Ontario Explorer / Huron Explorer

These vessels were built by Hike Metal Products in Wheatly Ontario Canada, and christened in Kingston, Ontario in November of 2010.  The Ontario Explorer is based on Lake Ontario, and the Huron Explorer is based on Lake Huron.

These vessels are equipped to gillnet, trawl, stock fish, and conduct hydro-acoustic surveys and other scientific research on the Great Lakes.


LOA: 19.79 metres
Beam: 6.487 metres
Depth: 1.802 metres
GRT: 111.74
Vessel Type: Research Vessel
Complement: 4 crew
Classification:  Inland Waters Class I
Main Engines: C12 3196, 1 x340 BHP @1800RPM
Cruise Speed: 8 knots
Max Speed: 10 knots
Fuel Capacity: 5286 litres
Water Capacity: 1596 litres

Department Of Fisheries and Oceans

Shipyard: Hike Metal Products

Machinery and Auxiliary Systems

CAT C12 main engine, 340 BHP @1800RPM.


One Hiab 60 Sea Crane, 58kNm capacity, with standard post and a hydraulic reach of 6.5m.  The crane is situated on the aft deck on centerline.


The vessel has an all welded steel hull.

Design Drawings



Ontario Explorer

Huron Explorer