The Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Cape Roger was recently refitted with $12 million of improvements. The refit was completed under Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Minister Keith Ashfield toured the ship Nov. 19 and met with crewmembers while the ship was moored in St. John’s harbour.
In 2009, the federal government invested $175 million in the Canadian Coast Guard for major repair work on 40 of its large vessels, as well as the acquisition of 98 new small craft and vessels.
The ship is responsible for delivering programs for Search and Rescue, Environmental Response Training and also for conducting NAFO patrols on behalf of DFO’s Ecosystems and Fisheries Management branch.
Since 2006, Ottawa has committed to renewing the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. This investment of $1.4 billion includes the procurement of small vessels and small craft, repairs and vessel life extensions as part of the Economic Action Plan, and construction of nine ‘Hero Class’ Patrol Vessels, three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, one Air Cushioned Vehicle and a new Polar Icebreaker – ‘CCGS John G. Diefenbaker’.
The icebreaker and the offshore science vessels will be constructed as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, led by Public Works and Government Services Canada.