: 34.5 tonnes
Accomodation: 15 persons
Crew: 9 persons
Length: 33.62 m
Breadth: 8.53 m
Draft: 2.13 m

The Motor Vessel Namao requires a crew of nine, including a Captain, Chief Officer, Chief and Second Engineers, Boatswain, Deckhands (3), and most importantly, a cook. Click here to meet the crew of the M.V. Namao.


The MV Namao - A Brief History
The CCGS Namao became the Motor Vessel (MV) Namao in 2005, and is now owned and operated solely by the LWRC.

2005 Ownership of the vessel was transferred from the DFO/CCG to the LWRC.

2002 to 2004 The CCGS Namao was used by the LWRC to conduct lake-wide research on Lake Winnipeg.

2002 The LWRC signed a three-year agreement with CCG to operate the vessel on a cost-recovery basis for research purposes on Lake Winnipeg.

2001 The LWRC received funds from the Canada/Manitoba Economic Development Partnership Agreement to carry out maintenance of the vessel as required by Transport Canada.

2000 The Town of Gimli agreed to provide a permanent berth for the CCGS Namao in Gimli Harbour.

1999 The LWRC and CCG agreed to operate the vessel on a cost-recovery basis. In August, a complete research survey of Lake Winnipeg was completed. In September, the CCG notified the LWRC that a new home other than the CCG base in Selkirk would need to be found for the ship.

1998 The Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC) was formed, and requested permission from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to use the CCGS Namao for research purposes.

1997 The Aids to Navigation Program was privatized and the CCGS Namao was put up for disposal through Crown Assets.

1994, 1996 The CCGS Namao was used briefly by the Geological Survey of Canada for research on the geological history of Lake Winnipeg, proving her value as a research vessel.

1975 to 1997 Based out of Selkirk, the CCGS Namao deployed and recovered navigation buoys. She also assisted vessels in distress a number of times during her career.

1975 The CCGS Namao was built in Riverton, Manitoba by Riverton Boat Works to serve as a Class 900 buoy tender for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).

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