Old Perlican, NL home to new search and rescue lifeboat station
OLD PERLICAN, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR – Today, Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity announced on behalf of the honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, that a new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station will be built at Old Perlican to allow for better response to marine emergencies on the east coast of Newfoundland.
The Coast Guard plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of mariners and the marine environment and Canada’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan includes measures to improve marine safety and protect Canada’s marine environment and coastal communities.
The Bay de Verde Peninsula was selected based on identified gaps in the Coast Guard’s maritime search and rescue response capacity as well as an anticipated increase in vessel traffic in the area.
A detailed site analysis concluded that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Small Craft Harbour Site in Old Perlican was the most suitable location for the lifeboat station. In addition to consulting with various communities, many factors were considered including harbour characteristics such as water depth, icing conditions, and wharf facilities that could support mission activities. Community infrastructure was also considered.
There are currently 41 search and rescue stations located strategically across Canada to respond to maritime search and rescue incidents.
Photo legend: MP Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, announcing that Old Perlican, Newfoundland will be home to a new search and rescue lifeboat station.
“Through the Oceans Protection Plan we are strengthening the Canadian Coast Guard to better respond to marine search and rescue incidents. This new Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station, and the professional and highly-trained Coast Guard crews who will operate it, will bring real benefits to the people who live and work on the east coast of Newfoundland.”
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“This is a proud moment for us in the Bay de Verde area. The Canadian Coast Guard provides critical search and rescue services for those who work on our waters and live on our coasts. I am honoured that Old Perlican is providing a new permanent home for the Coast Guard.”
Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity
Under the Oceans Protection Plan, seven new lifeboat stations will be opened in strategic locations, to improve response capacity to all-hazard marine incidents and increase coverage in order to keep mariners and the environment safer.
In addition to the station to be built at Old Perlican, the remaining six will be located in the areas of Victoria, Hartley Bay, Port Renfrew and Nootka in British Columbia; Twillingate in Newfoundland and Labrador and the station in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador will be refurbished.
This initiative will see an investment of $108.1 million over the next five years with ongoing funding of $12.2 million creating 56 new positions to provide search and rescue services from these new stations.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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