Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 12, 2008 09:30 ET

Fisheries and Oceans: Deployment of Vessel to Lower North Shor

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced improvements in the Canadian Coast Guard's search and rescue (SAR) capabilities through the deployment of a 47' vessel to the Lower North Shore of Quebec.

"This additional resource in the Lower North Shore of Quebec will enable the Coast Guard to continue to focus on what it does best, that is, provide valuable services to mariners in Canadian waters," said Minister Hearn. "This is something that residents have long asked for and it is something that this government is pleased to deliver."

The Coast Guard identified a need for increased SAR capabilities in the Lower North Shore of Quebec, as part of its SAR Needs Analysis. While the analysis is still ongoing, the deployment of a 47' vessel is a first step in increasing SAR capability in the area. The lifeboat CCGS Cap Perce will be deployed from the Coast Guard College in Sydney where it was used for training purposes. The CCG training needs at the College will be met through other existing small vessels.

The Coast Guard is currently determining the best location for this vessel and an announcement with additional details will be made soon.

The SAR Needs Analysis was an internal review conducted by CCG to evaluate Maritime SAR needs across Canada.

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

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    613-990-7537
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Joshua Zanin
    Special Assistant, Communications
    613-992-3474