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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 ...

Canada Invests $2.5 Billion into Local Shipbuilding for the Coast Guard

Helena Jaczek, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), appeared alongside St. John’s East member of Parliament Joanne Thompson and Churence Rogers, the MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity in St. John’s on May 25 to announce $2.5 billion in funding to procure up to 61 vessels to renew the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) small vessel fleet. Beyond renewing the CCG fleet, these funds will go towards strengthening Canada’s shipbuilding industry and creating jobs by allowing ...

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 ...

Icebreaking in the Atlantic – Successes, Challenges and Words of Caution

  Brad Durnford left Bay D’Espoir, Newfoundland and Labrador, when he was 17 and started at the Canadian Coast Guard College. Durnford has been with the Coast Guard now for 29 years. He’s the ice superintendent for the Atlantic Region, which encompasses Newfoundland and Labrador (N.L.), Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and half of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. From December to June, icebreakers and hovercrafts operate along Canada’s east coast from Newfound...

Locator Beacons Help Take the “Search” Out of Search and Rescue

Above: Crewmembers from the Canadian Coast Guard’s search and rescue station in Burgeo on board the CCGS Cape Edensaw. CCG submitted photos   In July, 2021, two men found themselves in distress while sailing from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and Labrador. They were 30 nautical miles south of La Poile, on Newfoundland’s south coast, when their 38-foot sailboat began taking on water. Mark Gould remembers that July afternoon very well. Gould is the regional supervisor ...

Marine Search and Rescue Takes a Team

Above: The MRSC St. John’s is located at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic regional headquarters   On Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 1:52 a.m., Howard Power got a call that lasted only minutes, but will stay with him for a long time. Power could hear the panic in the voice on the other end. It was a distress call from a vessel taking on water. “I could tell from his voice there was something wrong. You get the tone of their voice after a while. He started yelling ‘Mayday ...

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Coast Guard Investments Bringing More than Just Safety to Coastal Communities   Canada has one of the most effective search and rescue (SAR) systems in the world. The Canadian Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary respond to about 13 search and rescue calls, assisting 43 people and saving 13 lives a day across the country. The Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for maritime SAR, including the coordination, control and conduct of SAR operations in addition to prevention ...

2020 Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Mandate Letter

The following is the departmental mandate letter sent to Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   Thank you for agreeing to serve Canadians as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. On election day, Canadians chose to continue moving forward. From coast to coast to coast, people chose to invest in their families and communities, create good middle class jobs and fight climate change while ...

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 ...