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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Wärtsilä Modernizing Vessel for CCG

The Canadian Coast Guard's vessel Ann Harvey will be equipped with new propulsion generators, which will contribute to the vessel's reliability for many years to come. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä will support the 1100 Class High Endurance Multitask Vessels operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, to renew their current propulsion generators. These vessels serve for buoy tending, search and rescue and icebreaking in each of the three Region of the Canadian Coast Guard. The new, more modern propulsion generators will contribute to the vessel's reliability for many years to come. Furthermore, the standards of engineering and fuel consumption for the new engines will lead to reduced operational costs and lower emissions.

Webb Receives SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence

Elaine and Rollie Webb (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Rollie Webb, Senior Vice President at Robert Allan Ltd., was presented with the SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence by the Lt. Governor of B.C. Judith Guichon on behalf of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in a ceremony held on November 9 in Victoria. Webb joined Robert Allan Ltd. in 2008 and assumed duties as Senior Vice President in 2015. Webb has more than 40 years of experience in marine engineering and shipyard experience, starting out in ship operations as a marine engineer at sea…

US, Canadian Coast Guards Leaders Discuss Partnership

Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Central and Arctic Region and Rear Adm. June Ryan, the commander of the USCG 9th District met with their employees aboard Coast Guard ships and a CCG helicopter in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie Michigan March 21 2016. (Photo credit: USCG)

Rear Adm. June E. Ryan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District, was welcomed aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley by Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon and Captain Signe Gotfredsen of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region Monday. After a relatively mild winter on the Great Lakes escorting ships through ice and preventing ice jams, the Samuel Risley was upbound through the Soo Locks and the St. Marys River to Lake Superior for further icebreaking at the Port of Thunder Bay and buoy-tending duties.

Lack of Ice-Breakers Delays Great Lakes Shipping

With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely concerned that Canada's ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American industries. The Canadian Coast Guard is doing its utmost to work with resources across a large geographical area subject to heavy ice, but this situation is rippling into Canada's transportation and economic system.

Canadian Coast Guard Transfers Surplus Vessel

The Canadian Coast Guard has transferred a fast rescue craft to the Maritimes branch of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. The fast rescue craft was previously used by the staff of the CCGS Courtenay Bay at the Coast Guard SAR lifeboat station based in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Auxiliary will use the vessel for search and rescue training and missions, and to increase their presence at marine-related events in the region. The vessel is a 2002 Zodiac – Model 749 Diesel Powered Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). The diesel, seven-metre boats are open, fast rescue craft which are used extensively at Coast Guard SAR lifeboat stations and on major Canadian Coast Guard ships.

Radio Holland Wins Contracts for Canadian Coast Guard Vessels

The CCGS Pierre Radisson, a 320' ice breaker from the Canadian Coast Guard (Source: John E Heintz Jr / Shutterstock.com)

Radio Holland Canada has won two major contracts to support the Canadian Coast Guard. Public Works and Government Services Canada, which is responsible for government procurement, has awarded Radio Holland Canada a multimillion dollar contract to supply Furuno ECDIS and radars for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet over the next five years. In a separate agreement Hike Metal Products of Wheatley, Ontario has contracted Radio Holland to supply the Navigation & Communication equipment for six new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboats.

Canadian Coast Guard Updates Fleet with DGPS

The Canadian Coast Guard has placed orders for 141 Saab TransponderTech marine DGPS receivers in a move to upgrade shipboard navigation systems throughout the fleet. The new Saab DGPS antennas and sensors will replace the stand-alone DGPS receivers currently installed on the vessels. They will be integrated with the existing Saab R4 Automatic Information Systems (AIS) installations, providing a seamless DGPS/AIS solution sharing a common user interface and display. The DGPS systems will be fitted on Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers, buoy tenders, fisheries patrol vessels and search-and-rescue cutters during 2006. The products are being supplied by Austin Navigation, a Saab authorized dealer in Canada.

