Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 04, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in New Inshore Science Vessels

Canada's Economic Action Plan at Work

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced today that Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia will design the Canadian Coast Guard's three new inshore science vessels. The $650,000 contract was awarded as part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"I am pleased to see this important project moving forward," said Minister Shea. "These new vessels will give our researchers and scientists the tools they need to conduct critical research in our inshore waters, while stimulating the local economy during these uncertain times."

The acquisition of the three new inshore science vessels is expected to be completed by March 2011. Two 18 metre inshore science vessels will be home ported in Mont-Joli, Quebec and in Shippagan, New Brunswick and the third science vessel, which will be 24 metres in length, will be home ported in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick.

In addition to fulfilling its primary commitment to marine safety and environmental response, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) plays an indispensable role in fulfilling the mandate of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Hydrographic, oceanographic, and scientific research are performed aboard vessel platforms. CCG's ability to host scientists makes it all possible.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing $175 million in the CCG to procure 68 new small vessels and 30 environmental barges, and to undertake major repair work on 40 of its aging large vessels.


Backgrounder:

Budget 2009 - Inshore Fisheries Science Vessels: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/budget2009d-eng.htm

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

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Scott Cantin
    Media Relations
    613-993-5413
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Nancy Bishay - Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    613-992-3474