Canadian Coast Guard
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is making a significant upgrade to its small boat fleet following an order placed for 25 rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) from Zodiac Hurricane Technologies. The order is valued at $5m and represents a major commitment by the Coast Guard towards maintaining the quality and effectiveness of its equipment. The Zodiac Hurricane Model 753 boats will be manufactured at the company’s factory at Delta, British Columbia and will be used by the Coast Guard for both shore based and shipboard search and rescue work. The new 26.2 ft Zodiacs have been chosen to replace earlier models that, in some cases, have been in service with the Canadian Coastguard for up to 17 years. In that time the boat has established a reputation for dependable seaworthiness by demonstrating an ability to work in 16.5 ft swells and, being powered by two 175 horse power outboards, the Zodiac 753 RIB has the ability to reach speeds up to 48 knots. The CCG operates its rescue boats with a crew of three which gives them the capacity to carry up to nine survivors. Zodiac Hurricane Technologies enjoys a close relationship with the Canadian Coast Guard and has worked with it to develop a specification that meets its needs. The 753 model is a Transport Canada, IMO SOLAS approved rescue boat. By refining the specifications of the new boats, Zodiac has been able to supply new RIBS that provide the rugged seaworthiness and features that the CCG has become used-to.
The Canadian Coast Guard heavy icebreaker, Louis St. Laurent, will spend the next several weeks at the Halifax Shipyard undergoing refit before launching its summer program. Coast guard spokesman David Jennings said the icebreaker is in drydock for a routine inspection, which is required by the Transport Canada’s Marine Safety branch. The $2-million project will include steel work on its interior and bulkheads, work on its steering gear and removal and mandatory inspection of the rudder.
The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel, seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, starting Thursday, Jan. 3. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers work together to prevent ice jams in these vital economic waterways as conditions worsen throughout the winter.
With the help of a small Canadian technology company, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has installed the first fully lit marine navigation system in the world. Carmanah Technologies Inc. of Victoria, B.C., has invented a small, powerful, lightweight - and, most importantly, inexpensive - solar-powered marine light that completes the CCG’s quest to build a low-cost lighted navigation buoy that runs for five years with no maintenance.
Southern St. Clair County residents and tourists traveling to Canada may have to go the long way around - through Port Huron and over the Blue Water Bridge - to get to Ontario and back. The Bluewater International Ferry, which is located just east of state highway M-29, provides the fastest, most convenient rout to Canada, but, due to high marine service fees, ferry management is threatening to close for the winter.
ABCO Industries Limited recently launched a 60-ft Science Research Vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard. The vessel is currently undergoing trials and will be operating out of St. Andrews, NB on delivery.
STX Canada Marine Awarded Contract to Design the Canadian Coast Guard’s New Polar Icebreaker. STX Canada Marine is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the contract to design the new polar icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced today the award on behalf of the Government of Canada. The work will be carried out at STX Canada Marine’s Vancouver office and be completed by the end of 2013.
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian coast guard, State of Alaska and other state and provincial government agencies are scheduled to participate in a combined oil spill and wildlife protection training and exercise in Ketchikan from September 24-27. The training will focus on response efforts in the Dixon Entrance area. The weeklong event will combine oil spill response training and wildlife protection and cleaning as it relates to an international oil spill scenario
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is an initiative of the Canadian Government to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards won the right to bid on the non-combat vessels under this strategy, and as such is proceeding with a $200 million Shipyard Modernization Program to support execution. As a part of modernization project, Seaspan selected PEMA welding automation equipment for their panel production.
Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Halifax, Canada reported a MAYDAY F/V Atlantic Pride to the USCG Atlantic Area Command Center. The six-person crew reported they were sinking, and were donning survival suits in preparation for abandoning ship. A British VC-10 aircraft was diverted along with an Air Station (AIRSTA) Elizabeth City C-130 aircraft. The VC-10 located a strobe light but no sign of survivors. Several vessels were diverted, including a Canadian Coast Guard vessel
The Mexican Navy contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the design and material package of a Damen Stan Patrol 4207, including technical assistance. Construction of the vessel will start in the summer of 2013 at ASTIMAR 1 (Tampico), one of the five naval shipyards of Astilleros de la
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) authorizes the passage of vessels up to 44 metres wide in the Quebec-Montreal section of the St. Lawrence navigation channel. The previous authorized width was 32.1 metres without restrictions. The CCG has made the provisions following a study commissioned by
The Coast Guard 17th District announced its Arctic Shield 2013 plans to protect the maritime community in the Arctic and to strengthen their partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal and community members Wednesday. “We are committed to having a sustained presence in the region
The Union representing Search and Rescue (SAR) specialists with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is unsurprised at findings of the Auditor General's Spring 2013 Report. "Our members are strong, dedicated individuals so it comes as no surprise that they meet the standard to respond to an
Three icebreaking cutters worked together to keep traffic moving through the St. Mary’s River. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot icebreaker homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., along with Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot buoy tender with ice-breaking capabilities
Canada acts to upgrade its safety system for shipping oil & liquefied natural gas safely through Canada’s waterways before any major new energy export facilities become operational. The Government introduce eight measures to strengthen Canada's tanker safety system:
Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) has started design work under the Construction Engineering Contract for the Canadian Coast Guard’s Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV). This contract will take a total of ten months to complete and lead to a build contract in early 2014.
FRC International is running the first program of ‘Back To Back’ Whole Boat Vibration (WBV) courses in Canada this April. The lead for these courses is Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Navy. These courses are part of improving sea safety and are open to all interested parties
FRC International is running the first programme of ‘Back To Back’ Whole Boat Vibration (WBV) courses in Canada this April. The lead for these courses is the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Navy, being part of a move to improve sea safety
Progress continues under Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) with contracts to Vancouver Shipyards. The Harper Government today announced a series of preliminary contracts valued at a total of $15.7 million for joint support ships
During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2013, held February 16 - 19, in Jacksonville, FL, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Carolyn Horgan, Blue & Gold Fleet, San Francisco, CA, as PVA President for 2013.
Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) advises union of immediate closure of Kitsilano Search & Rescue (SAR) Station in Vancouver, BC. "I can't understand why the Conservative government is doing everything in its power to put Canadians at risk," said Christine Collins
Harper government announces pan-Canadian risk assessment study on marine safety. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that Transport Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard and Environment Canada
The Canadian Coast Guard's decision to replace Search & Rescue personnel with auxilliary volunteers is a direct insult to mariners in Vancouver says UCTE. Christine Collins , National President of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) sees the Coast Guard as thumbing its
The Ninth Coast Guard District begins its annual retrieval of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation before ice forms. In a massive task Operation Fall Retrieve, which includes lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons has begun