Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 12, 2009 13:43 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan - Workers in St. Thomas to Benefit From Investment in New Vessels

ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2009) - Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that Kanter Marine of St. Thomas, Ontario has been awarded a $360,000 contract for two new hydrographic survey launches for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is creating jobs and opportunities across the country," said Mr. Preston. "Our Government is pleased that this investment will benefit the shipbuilding industry and workers in St. Thomas."

The new hydrographic survey launches will be 8 metres in length. They will be delivered by March 2011, and will replace existing boats that are nearing the end of their service life. These hydrographic survey launches will be based in Nova Scotia and used to support the science programs of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

"These new boats will become platforms for DFO scientists to conduct research into the health of our oceans and the fish that inhabit them," said Mr. Preston. "Our Government recognizes the importance of the science that will protect the future of our precious marine resources, and is working to ensure scientists have the equipment necessary to do their jobs."

As part of the $175 million provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard will procure 60 new small vessels and undertake major repair work on 40 of its aging large vessels. A number of contracts have been awarded as a result of competitive processes, and work is underway in shipyards across the country.


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As part of the $175M announced for the Canadian Coast Guard in Budget 2009, the Government of Canada will procure 60 new small boats. The new small boats will enable the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to continue to provide vital on-water services to Canadians, such as servicing navigation aids; responding to search and rescues; supporting large ship operations; transporting technicians and support personnel; conducting hydrographic surveys; supporting science and fisheries research and conducting conservation and protection patrols.

These new small boats will replace existing ones and will either be assigned to large vessels or will operate from a Canadian Coast Guard base, search and rescue station or other facility across the country. The 60 small boats consist of Fast Rescue Craft, Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats and a variety of small work boats, barges and other craft. These boats are typically 5 to 11 metres in length and are designed for a variety of purposes from general utility to high speed response.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada will expedite these funding initiatives so that they may directly benefit local economies, creating jobs for Canadians and strengthening communities. Acquisition of the new small boats will begin in 2010 and is expected to be completed by March 2011.

Whether it is support to Canada's vital commercial fishing industry, maritime transportation and shipping, tourism or the country's millions of recreational boaters, the Canadian Coast Guard is there, ready to serve. More than 100 ships and hovercraft, 22 helicopters and numerous small boats are strategically positioned across this country providing services to Canadians. These ships, hovercraft, helicopters and small boats are critical to allow the professional and dedicated women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard to serve Canadians night and day.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Alain Belle-Isle
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay
    Press Secretary