Thanks to the generous support of our partners, GEERG now operates a small fleet of boats that have greatly expanded the range and scope of our research activities in the St. Lawrence Estuary. Special thanks go to Verreault Navigation (Les Méchins, QC), Bombardier Recreational Products (Valcourt, QC), Evinrude (Sturtevant, WI), Groupe Bourret (Drummondville, QC), SeaBright Marine (Seabright, NS), Kimpex Marine (Drummondville, QC), and Drummondville Marine (Drummondville, QC).


Our vessels are certified by Transport Canada and they are fully insured by Osborn & Lange Inc for commercial operations. However, GEERG is not permitted to conduct charter trips for sport divers.


Our flagship Skalugsuak is operated by GEERG director Jeffrey Gallant (Master Limited 60GT, MED A1)




The Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG) acquired the Skalugsuak thanks to a generous donation by Verreault Navigation.


The R/V Skalugsuak – Inuit name of the Greenland shark – was modernised and adapted to GEERG’s requirements at the Verreault Navigation shipyard. Engine repowering of the vessel is currently underway thanks to our longtime partners, BRP and Evinrude. The official launch of the Skalugsuak is expected to take place in June 2015.


The acquisition of the Skalugsuak will greatly reduce expenditures related to fieldwork and lodging since the crew will be able to sleep in the cabin and fill SCUBA tanks from an onboard compressor donated by the Eden Conservation Trust and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.


Thanks to this boat, GEERG scientists will undertake their most important study of the Greenland shark to date.


Vessel name: SKALUGSUAK

Captain: Jeffrey Gallant (Master Limited 60GT, MED A1, SVOP, MED A3, CROM)


Official number (Transport Canada): 835721

Port of registry: Quebec (2011)

Type of vessel : Special (Science)

Gross tonnage: 9.41

Length: 9.84 m; Breadth: 3.58 m; Depth: 1.67 m

Brake power: 2 X 300 HP (Evinrude, E-TEC G2), Outboard, Gas

Maximum crew and passengers: 12 (or 6 fully equipped divers)

Build and last refit: 1983 (Adams Boatbuilding, Madison, Indiana), 2013 (Verreault Navigation, Les Méchins, Quebec)

Offset-load test (ISO 12217-1), 2012: Category C - Waves (2 m), Beaufort (6), Wind (33 kt)

Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Scientific Licence: QUE07-2013

Insurance (2012-2013): Osborn & Lange Inc.








Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG)

Quebec Shark Observatory (QSO)

Administration: Drummondville, QC

R/V Skalugsuak: Club nautique de Baie-Comeau

Email: info@geerg.ca



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Revenu Québec: 834462913RR0001

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