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As part of the $175M announced for the Canadian Coast Guard in Budget 2009, the Government of Canada will undertake major repair work on the Coast Guard’s 35 large vessels over and above what has already been planned and budgeted.
As Canadians’ civilian fleet, Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) ships operate on Canada’s three oceans and on the Great Lakes, serving Canadians. Canadian Coast Guard fleet services include: aids to navigation, icebreaking; flood control; search and rescue; maritime security; environmental response and maritime communications and traffic services. The fleet also supports: the Department of Fisheries and Oceans science activities and the management and protection of fisheries resources and non-military activities of other Government departments and agencies. When asked to, the CCG fleet also responds to federal maritime priorities and natural or man-made emergencies, such as support to the SwissAir disaster.
The repair work will consist of general repair, refit, maintenance and updating obsolete systems on board 35 of CCG’s largest vessels. Of the 35 vessels scheduled to undergo major repair work, seven are stationed in the Pacific region, five in the Central and Arctic region, seven in the Quebec region, seven in the Maritimes region, and nine 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 departments.
While contracts have not yet been awarded, work will be conducted in Canada and will be completed by March 2011.
Whether it is support to Canada’s vital commercial fishing industry, maritime transportation and shipping, tourism or the country’s millions of recreational boaters, the Canadian Coast Guard is there, ready to serve. More than 100 ships and hovercraft, 22 helicopters and numerous small boats are strategically positioned across this country providing services to Canadians. These ships, hovercraft, helicopters and small boats are critical to allow the professional and dedicated women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard to serve Canadians night and day.