OTTAWA – The Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the safety of mariners and to support economic growth by increasing its capability to deliver critical services on Canada’s waterways.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Canadian Coast Guard have concluded two supply arrangements (SAs) for additional marine services such as icebreaking and aids to navigation. Starting this winter, the Coast Guard will be able to provide taskings under the SAs to available private sector partners on an as/when needed basis.
These agreements are intended to facilitate commercial navigation, and also to ensure the protection of marine environments by making more resources available to the Coast Guard in the event of an environmental response.
In addition to these SAs, the Coast Guard continues to assess its options in the short and long term to increase its icebreaking capability. These measures offer users of Canadian marine waterways a reliable, efficient and flexible service until the arrival of new vessels built as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
“The women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard work hard every day across the country, to ensure the safety of mariners and the marine environment, and to keep our waterways safe for trade. This is a proactive solution to help the Coast Guard to maintain critical services where demand or challenging ice conditions warrant. We are ensuring that the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence, two important economic corridors that are crucial to the Canadian economy, have full icebreaking capacity this winter.”
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Our Government is committed to equipping the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard with the ships they need to serve Canadians. Pending the arrival of new vessels being built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are taking necessary steps to respond to new and evolving requirements, and examining all options through fair, open and transparent processes.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada
- In recent years, the Coast Guard has faced increasing demand for icebreaking services due to changing weather conditions, longer ice seasons and a global rise in demand for icebreaking services.
- Marine traffic contributes more than $200 billion to Canada’s economy.
- The services targeted by these arrangements include:
- ice clearance and ice navigation;
- removing ice from buoys;
- icebreaking and vessel assistance;
- stabilizing vessels in distress;
- towing; and
- assistance in the event of fire aboard a vessel.
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