The Canadian and United States coast guards share a long history of collaboration on the Great Lakes. These inland waters are vital to both countries’ economies, with approximately 34 million people living in and around the Great Lakes basin on both sides of the border. Keeping these waters clean and safe from threats of pollution is a top priority for both coast guards.
The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents and visitors along the Saguenay Fjord that the CCGS Des Groseilliers will begin spring icebreaking operations as early as Monday, March 14, 2022. The date is subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or weather 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 27. These activities could begin earlier due to the increased risk of the stalling of coastal pack ice brought about by the combination of warm weather and high tides expected to start March 1st. Icebreaking will continue thereafter on several streams, rivers, and river mouths in Quebec.
The Government of Canada and the Quatsino and Kitasoo Xai'xais First Nations are pleased to announce the arrival and launch of two new dedicated response vessels under the Canadian Coast Guard’s Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program. The Quatsino and Kitasoo Xai'xais First Nations are members of the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary, and work and train with the Canadian Coast Guard, providing marine response within their respective traditional territories.
On January 26, 1962, the creation of the Canadian Coast Guard was announced. Since that day, the familiar red and white hulls of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet have become a part of our national heritage, a reassuring symbol of service and safety, a beacon of hope for mariners in distress and a source of pride for Canadians.
Following 59 years of dedicated service, the Canadian Coast Guard’s oldest serving vessel, the CCGS Hudson is being decommissioned. In November 2021, a failure of the starboard propulsion motor placed the CCGS Hudson out of service. Due to the scale of the problem and the time and cost to repair it, combined with the costs associated with an upcoming period of regulatory compliance work, it has been determined that the ship is beyond economical repair and further investment would not allow it to return to reliable service.
The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents of Owen Sound that Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Griffon will be working in the area on or about January 21, 2022. The purpose of this operation is to break ice so commercial vessels can navigate safely in and out of the area.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) annual icebreaking season on the Great Lakes, which provides assistance to the shipping industry, is underway. Working in partnership with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) District 9, the CCG has two icebreakers assigned to the Great Lakes for the entire winter season: CCGS Griffon and CCGS Samuel Risley. These vessels are supported as required by additional CCG vessels after the St. Lawrence Seaway reopens in March 2022.
Sarnia, Ontario – The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents in the areas of Fisher Harbour and Midland that the CCGS Griffon will carry out icebreaking operations, starting on or about January 11, 2022, for Midland, and January 13, 2022, for Fisher Harbour. The purpose of this operation is to break ice so commercial vessels can navigate safely in and out of the areas.
The Canadian Coast Guard completed its 2021 Arctic operational season on November 20, 2021. A total of eight icebreakers deployed to the Arctic this year, including a maiden voyage by the CCGS Jean Goodwill, the second of three medium interim icebreakers acquired by the Canadian Coast Guard in 2018.