Government of Canada Invests in the Canadian Coast Guard

April 22, 2010 14:22

Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador - Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced that C&W Industrial Fabrication of Bay Bulls, Newfoundland and Labrador, will build 15 new environmental response barges for the Canadian Coast Guard. The $2.5 million contract was awarded as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, reports with reference to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is creating jobs and opportunities across the country," said Senator Manning.  "Our government is pleased that its investment in the Coast Guard will create jobs, benefit workers in Bay Bulls and help save lives."

The new barges will become part of the Coast Guard's Environmental Response program. They will be 9.4 metres in length, and will replace existing barges that the Coast Guard operates across the country. All 15 new barges are expected to be delivered by 2011.

"This investment will enhance the Coast Guard's ability to respond to spills that threaten our marine environment, which is a critical service for all Canadians," said Senator Manning. "We can be assured that our Coast Guard is at the forefront of protecting the marine environment."

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing $175 million in the Canadian Coast Guard to procure 68 new small vessels and 30 environmental barges, and to undertake major repair work on 40 of its largest vessels.

"C&W are known worldwide for the quality of their workmanship. Their record of excellence is a great source of pride to Newfoundland and Labrador and I am confident that will continue into the future," said Senator Manning.

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