St. John’s Dockyard Limited has been awarded a contract worth $1.2 million for Vessel Life Extension (VLE) and refit work to Canadian Coast Guard vessel CCGS Cygnus, Canadian Ministers Gail Shea and Rob Moore announced.
This contract is awarded as part of the $360 million investment to extend the life of the Coast Guard fleet announced in February 2013. It will also be funded in part from the Coast Guard’s regular refit budget.
As part of the unprecedented investment to the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet renewal program allocated in Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government will extend the lives of sixteen Coast Guard vessels and complete mid-life modernizations on an additional two existing hovercraft over the next 10 years.
This investment will also enable the Coast Guard to procure 18-21 new vessels, up to five new Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels and up to five Offshore Patrol Vessels for its fleet.
“This investment is another example of our commitment to ensuring the safety of recreational boaters, sailors and fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador. Under our Government, the Canadian Coast Guard’s presence in this province has increased. For example, the Canadian Coast Guard’s newest science vessel, the CCGS Vladykov, and a new search and rescue lifeboat station have been located in the province,” Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans said.
Press Release, February 5, 2014