Government of Canada enhances maritime search and rescue capacity on the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador
“The opening of the new Twillingate search and rescue station is a milestone in our commitment to achieving a world-leading marine safety system to meet Canada’s – and Newfoundland and Labrador’s – unique context. We are continuing to ensure the Canadian Coast Guard has the infrastructure and equipment it needs to rapidly and efficiently respond to marine emergencies, including search and rescue and environmental response.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Our Government is committed to making Canada’s marine pollution response faster, more effective and efficient. Thanks to Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, marine shipping in Canada has never been safer. The new search and rescue station in Twillingate joins three others that opened in Newfoundland and Labrador and in British Columbia that help keep seafarers safe and Canada’s marine environment protected.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
“This new, permanent Coast Guard presence on Notre Dame Bay shows our government’s commitment to coastal communities like Twillingate and to the people who make a living on the water. The Government of Canada is delivering on the need for local marine safety resources in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays – Central – Notre Dame, Scott Simms
Since the Oceans Protection Plan started in November 2016, over 50 initiatives have been announced in the areas of marine safety, research and ecosystem protection that span coast-to-coast-to-coast.
Under the Plan, new Coast Guard search and rescue stations have opened in Old Perlican, St. Anthony and Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Victoria, B.C. Other stations are being built in Tahsis and Hartley Bay, B.C. and a multi-purpose marine response facility is planned in Port Renfrew, B.C.
Funding for all seven new stations amounts to $108.1 million over five years, with annual ongoing funding of $12.2 million creating 56 new positions to provide search and rescue services from these new stations.
CCGS Conception Bay is one of 20 new high endurance search and rescue lifeboats scheduled to be built for Coast Guard search and rescue stations across Canada. Three of these new vessels are now operating from the three new search and rescue stations in Newfoundland and Labrador
The new search and rescue station in Twillingate is generating clean, sustainable solar power on site, which is expected to meet approximately 25 per cent of its annual energy requirements.
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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