The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents of the Port of Thunder Bay area, in Ontario that the CCGS Samuel Risley will carry out icebreaking operations in the area on March 22, 2023. The purpose of this operation is to start the initial harbour breakout. Breaking up the ice will allow for the safe and efficient movement of commercial vessels.
The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents in Midland, Ontario that the CCGS Samuel Risley will carry out icebreaking operations in the area March 17 and 18, 2023. The purpose of this operation is to prepare for the departure of CSL Frontenac from Midland Harbour on March 18, 2023. Breaking up the ice will allow for the safe and efficient movement of this vessel.
The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents that an icebreaker will be sailing between Giants Tomb and the Southern End of Beausoleil Island in Southern Georgian Bay. The CCGS Judy LaMarsh will carry out Ice Operations Training in the area on or around March 13, 2023. The purpose of this operation is to further test the vessel’s abilities in the ice. A helicopter flight prior to the ship’s arrival to assess ice conditions and users of the ice will also be taking place.
The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents in the areas of northern Georgian Bay and the North Channel, on Lake Huron, in Ontario that the CCGS Samuel Risley and CCGS Judy LaMarsh will be conducting exercises in the areas from March 3 to 7, 2023, to simulate close quarter vessel escorting under controlled conditions.
The Canadian Coast Guard will begin its spring icebreaking operations on the St. Lawrence River between Montréal and Québec on the morning of February 20, or sooner if the weather conditions were to create an increased risk of the stalling of coastal pack ice. People who have left facilities or equipment on the ice are advised to bring them back to shore as soon as possible.
Following over 40 years of service to Canada as a fisheries science vessel, the CCGS Alfred Needler is being decommissioned. In late 2022 and early 2023 the CCGS Alfred Needler suffered a number of significant mechanical and structural failures. Following an evaluation of the condition of the vessel, it has been determined that the vessel is beyond repair and further investment would not allow it to return to a reliable and safe service.
The Canadian Coast Guard is proud to announce the appointment of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as our very first Honorary Captain. By accepting this honorary title, Mr. Duvernay-Tardif will act as an ambassador to promote the mission and values of the Canadian Coast Guard.