Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 23, 2009 11:40 ET

Local Economy is Being Strengthened by Major Repair Work Will Extend Service of Coast Guard Vessel

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work

LES MECHINS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2009) - Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that workers and businesses in the Gaspe area will benefit from major repairs to the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Tracy.

"The $6.8M contract for the refit of the CCGS Tracy has been awarded to Verreault Navigation Inc.," said Mr. Blaney. "This Government of Canada investment in the Canadian Coast Guard also supports the local shipbuilding industry."

This repair work is the first phase of a major life extension project for the CCGS Tracy. The Canadian Coast Guard expects that the repairs will ensure the vessel remains in service for the next ten years.

Based in Quebec City, the CCGS Tracy is one of the Coast Guard's medium-endurance multi-tasked vessels. Its primary duties include tending to aids to navigation, resupplying lighthouses, search and rescue operations and fisheries enforcement.

"This project, made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan, is creating jobs, benefiting local businesses and strengthening the economy in Les Mechins," said Mr. Blaney.

"Our Government is following through on its commitment to procure, repair and refit vessels in Canada," Mr. Blaney said. "We recognize that Canada's marine industry is a key economic driver and the lifeblood of many communities, from coast to coast to coast."

Of the $175 million announced for the Coast Guard in the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, $74 million will be invested in life extension projects for five of the Canadian Coast Guard's largest vessels. This work will be completed over the next two years.

At the recent Shipbuilding Forum, the Government of Canada renewed its commitment to building and maintaining an effective federal fleet of ships for maritime security and services. Over the next 30 years, a planned investment of $40 billion will fund more than 50 large vessels.

In making these investments, the Government will support a vibrant shipbuilding industry while also ensuring high standards of quality and value for taxpayers' money.

For more information on the CCGS Tracy, visit http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/Fleet/Vessels?id=1014. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER:

Canada's Economic Action Plan - Investing in Major Repair Work on Canadian Coast Guard Vessels (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2009/hq-ac26-eng.htm)

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    Media Relations
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