RV Novus in Meteghan, Nova Scotia

DFO Awards $2.9M Contract Extension to RV Novus

January 20, 2022 (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) - LeeWay Marine is pleased to share that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has granted a one year, $2.9M contract extension for RV Novus. The contract extension will enable RV Novus to continue to support critical habitat research in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (GoS) this summer, using her state-of-the-art Kongsberg EK80 transducers. Additionally, RV Novus will enable the Canadian Hydrographic Service to collect high resolution bathymetric data with her hull-mounted Kongsberg 2040-04 Multibeam Sonar, in the GoS.

“The award of this contract extension for RV Novus speaks to the outstanding capabilities of the platform, as well as the hard work put in by our team over the last two years,” said Jamie Sangster, CEO. “Small-water-plane-area twin hull (SWATH) vessels are extremely unique in design and there’s no doubt in my mind that RV Novus is the most stable near-to-mid shore survey vessel in Canada, if not North America. We are thrilled to continue our work supporting our partners with their critical research needs this summer.”

RV Novus is currently undergoing an end-of-season refit at A.F. Theriault & Sons Ltd. in Meteghan, Nova Scotia, to install equipment that will enable the vessel to conduct additional science work. The vessel is expected to begin seasonal operations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in May and is available for charter until that time.

About RV Novus

RV Novus is permanently fitted with the latest in science and survey equipment, including:

  • Hull-mounted Kongsberg 2040-04 Multibeam Sonar
  • Hull-mounted EK80 Echo Sounder
  • POS MV OceanMaster
  • AML Sound Velocity Profiler
  • Dual Furuno ECDIS
  • 1 tonne Amco Veba knuckle crane 


Top Speed: 16 knots

Cruise Speed: 10 knots

Survey Speed: 0-10 knots

Length: 23 m

Depth: 3 m

Beam: 13 m

Construction: Aluminum

POB (w/o crew): 6 during day ops, 4 during 24-hour ops

Berths: 8 

About LeeWay Marine

LeeWay Marine is a vessel owner/operator based at COVE (The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship) in Dartmouth, NS. Their range of vessels support geophysical and geotechnical surveys, offshore oil and gas, ocean technology development, physical oceanography and naval defence training. For more information, please visit www.leewaymarine.ca. Find LeeWay on Facebook and Twitter @leewaymarine, and on LinkedIn. 

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