Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 05, 2009 10:14 ET

Harper Government Invests in Canadian Coast Guard Ships

Major Renewal Project Will Extend Service of Coast Guard Vessels and Create Jobs

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - The Harper Government is strengthening Canada's Coast Guard fleet with a major investment to extend the service of 40 Coast Guard vessels, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announced today.

"This investment will enhance the vital life-saving mandate of the Canadian Coast Guard," said Minister Shea. "In addition to improving the Coast Guard's ability to protect Canadians, this investment will benefit shipyards and create jobs across Canada."

The Government of Canada will invest $74 million for life extension projects for five of the Canadian Coast Guard's largest vessels and an additional $38 million for major repair work on 35 other large vessels. This two-year $112 million investment is provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP).

The major repair work will improve the availability and reliability of Coast Guard vessels in delivering programs and supporting activities of other Government of Canada departments. All major repair work and vessel life extensions announced in the EAP are expected to be completed by March 2011.

The $112 million funding announced today is part of the Government of Canada's overall EAP investment of $175 million in the Canadian Coast Guard.

For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca


CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

INVESTING IN MAJOR REPAIR WORK ON CANADIAN COAST GUARD VESSELS

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing $112M over two years in the Canadian Coast Guard to undertake major repair work on 40 of its aging large vessels.

On Vessel Life Extensions

The Government of Canada will invest $74 million for life extension projects for five of the Canadian Coast Guard's largest vessels over the next two years.

Vessel life extensions will allow the CCG to maintain its present capacity, while increasing the reliability and availability of these vessels. The work will be undertaken on the CCGS Bartlett stationed in Victoria, (British Columbia), the CCGS Tracy stationed in Quebec City, (Quebec), the CCGS Limnos stationed in Burlington, (Ontario), the CCGS Tanu stationed in Victoria, (British Columbia); and the CCGS Cape Roger stationed in St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador).

These intermediate sized vessels are highly utilized for multiple purposes, they are considered as some of the work horses of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.

On Vessel Refits

The Government of Canada will supplement the Canadian Coast Guard's annual budget for repair work with $38M over two years.

Vessels will undergo general repair, refit, maintenance and updating obsolete systems. Of the 35 vessels scheduled to undergo major repair work, six are stationed in the Pacific region, six in the Central and Arctic region, seven in the Quebec region, six in the Maritimes region, and ten in Newfoundland and Labrador. This work will improve the reliability of the vessels to deliver CCG services and programs as well as the on-water needs of other Government of Canada departments.

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