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Marine Log

April 12, 2007

Canada to renew Coast Guard fleet

Loyola Hearn, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans today announced details of investments by the Canadian Government in the renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.

The March 2007 federal budget identified C$324 million (US$284.5 million) for the purchase and maintenance of six new vessels for the fleet. This brings the government's total investments in Coast Guard to more than $750 million (US$649 million) since February 2006, for a total of four new offshore vessels and 12 new mid shore patrol vessels. Coast Guard also has plans under way to acquire an air cushion vehicle.

"This substantial investment is an indication of the government's confidence in Coast Guard and its long record of providing quality service to Canadians," said Hearn. "With these positive changes, the Coast Guard can continue to focus on what it does best: providing valuable services to mariners in Canadian waters."

Eight of the new mid-shore patrol vessels will be multi-tasked, and used primarily for fisheries conservation and protection duties in the Maritimes, Quebec and Pacific regions. The remaining four are new additions to the fleet and will be used for maritime security duties on the St. Lawrence Seaway-Great Lakes system. These vessels will take part in a joint program with the RCMP, responding to the Government's commitment to enhance the security of the Canada's coasts and waterways.

Three state-of-the-art offshore fishery science vessels will be based in the Pacific, Maritimes and Newfoundland regions, and a fourth offshore oceanographic science vessel will be based in the Maritimes.

Overall, five of the new vessels are additions to the Coast Guard fleet and 11 will replace existing vessels nearing the end of their life expectancies.

Fleet renewal is a multi-year undertaking, with the first vessel scheduled to be delivered in August of 2009 and the last of these vessels targeted for some time in 2014.

The new vessels will be deployed to their appropriate Coast Guard regions as they become available.

The high-speed air cushion vehicle is a replacement vessel and will be based in Quebec region and used primarily for search and rescue, maintenance to navigational aids and icebreaking for flood control and seaway operation.

"Renewing the country's marine civilian fleet will also contribute to a revitalized Canadian shipbuilding industry," noted Hearn, "and provide additional, reliable support for increasingly important marine scientific research and maintain Canada's maritime presence."

Hearn also announced the redeployment of two Coast Guard heavy icebreakers. The CCGS Terry Fox will be deployed from Maritimes Region to Newfoundland and Labrador Region in April 2008, and the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent will follow in April 2009. These transfers are being made to avoid significant additional infrastructure costs which would be required if they stayed in the Maritimes Region. The infrastructure is already in place in Newfoundland to accommodate the vessels.


This vessel was announced in Budget 2007 and is intended to replace CCGS Hudson.

Vessel Purpose

conduct multi-disciplinary physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic expeditions in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans observe global and regional circulation and interactions contribute to the assessments of resources, impacts to the various marine ecosystems of assorted fisheries and offshore marine activities, support for marine geology, the data required from hydrographic activities for chart production, engineering initiatives, military activities, and delimitation of internal and international marine boundaries.

Crew Size

crew of approximately 28 room to carry 31 scientists aboard

Vessel Specifications

about 90 meters in length (similar to the Hudson) a beam of approximately 18 meters and a deep draft of not greater than 7.5 meters capable of remaining at sea for several months before returning to port for stores and provisions increased efficiencies aboard, such as automation in the machinery spaces, an integrated bridge, and a modern dynamic positioning system to allow scientific research within a given zone for prolonged periods

Expected Delivery

scheduled for 2014 (Maritimes Region)


Two of these vessels were announced in Budget 2006, and one in Budget 2007 and are intended to replace CCGS Teleost, Templeman/Needler, and Ricker.

Vessel Purpose

conduct fishing and acoustic surveys of fish and invertebrates in the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans nformation collected on the distribution, abundance and biology of the species examined is used directly in stock assessments for new and existing fisheries, and in studies supporting the assessments collect physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic data to monitor changes in marine ecosystems and their impact on fisheries resources and ecosystem health

Crew Size

crew of approximately 25 capable carrying 18 scientific staff and stay at sea for up to 40 days without reprovisioning

Vessel Specifications

approximately 67 meters in length draft no greater than 6.5 meters design speed of 14 knots built with quiet operations in mind to conduct accurate assessment of fish stocks as well as have other modern considerations such as automation in the machinery spaces, a fully integrated bridge as well as ergonomically situated modern deck and trawl equipment

Expected Delivery

first vessel is scheduled for 2011(Pacific Region) second vessel is scheduled for 2011(for Maritimes Region) third vessel is scheduled for 2012 (for Newfoundland and Labrador Region)

MID-SHORE PATROL VESSEL Eight of these mid-shore patrol vessels were announced in Budget 2006 and four in Budget 2007. Seven are intended to replace CCGC Quebecois, Cumella, Atlin Post, Sooke Post, Kitimat_II, Arrow Post, Comox Post, and one is new.

Vessel Purpose

to provide a platform for enforcement activities falling under the purview of the Criminal Code and / or the Fisheries Act primarily to monitor and patrol vast areas of ocean, the Great Lakes and Seaway, including coastlines and international boundaries in an expeditious and cost-effective manner provide a Government of Canada presence in Canadian waters and discouraging threats and illegal activities used for enforcement of Fisheries Acts and Regulations, Aquaculture Regulations, including aboriginal, commercial sport fishing activities and habitat protection, as well as the provision of support to other Government Departments to assist in the enforcement of their mandates

Crew Size

crew of approximately 8 to 10 capability to carry several RCMP Officers or Fisheries Enforcement Officers, depending on the program requirement or area of deployment

Vessel Specifications

not greater than 43 meters in length top speed of 25 knots capability to stay at sea for several days without reprovisioning

Expected Delivery

first of these vessels is scheduled for 2009 (Central and Arctic) rest are scheduled at regular intervals thereafter until 2014 (Central and Arctic, Quebec, Maritimes, and Pacific regions)

Air Cushion Vehicle

This air cushion vehicle is intended to replace the CGACV Waban Aki in the Quebec Region.

Vessel Purpose

to provide service delivery for the Coast Guard multi-tasks programs such as: navigation aids servicing, icebreaking for flood prevention, search and rescue,transport of personnel and equipment to tidal areas out of reach of conventional vessels provide support to other agencies such as RCMP and other law enforcement agencies operate from the CG hovercraft maintenance base in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec on an annual basis

Crew Size

crew complement of four deck hands, two pilots and two maintenance engineers accommodate up to 12 passengers

Vessel Specifications

AP1-88/400 series

28.5m in length and 12 m wide maximum gross weight approximately 75 m.t with a 20 m.t. payload larger than Waban Aki in order to handle 4500Kg buoys compared to 2000Kg for Waban Aki fully amphibious and equipped with larger and more powerful diesel engines to enhance its icebreaking and sea keeping abilities capable of staying in operation for 12 hours non-stop at an average speed of 45 knots with a maximum speed of 50 knots

Expected Delivery

scheduled for 2009 (Quebec Region) .