Canadian Coast Guard ready to conduct icebreaking operations on the Great Lakes, connecting waterways


December 2018

How the Canadian Coast Guard supports the economy by ensuring safe shipping routes

According to the Chamber of Marine Commerce, commercial shipping on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River waterway supports $60 billion CDN in economic activity and 329,000 jobs in Canada and the U.S.

Icebreaking is an important government service, supported by industry fees, that helps the Canadian and United States economies. In this region the Canadian and United States Coast Guards work as one team, providing assistance to commercial cargo vessels to move through ice covered waters, re-supplying industry with much needed goods. By assisting ships both Coast Guards have an important role in providing communities the security, supplies, energy and emergency resources needed throughout the winter.

Coast Guard icebreaking is often essential in the final weeks before the St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season closes at the end of December for steel manufacturers to stockpile raw materials for their winter operations and for farmers to export their crops to world markets.

Canadian Coast Guard Ships Griffon, Samuel Risley ready for Great Lakes icebreaking following refits

Important refit and maintenance work on the CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley was recently completed and both Great Lakes-based ships are ready for the upcoming icebreaking season. CCGS Griffon was dry-docked at Verrault Navigation in Les Mechins, QuebecWork included an overhaul of the four main propulsion engines, overhauls of two ship service electrical generators and certification of the ship's propulsion control system. CCGS Samuel Risley was in refit at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Parry Sound.  Improvements to the ship include an overhaul of the number one main engine, replacement of an air compressor and annual maintenance.  

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