Today the Canadian Coast Guard officially named the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel CCGS Sir John Franklin during a dedication to service ceremony held at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia.
The Government of Canada is committed to investing in infrastructure and technology that helps protect our oceans. Through its provision of Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS), the Canadian Coast Guard helps keep mariners safe and supports Canada’s economy by helping ensure safe and efficient movement of vessels in Canadian waters.
Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, Gudie Hutchings, on behalf of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will announce the completion of construction of a new Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre building in Port aux Basques.
On August 26, Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will share details about the Canadian Coast Guard’s planned approach to enhance ice breaking capacity in Northern New Brunswick for the spring 2020 fisheries. Photo opportunities will be available for media in attendance.
Member of Parliament for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, Churence Rogers, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will unveil the new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Old Perlican and welcome the new lifeboat CCGS Sacred Bay.
The Canadian Coast Guard saves lives, protects the environment, and helps our economy grow, while keeping our waters safe, secure, and open. That is why, in 2017, the Government of Canada committed to building a new Coast Guard Atlantic regional headquarters, and in 2018 reopened the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is also why, earlier this year, we announced the renewal of the Coast Guard fleet with up to 24 additional new large vessels to be built in Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
The annual Port Huron Float Down is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 18, 2019 on the St. Clair River. This remains an unsanctioned marine event and poses risks to the participants and other users of the waterways during the 7.5 mile /12 km course. The fast-moving current, large number of participants, lack of lifejackets, alcohol consumption, potentially challenging weather conditions, water temperature, and limited rescue resources can create difficult emergency response scenarios that can result in serious injuries or fatalities.
Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous coastal communities to improve marine safety and responsible shipping to protect Canada’s marine environment.