Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

April 12, 2007 14:00 ET

Canada's New Government Invests in Six New Coast Guard Vessels for Pacific Region

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2007) - Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced details of the six new vessels to be based in British Columbia as part of the Canadian Coast Guard's continued modernization of its fleet.

One state-of-the-art offshore fishery science vessel and five mid-shore patrol vessels will be built in Canada and stationed in the Pacific region beginning in December 2010.

"As a maritime nation, Canada must have a strong and effective Coast Guard," said Kamp. The ongoing commitment of Canada's New Government to funding a renewed fleet will ensure a stronger Coast Guard and a stronger Canada for years to come. These investments are good news for those who rely on Coast Guard services here on the West Coast and in all of Canada's waters."

The March 2007 federal budget identified $324 million for the purchase and maintenance of six new vessels for the fleet. This brings the government's total investments in Coast Guard to more than $750 million since February 2006, for a total of four new offshore vessels and 12 new mid-shore patrol vessels. Coast Guard already has plans under way to acquire an air cushion vehicle for its fleet.

The new mid-shore patrol vessels will be used for fisheries conservation and protection duties in the Pacific Region, and a new offshore fishery science vessel will be based in British Columbia.

"With this renewal, Coast Guard will have the multi-task vessels it needs to deliver a wide range of marine services in a changing environment," said Kamp.

With regional and fleet headquarters in Vancouver and Victoria, the Canadian Coast Guard's Pacific Region is responsible for more than 27,000 km of coastline, from British Columbia to the Yukon Territory. Its multi-tasked ships provide platforms for scientific research, fisheries enforcement, and environmental response, and they maintain some 2,000 navigational aids. The Coast Guard also supports its federal partners in ensuring security along Canada's maritime borders.

To access the following fact sheets, go to our web site at the address below.

Fact Sheets:

- Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel

- Offshore Fishery Science Vessel

- Mid-shore Patrol Vessel

- Air Cushion Vehicle

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Sophie Galarneau
    Manager, Media Relations
    613-990-7537
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Steve Outhouse
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3474
    or
    Canadian Coast Guard
    Dan Bate
    Communications Officer - Pacific Region
    604-775-8809