Category Archives: CCGS

Man in the Water off Peggys Cove

Reports are a 25year old male was swept off the rocks at Peggy’s Cove.
Local Fisherman, Halifax Emergency Services are on Scene, as is a RCAF Cormorant Helicopeter, and CCGS Sambro. It appears that CCGS Sir William Alexander and CCGS Louis St Laurent are joining the search.

UPDATE:  Sir William Alexander is there, Louis St Laurent has gone elsewhere.

JRCC reports CCGS Ann Harvey Taking on Water

the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Center has advised that 2 cormorant Helicopters and 2 vessels have been dispatched to the Coast Guard Ice breaker Ann Harvey, who is reportedly taking on water. Ann Harvey was breaking ice tending buoys off Burgeo NL at the time of the incident.

She spent a week in Halifax In march.

There are 28 persons aboard, 26 crew, along with 2 cadets, and no one has been injured.
reports are the Ingress is due to the vessel striking bottom. The Burgeo Lifeboat CCGS WG George is on scene assisting and has a tow line attached to the Ann Harvey. The Louis St Laurent is 10-12 hours away, and will be released by the CCGS Teleost on her arrival, expected Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE 02/04/15 1000: She has lost propulsion, as Motor Room is flooded. Ann Harvey is powered by 3 diesels, which drive generators. The 2 fixed pitch propellers are driven by electric motors, which are located in the flooded compartment.

the 2 cadets, and 2 non essential crew members have been evacuated from the ship. DND has sent a team of Navy divers to Newfoundland to survey the vessel, and HMCS Charlottetown also departed Halifax Wednesday to provide support.

Louis Ste Laurent was due around midnight, and was planning to tow the Ann Harvey to safe anchorage in Connoire Bay. 

Update 1200: DFO Photo of Ann harvey at anchor

Dartmouth CG Base Sold.

Finance minister just announced that Waterfront Development has purchased the Dartmouth Coast Guard Base as the location for an Ocean Technology Hub.

Update: Here is the Press Release
The former Canadian Coast Guard land on the Dartmouth waterfront will be home to an ocean innovation center.

The Waterfront Development Corporation has received approval from the provincial government to purchase the land from the federal government.

The corporation will now work with the provincial government, industry and post-secondary schools to develop the center, where ocean technology research and private sector marine businesses can work together to drive more investment, commercialization, exports and growth.

The annual global market value for ocean-related goods and services is $3 trillion.

“Nova Scotia is home to some of the world’s best ocean technology companies,” said Jim Hanlon, CEO of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise. “Providing this new facility as a space for collaboration and waterfront testing will allow those companies to more effectively innovate and compete globally.

“Having this as shared space brings even more value to industry and to the students who will create the next generation of ocean industries.”

More than 200 companies make up Nova Scotia’s ocean science and technology sector. Activity includes science, fisheries, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding and maritime security.

“The ocean is our competitive advantage,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “Acquiring the land is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, preserving a key site that will create new markets and opportunities for people in Nova Scotia’s marine and ocean-related sectors.”

Located at 27 Parker St., the property includes buildings, waterfront and over 850 metres of wharf and two 100 metre piers.

The property is a 9.5-acre site plus water lot. The purchase price is $6.5 million.

“Waterfront property holds great strategic value for the province and our economy,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation. “This purchase creates an exciting opportunity to cluster ocean technology companies with Nova Scotia’s world-class marine research programs, enabling direct ocean access to support their work.”

An ocean innovation action team is in place to guide the vision and strategic direction for the ocean innovation centre.

The centre supports OneNS goals linked to business startups, exports from growth-oriented companies, and research and development partnerships.

Nova Scotia is recognized internationally for ocean research done by Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Royal Canadian Navy, and a growing sector of export oriented ocean technology companies.

The Canadian Coast Guard now operates from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

CCGS Terry Fox

With the recent stream of Newfoundland based coast guard vessels, its not a huge surprise that the CCGS Terry Fox put into port today just after 5:30. She was also here last march for bunkers and supplies, and will likely do the same before sailing back into the gulf for ice breaking Duties.

CCGS Cape Roger, an Offshore Patrol Boat based in Newfoundland also spent some time at BIO last week.

Pitstops for Icebreakers

The past week has seen stops by several icebreakers Assigned to Gulf of St Lawrence and Newfoundland waters, based out of St. John’s. Stops were for supplies and to take on additional Fuel.
Last year brought a Simalr parade of icebreakers in March.

First Up was the Henry Larsen, Classed as a Medium Gulf Icebreaker, she is also the newest Icebreaker in the fleet., and third largest. She tied up at BIO, then moved to imperial Oil before Sailing.

Second Was the Louis St Laurent. She Tied up at BIO, then took bunkers from the Algoma Dartmouth.

Finally the Weekend brought a stop from the Ann Harvey, who tied up at BIO.

File Photos due to weather.

SAR Exercises in Mahone Bay and Halifax this week


The Canadian Coast gurad is excercising this week in Mahone Bay. RCMP, DND, Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Coast Guard, the French navy, fire departments from Chester and Mahone Bay, emergency measures organizations, paramedics and local ground search and rescue units are all taking part.

GuardEx14 will continue on Tuesday in Mahone Bay then move to Halifax Harbour on Wednesday. CCGS Sir William Alexander, CCGS G. Peddle S.C, CCGS Sambro, and USCGC Spencer have all been seen active in the area. French Participation is likely with Fulmar.

Hero #8 turned Over

The government announced the acceptance of the eighth of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS M. Charles M.B.
 
The CCGS M. Charles M.B. was named after Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B., of Bamfield, British Columbia, and Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band. Martin Charles, now deceased, devoted his life and career to saving lives. He earned the Medal of Bravery for his instrumental role in a search and rescue incident that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the crash of the helicopter assisting in the rescue efforts.

This Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will be based on the West Coast and was constructed in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow when the vessel arrives in its home region.

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