DARTMOUTH, NS, August 4, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Coast Guard plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of mariners and the protection of from Canada marine environment. That’s why providing Canadian Coast Guard personnel with the vessels they need to continue providing these essential services to Canadians under the National Shipbuilding Strategy is a priority for the Government of Canada.
Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Mike Kelwayon behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Joyce Murray, officially welcomed the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel (CCGS) Poile Bay to the Canadian Coast Guard fleet during a commitment ceremony at the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Station in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
Parliamentary Secretary Kelloway was accompanied by Gary IvanyDeputy Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region, on behalf of Mario PelletierCommissioner, Canadian Coast Guard, Elder Lawrence Wells of Membertou First Nation, and the ship’s sponsor, Lloydette MacDonald participate in the traditional ceremonial bottle breaking at the bow of the ship.
CCGS Poile Bay was delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard in August 2021. The ship is the tenth of 20 new search and rescue boats that are named after geographic bays across Canada.
Lifeboats are specially designed, outfitted and equipped to respond to search and rescue incidents at sea. These vessels can operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore, maintain a maximum state of readiness for 30 minutes and are generally ready to react as soon as an alert is received.
These ships are stationed across Canada provide key search and rescue services including water searches, response to distress calls at sea as well as assistance to disabled vessels.
“I am honored to welcome the NGCC Poile Bay in service, as the government of Canada keep renewing from Canada federal fleet under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. This investment will provide Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue personnel with state-of-the-art equipment to help respond to rescue incidents safely, efficiently and effectively. »
The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“The importance of these Bay-class search and rescue vessels cannot be overstated. That’s because when distress calls come in, it’s the Canadian Coast Guard that answers. Cape Breton–Canso and lifelong resident of the riding, I know the CCGS La Poile Bay is a reassuring presence to rural and coastal Canadians who make their living at sea and a great comfort to their loved ones ashore. »
Mike KelwayParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“It is a great day for our staff and Canadians to have the CCGS La Poile Bay dedicated to service. These search and rescue boats help us keep our waters safe for mariners and support our marine response capabilities. Ships like these allow the Canadian Coast Guard to provide essential services to protect mariners and the marine environment.”
Mario PelletierCommissioner, Canadian Coast Guard
- The CCGS Poile Bay is classed as a search and rescue boat, which can maintain a speed of up to 25 knots, and has a crew of four.
- CCGS Poile Bay was accepted into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet in August 2021. This is the tenth ship delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
- A series of 20 search and rescue boats are being built at Chantier Naval Forillon (Gaspé, Quebec) and Metal Hike (Wheatley, Ontario) (10 per shipyard).
- Lifeboats are informally referred to as “Bay-class” vessels, as each is named after a Canadian bay.
- These shore-stationed self-righting lifeboats were built to provide key search and rescue services, including:
- research water
- respond to distress calls at sea
- provide assistance to disabled vessels
- operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore
- Each year, the Canadian Coast Guard responds to more than 6,000 calls for marine assistance. On an average day, the Canadian Coast Guard coordinates the response to 19 search and rescue incidents, assists 68 people and saves 18 lives.
- The new search and rescue boats contribute to from Canada the blue economy by keeping our waters safe for seafarers and supporting environmental response operations to reduce the impacts of marine pollution in our waters.
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SOURCE Canadian Coast Guard
For further information: Claire Teichman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 604-679-5462, [email protected]; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region, 902-407-8439, [email protected]