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CCG Completes First Steps in Building Two Polar Icebreakers

Above: The hull of the CCG’s newest icebreakers stands out from its predecessors because of its 60-millimetre-thick steel alloy hull, which will allow them to travel unrestricted in Arctic waters year-round. Credit: Canadian Coast Guard   The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is increasing its capabilities in Canada’s Arctic regions with the construction of two state-of-the-art icebreakers, due to set sail in 2030. The CCG currently operates two older heavy icebreakers — the CCGS ...

“If You’re Worried, Call Us,” says Coast Guard Ahead of 2024 Fishing Season

Above: Stephen Burke is a Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator at the Canadian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters, Atlantic Region in St. John's, N.L. Nick Travis photo   As the 2024 fishing season gears up, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) wants everyone on the water to know that no call is too small. According to Mark Gould, Deputy Superintendent of search and rescue (SAR) with the CCG, the situations that the SAR team handle varies both in scope and complexity. “It could be ...

Unbearable Grief: Fishing Industry is Fraught with Tragedy and Loss

Above: Island Lady. Photo by Joe Jenkins   Fishing is one of the most dangerous commercial occupations on the planet. Statistically, Atlantic Canada has lost an average of about one fisherman per month over the past six or seven decades despite just about everything else in the industry going through dramatic change in that period. In fact, the death rate is even higher these days if compared on a percentage basis — there are fewer people fishing but the number of lives lost ...

NL-FHSA Releases Safety Training for Harvesters, By Harvesters

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fish Harvesters Safety Association (NL-FHSA) has launched its new Fishing Vessel Safety Designate (FVSD) Program, which is free for all N.L. fish harvesters. The program, according to NL-FHSA Executive Director Brenda Greenslade, was designed to fill a knowledge gap in safety education in the province. “Of the training that was being delivered, there was none specific to fish harvesters, which is really important because you can’t take somebody who works ...

The Overlooked Issue of Seafarer Fatigue and How to Avoid It

Above: David Greening photo   The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has highlighted fatigue on its watchlist since 2022 and has published four investigations in 2023 where fatigue was a major factor in the incident, highlighting the need for fatigue management in the fishing industry. According to Lija Bickis, Manager of Investigations, Standards and Quality Assurance at the TSB, sleep-related fatigue is a commonplace and under investigated factor in incidents at sea. “I ...

Lack of Understanding of Fire Suppression Systems a Factor in Atlantic Destiny Sinking

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has issued a safety concern regarding insufficient crew knowledge on how to properly use carbon dioxide (CO2) fixed fire suppression systems following the investigation into the sinking of the fishing vessel Atlantic Destiny. With 31 crew on board, the 39.2-metre Atlantic Destiny, operated by Ocean Choice International, left Riverport, Nova Scotia on Feb. 17, 2021 for a 21-day scallop-fishing trip to the fishing grounds near Georges Bank. It ...

New CCGS Life Boat in Clark’s Harbour “Much More Capable Platform”

The Canadian Coast Guard station in Clark’s Harbour has a new search and rescue life boat that is larger and faster than its predecessor. The station took delivery of the CCGS Chedabucto Bay earlier this year, replacing the 28-year-old CCGS Clark’s Harbour. The CCGS Chedabucto Bay is a 60-foot Bay Class search and rescue lifeboat with a maximum speed of 26 knots, equipped with advanced electronics and equipment, and self-righting capability. Launched in 1995, the CCGS Clark’s ...

When Mother Nature Turns Up the Volume – SAR Veterans Recount Search and Rescue Stories

From rescues in hurricane-force winds, to man-overboard situations, Sergeant Norm Penny and Captain Steve MacFadgen have spent thousands of hours performing search and rescue (SAR) at sea and have their fair share of stories to tell and advice to share. Penny joined the military in 1993 and served multiple tours overseas, after which he came across his first SAR technician at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in 2000. “I didn’t know what that person was, so I inquired ...

OSSC: Preparing for the Unexpected at Sea

The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC), located in Foxtrap, Newfoundland and Labrador, offers a variety of safety and emergency response courses for industries like offshore oil and gas, marine transportation as well as fishing. The OSSC was established after the Ocean Ranger disaster, where 84 crew members lost their lives after the offshore oil platform sank in 1982 off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Research by the Canadian Royal Commission found that the crew lacked proper ...

Collaborating and Educating With Fish Safe NS

Linda Corkum, Fish Safe NS’s newest Executive Director, recently shared her priorities for the organization in 2023. Fish Safe NS is a safety organization with a mission “To inspire a strong safety culture for the N.S. seafood industry through collaboration, education and promotion.” Coming into her new job, she had to think about how to best collaborate, educate and promote safety in the industry. “I was trying to kick off the new year, if you will, with thinking about the ...