Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 12, 2009 13:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan-Minister Shea Announces New Small Boats for Canadian Coast Guard

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2009) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced the award of a contract totaling $5 million to Zodiac Hurricane Technologies Inc., to build 25 Model 753 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).

"Our Government recognizes the marine industry as a key economic driver in communities from Vancouver Island to St. John's," said Minister Shea. "Building these small craft in Canada demonstrates our Government's commitment to providing the Coast Guard with the vessels it needs to maintain the security of our coasts and waterways."

"Congratulations to Zodiac Hurricane Technologies on their successful bid for this important contract" said John Cummins, Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East. "I'm confident that these new boats will help to support the important operations of Canada's Coast Guard for years to come."

Federal departments are consulting with Canada's shipbuilding companies to develop a long-term sustainable shipbuilding strategy that will benefit Canadians and their marine industry, while giving the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard the modern vessels they need to operate in the 21st century.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP), $3.3 million is being provided to build the 753 RHIBs. Another $1.7 million is being provided to build 8 additional vessels under CCG's Small Craft Acquisition Program. Preliminary work to construct these boats has already begun and all 25 boats will be ready for service by April 2010. These investments are all components of the $175 million in CCG projects funded through EAP.

The new 753 RHIBs are required as part of the life saving craft on larger vessels in the CCG fleet. These small, high-speed rescue boats perform well in shallow waters and in difficult weather conditions, making them ideal for near-shore search and rescue missions. They will replace existing craft nearing the end of their life expectancy. The boats will be used on ships in each of Canada's oceans, benefiting Canadians across the country.

EAP contracts to build the remainder of the 60 small crafts will be awarded over the next two years for the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries Management and Science.

The contracts awarded to build these marine crafts are a result of a competitive process. These investments show the Government supports the CCG by ensuring it has the equipment it needs to carry out its functions, while also ensuring high standards of quality and value for taxpayers' money.


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