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PFDs: A Regulatory Disconnect

On September 5, 2015, the fishing vessel Caledonian capsized 20 nautical miles west of Nootka Sound, British Columbia. At the time, the vessel was trawling for hake with four crew members onboard. Following the capsizing, the master and mate climbed onto the overturned hull and remained there for several hours. When the vessel eventually sank, the master and mate abandoned it and the mate swam toward and boarded the life raft. The Canadian Coast Guard subsequently rescued the mate and ...

When You’re in Peril on the High Seas — What Happens Behind the Scenes?

Above: A Canadian Armed Forces CH-149 Cormorant helicopter conducts the rescue of a four-person crew in a 15-metre sailboat about 240 nautical miles southeast of Halifax on December 18, 2018. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Summerside and Glace Bay were sailing home from deployment when the rescue call came in. Photo: © 2018 DND-MDN Canada Something has gone wrong on your vessel in the North Atlantic. The seas are rough, the weather is uncompromising. You call for help over Coast ...

Abandoned and Wrecked Boats A Marine Hazard

The federal government estimates there are more than 600 abandoned vessels, ranging from commercial ships to recreational boats, littering Canada’s waterways and harbours. Each of them can pose a safety risk to recreational boating and commercial vessel operators, become navigational hazards, pollute marine environments or cause significant removal costs and clean up. The Marine Institute is working with Transport Canada, as part of its $1.3-million commitment to remove abandoned boats, ...

Protecting Atlantic Canada’s Waters

Maritime Safety and the Marine Environment Get a Major Boost from the Oceans Protection Plan Canada has the longest coastline of any nation in the world. At more than 243,000 kilometres, that’s almost 50 times the distance between St. John’s and Vancouver. For the people who live and work on this coastline, the Canadian Coast Guard is an important part of the communities they call home. Coast Guard crews operate across Canada in an area of about 2.3 million square nautical miles, and ...

Possibility for a Busy 2019 Ice Season

Navigating the ice-filled water of Atlantic Canada is no easy task. However, keeping the shipping lanes open to commercial and fishing traffic is not exactly a walk in the park either. One of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) primary roles in this region is icebreaking. The CCG recently provided its annual technical briefing outlining the upcoming ice season. Brad Durnford, superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic Region, said it is possible the 2019 ice season could be a ...

Senate Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) should be made a separate statutory agency, reporting to the Minister of Transport. This was one of the major recommendations in a report by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, entitled When Every Minute Counts. The Committee undertook its study on maritime search and rescue (SAR) because gaps had been identified over the past decade regarding coverage, capacity, prevention and governance. Canada’s maritime search and rescue workers ...

Oil Successfully Removed from Manolis L

(Above Photo) The Tidewater Enabler offloading the oil removed from the Manolis L. Coast Guard Will Continue to Monitor Wreck Site After sitting on the seafloor for 33 years, the oil has finally been removed from the sunken paper carrier Manolis L. The Canadian Coast Guard announced on Sept. 8 that oil recovery operations by Ardent Global LLC had been successful and were now complete. Ardent Global LLC, the company that raised and salvaged the ill-fated Costa Concordia ...

2018: A Below Average Year for Ice

After experiencing several recent hard springs battling heavy ice, it looks like most fishermen will be catching a break this year. At a recent technical briefing in St. John’s, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) reported that ice conditions are far more favourable than in the last years — when heavy ice delayed fishing seasons and damaged valuable vessels and gear. Trevor Hodgson, CCG icebreaking superintendent for the Atlantic region said while ice conditions were heavy last year in ...

Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region Exemplary Service Medals

Sixteen members of the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region were recently awarded Exemplary Service Medals and Bars at Government House in St. John’s. The awards were presented by the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada and Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard. The Canadian Coast Guard Exemplary Service Medal is part of the Canadian ...

Contract Awarded for Bulk Oil Removal From Manolis L

The Department of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced today that a contract, valued at $15,106,400.00, has been awarded to Ardent Global LLC for the removal of bulk oil from the Manolis L shipwreck near Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Manolis L, which sank to a depth of more than 70 metres in 1985 off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, lay dormant until April 2013 when cracks in the hull, coupled with a powerful storm, allowed some ...