Canada CG Asked to Expand Security Role

Mr. Tom Wappel, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, tabled today in the House of Commons the Committee’s unanimous report on the Canadian Coast Guard. The report entitled Safe, Secure, Sovereign: Reinventing the Canadian Coast Guard makes 18 recommendations for the government to overhaul the organization with a series of significant changes, including an expansion of its mandate. “The Coast Guard has been chronically underfunded and has never had the resources to fully meet the goals it was intended to attain,” said Mr. Wappel. “The set of recommendations contained in this unanimous report will bring a radical change to this state of things,” added Mr. Wappel.

Metal Craft Marine, MIL Systems Get Contract

MetalCraft Marine and its joint venture partner MIL systems of Ottawa was awarded an option contract for four additional 47-ft. motor lifeboats. These self righting vessels are in addition to the original contract of seven, part of the Canadian Coast Guard Motor Life Boat program. The proprietary design is being built under a cooperation agreement between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard. The U.S 40-ft. motor lifeboats are being built by Textron Land and Marine Systems of New Orleans and is powered by Twin Detroit 6V92 engines, while the Canadian Motor lifeboats are powered by twin Caterpillar 3196's. The completion of the next four Motor lifeboats for the Canadian Coast Guard is scheduled for the 2002. Contract value is $8,220,000 CDN.

US, Canadian Icebreakers Escort Great Lakes Bulker

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of CSL Laurentien

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews helped to keep commerce moving on the Great Lakes by breaking ice for bulk carrier CSL Laurentien in eastern Lake Eerie on March 27. The crews encountered plate ice as thick as 3 feet and ice ridges as tall as 8 feet. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, work with Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley to escort the CSL Laurentien through the ice. uscgnews.com  

Icebreakers Go to Work on St. Clair River

Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking vessel Samuel Risley (File photo courtesy of the Canadian Coast Guard)

Icebreaking vessels from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are scheduled to break ice in the North Channel of the St. Clair River, Friday. Canadian Coast Guard ship Samuel Risley will break ice in the river near Algonac, Mich., and Harsens Island. Due to concentrated ice buildup, the water levels in the area rose between 15 and 20 inches overnight prompting the Clay Township Emergency Operation Center and Champion’s Auto Ferry to request Coast Guard assistance. Throughout the remainder of the winter, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers will continue to respond in the St.

US, Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaking Underway

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. The crew experienced plate ice as thick as three feet and ice ridges as tall as eight feet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of CSL Laurentien)

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have begun collaborative icebreaking operations. 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. 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.

Coast Guard Concludes Great Lakes Icebreaking

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Randy Beauchamp

The U.S. Coast Guard concluded icebreaking operations on the lower Great Lakes, Monday, more than four months after it started, Dec. 15, 2013. Operation Coal Shovel is a binational domestic icebreaking effort covering the St. Lawrence Seaway, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Detroit/St. Clair River System and southern Lake Huron. Crews aboard Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw, Hollyhock, Bristol Bay, Neah Bay and Morro Bay were joined by crews from Canadian Coast Guard Ships Samuel Risley, Griffon and Des Groseilliers during this year’s operation.

Vancouver Shipyards Awarded Additional NSPS Vessels

North Vancouver, BC - Seaspan Shipyards announced that the Canadian Coast Guard has elected to spend $5.2 billion for the construction of additional ships under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) program, along with other capital expenditures, under last week’s Federal Budget. Under the original NSPS award, from October 19, 2011, Vancouver Shipyards has been chosen to build Canada’s Non-Combat vessels. Vancouver Shipyards will be working closely with the Canadian Coast Guard to determine the timing and sequence of the additional vessels announced last week. “We are extremely excited about last week’s announcement and are looking forward to fulfilling our commitment of providing the best quality ships to the Government of Canada…

USCG, Canadian Coast Guard Sign Agreement to Improve Border Security

The Coast Guard and Canadian coast guard signed an agreement in Seattle to improve radar and video surveillance in Cooperative Vessel Traffic Management System waters on the international border. The agreement ensures the Coast Guard will install microwave equipment at the Canadian coast guard facility located at Mount Newton, British Columbia. The equipment will link an existing U.S. facility located at Mount Constitution, Wash., located in the San Juan Islands. A future U.S. facility is scheduled to be installed at Turn Point on Stuart Island, Wash. This facility will improve maritime safety as well as the organized flow of information within Cooperative Vessel Traffic Management System waters.

