The CCGS Amundsen is docked in Montréal this week for the International Polar Year 2012: From knowledge to action conference. Soon, it will move to a more permanent location for repairs.

Currently, for instance, the icebreaker has only four engines. To drive through thick ice, it needs six.

The repairs mean the icebreaker will be out of commission this summer. In the meantime, the ship that has carried hundreds of researchers to the Canadian Arctic to study everything from ocean currents to wildlife graces the new $50 polymer bill.