As part of its fleet, the Canadian Coast Guard operates five survey vessels out of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in support of BIO research programs. These ships are equipped with winches, cranes, A-frames and other gear for over-the-side work. Each vessel has versatile laboratory space that is typically re-outfitted for each mission. Depending on the size of the ship, the geographical area to be studied, and the scientific goals, research cruises may last from a day to several weeks.
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