Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 02, 2005 16:23 ET

Government Of Canada To Provide Support To Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 2, 2005) - Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Canadian Coast Guard will send resources and personnel as part of the Government of Canada response to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans.

"The Canadian Coast Guard will provide support to the Canadian Navy and the overall hurricane relief efforts," said Minister Regan. "A Coast Guard vessel as well as its personnel will be valuable assets to the coordinated relief operations. I am very pleased that our offer of assistance has been accepted by the U.S."

CCGS SIR WILLIAM ALEXANDER will sail on Tuesday for the Louisiana coast along with the Canadian Navy vessels, HMCS ATHABASKAN, HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC and HMCS TORONTO. The Coast Guard vessel will support the Canadian Navy in the amphibious rescue operations and will be under the command of the Naval Task Force Commander. The ALEXANDER will carry equipment such as pumps, generators and medical supplies for the Navy. In addition, the vessel carries 2 fast response craft, a helicopter and other vessels.

"The United States Coast Guard has expressed their appreciation of our contribution to the relief efforts. The partnership between the US and Canadian Coast Guards has a long history and this is a prime example of how well these two agencies work together," added Minister Regan.

CCGS SIR WILLIAM ALEXANDER, based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is an 83-metre vessel, that will assist in heavy lift operations that are needed in the relief efforts. It will carry a crew of approximately 30 mariners.

More information on the Canadian Coast Guard can be found at www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca.

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

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Brian Underhill
    Director of Communications, Office of the Minister
    (613) 992-3474