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Crew Safe After Fire Onboard OCI Scallop Vessel

Above photo: Courtesy of TSB. At approximately noon NST, Ocean Choice received notice from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre that the Atlantic Destiny succumbed to damages sustained on the evening of March 2 and the vessel has sunk. “While we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our offshore fishing vessels, we are extremely relieved and thankful that all of our 31 crew members were safely transported ashore and are currently in the process of reuniting with their families ...

On the Waterfront — September 2019

CCGS Baie de Plaisance Commissioned in the Magdalen Islands The Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jonathan Wilkinson, was in Cap-aux-Meules recently to participate in the official commissioning of the new high endurance, self-righting search and rescue lifeboat, named CCGS Baie de Plaisance. The vessel was built by the Forillon shipyard and delivered to the Coast Guard in November 2017. To ...

Houston, We Have a Problem

In the 1970s, a pop culture phrase for something gone wrong was “Houston, we have a problem.” The line was attributed to astronaut James Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 space mission in 1970 when the spacecraft developed a serious mechanical problem while in space, forcing abandonment of a planned attempt to land on the moon. It is not exactly word for word what the astronaut said, but it was close enough to become an every-day catch phrase by those who lived in that era. A few ...

The Model Man – Jeff Clarke

Jeff Clarke likes to build boats — little boats, especially models of commercial fishing vessels. So far, Jeff has built 32 and he has orders from people for another 32 or more. Model boat builders are not rare in Newfoundland and Labrador, but what sets Jeff apart from others is that he builds models armed with nothing more than a photo of the vessel, viewed on the small screen of his iPhone. Obviously, his boats are not built to scale, but his ability to produce an almost exact ...

St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-centre to Re-open

Above photo: Both federal and provincial politicians were out in force for the announcement to re-open the St. John’s MRSC. Announcement Part of Broad Federal $1.5-Billion National Oceans Protection Plan Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc explained that re-opening the St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-centre was not only the confirmation of the election promise the Liberals made during the 2015 election campaign, but was a key part of ...

Federal Fisheries Minister Resigns to Seek Addiction Treatment

Late Tuesday night, a bombshell dropped in Ottawa — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement saying Hunter Tootoo had resigned his position as minister of fisheries and oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and was leaving the Liberal caucus to seek treatment for addiction. "Effective immediately, the Honourable Hunter Tootoo has resigned from his position as minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard," Trudeau said in the statement. "He will also be leaving ...

On the Waterfront — May 2016

3Ps Cod Fishery Achieves MSC Certification A southern Newfoundland cod fishery recently gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, demonstrating that it is possible for struggling fish stocks to recover and reach sustainability benchmarks that benefit both nature and communities. The MSC certification of the southern Newfoundland cod fishery — known by its Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Subdivision of 3Ps — comes after the successful completion of a WWF- ...

Water Still Muddy on Sub-Centre Issue: Government Considering Options for St. John’s Role in Search and Rescue Co-ordination

It appeared to be full steam ahead for those onboard when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter last fall to Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo directed him, as a priority, to re-open the maritime rescue sub-centre in St. John’s and the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base in Vancouver. It was a follow-up on a campaign promise prior to the last federal election to reverse a decision by the previous Conservative government to close those facilities. But while the engines have ...

A Sea Change

People make lists and write on whiteboards to keep their lives organized. If you’re Joan Evans, Supervisor of Seagoing Personnel for the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region, your whiteboard is wall-sized and you’re busy organizing the work and time off for about 700 employees. Evans, 34 years old, assigns the people on the ships. “We plan individuals’ assignments for the year, so they get an assignment to a certain vessel for the year,” says Evans. A typical Canadian Coast ...

Updated: Newfoundland-Based Vessel Taking on Water Near Iqaluit

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax is reporting that a 220-foot Newfoundland-based fishing vessel is taking on water in the Davis Strait. The vessel, which has not officially been named yet by the JRCC, is reported to be from St. Anthony and has a crew of 30 onboard. However, CBC has reported that the vessel is the Saputi and is currently en route to Nuuk, Greenland, after tearing a hole in its hull. It started taking on water Sunday after running into ice about 270 ...