As part of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy and in accordance with the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet renewal planning, six new icebreakers will be built for the Coast Guard. These icebreakers are fundamental to year-round safe and efficient movement of ships and goods in Canadian waters.
As part of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (small vessel construction) and the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet renewal planning, the Coast Guard is receiving 20 new High-Endurance Search and Rescue Lifeboats. Contracts to build the lifeboats were awarded to Chantier Naval Forillon of Gaspé, Québec and Hike Metal Products Ltd of Wheatley, Ontario.
The Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) was launched in 2010 with the goal of providing the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy with the vessels they need while also revitalizing Canadian shipyards, and Canada’s marine industry, and creating good quality jobs and business opportunities for Canadians across the country.
The Canadian Coast Guard has a wide range of responsibilities across Canada, including Icebreaking, Search and Rescue, Aids to Navigation, and Environmental Response, and relies on having the necessary equipment to carry out its work year-round. In August 2018, Chantier Davie of Levis, Quebec was awarded a $610 million dollar contract for the acquisition of three interim icebreakers for the Coast Guard.
Captain Myrtle ‘Molly’ Kool (1916-2009) was a pioneer in Canada’s maritime history. The first woman in North America to become a licensed ship captain, Kool helped pave the way for future generations of women in her field. Born into a family of mariners in Alma, New Brunswick, Kool was on the water since her early days, where she built her career and reputation as a courageous and fearless mariner.
In 2016, the Government of Canada awarded a $5 million contract to build two Channel Survey and Sounding Vessels (CSSV) as part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s long-term Fleet Renewal Plan. These vessels are being built in Canada by Kanter Marine, located in St. Thomas, Ontario, as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy small vessel construction program.