Queen of North Grounds, Passengers Safely Evacuate

On Wednesday, BC Ferries' Queen of the North, hit a rock off Gil Island in Wright Sound. BC Ferries Emergency Operations Center confirms that all 101 passengers and crew were safely evacuated via BC Ferries lifeboats. Some of the passengers and crew have been taken to Hartley Bay, which is approximately 75 miles south of Prince Rupert. Others are on the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfred Laurier. Passengers and crew will then be transported to Prince Rupert via Canadian Coast Guard vessel. Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfred Laurier was on the scene by 2:15 a.m. Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

Seaspan Responds to Canada’s NSS Announcement

Brian Carter (Photo: Seaspan)

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of a series of enhancements to strengthen the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards’ president Brian Carter issued a statement commending the government’s efforts and reinforcing the shipbuilder’s role in producing ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. “We are pleased to receive the Government of Canada’s support for the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and applaud its commitment to continuous improvement,” Carter said.

Canadian CG, $5M Order for Zodiac RIBs

Photo courtesy PEMS Marine & Offshore PR

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.

Video: Coastguards Continue Great Lakes Icebreaking

Image: USCG

Continued icebreaking operations from the U.S. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are jointly continuing Operation Coal Shovel, the seasonal domestic icebreaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair and Detroit River systems, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. As of Sunday, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) icebreakers have logged 493 icebreaking hours and assisted 53 vessels since beginning Operation Coal Shovel on January 8. Operation Coal Shovel’s mission…

Sipu Muin Modernization Work to Begin in May

CCGS Sipu Muin (Photo: Canadian Coast Guard)

A scheduled modernization of the Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Sipu Muin will see the Air Cushion Vehicle in dry-dock at Réparations Navales et Industrielles Océan in Quebec City for a six-month period beginning May 10, 2016. This modernization, part of the Coast Guard’s work to ensure the vessel will reach its intended operational life, will cost an estimated $3.1 million and include hull repairs, modifications to the pilot house, upgrades to the electronic navigation suite as well as the replacement of the fuel bladders and skirting of the 19-year old vessel.

Canadian SAR Union Gives Nod to Auditor General's Report

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 emergency 96% of the time. They should be applauded that they are doing so much despite the challenges they face," said Christine Collins , National President of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees. On the other hand the union points out that the Canadian Coast Guard's decision not to offer training in order to ensure that qualified personnel are always available is highlighted in the Auditor General's report.

Canada Mulls Options to Fill Icebreaker Gaps

File photo: Canadian Coast Guard

Canada's Coast Guard mulls its options as it awaits the arrival of replacement icebreakers to its aging fleet. In order to maintain open tracks through ice, escort ships, free ice-beset vessels, break up ice in harbors, resupply isolated northern communities and protect them from flooding, the Canadian Coast Guard operates a fleet of 14 vitally important icebreakers, many of which are nearing the end of their operating lives. Some, built as far back as the 1960s and 1970s, have already exceeded their intended years of service.

USCG Monitoring Barge adrift in Beaufort Sea

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U.S. Coast Guard personnel and Canadian federal agencies, including the Canadian coast guard, Transport Canada and Environment Canada, are monitoring a 134-foot barge drifting in the Beaufort Sea after it broke free from its tow in Canadian waters during a severe storm Monday. U.S. Coast Guard authorities were notified on Tuesday that the barge was drifting westward in the Beaufort Sea toward U.S. waters, based on computer drift models. Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response personnel are working with the owner to develop a response plan, and are standing by to assist.

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