|By Marketwired .||
|August 7, 2014 10:48 AM EDT||
ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/14 -- Editors' Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, today announced the awarding of a $3 million contract to Heddle Marine Service Newfoundland for the second phase of Vessel Life Extension (VLE) and refit work to Canadian Coast Guard vessel CCGS Cygnus. The work will be completed at the Coast Guard base in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The contract includes upgrades to fitted equipment and systems such as the propulsion control and steering systems to improve the operation and reliability of the vessel. A performance monitoring system will also be installed to provide real time accounting of fuel consumption allowing for optimal operation of the vessel.
As part of the major investment to the Canadian Coast Guard's fleet renewal program announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada will extend the lives of 16 Coast Guard vessels and complete mid-life modernizations on two hovercraft. This investment will also enable the Coast Guard to procure approximately 20 new vessels for its fleet.
-- Work is scheduled to begin in August 2014 and be completed by January 2015. -- 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. -- Home ported in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, the CCGS Cygnus is an Offshore Patrol Vessel capable of operating beyond 120 nautical miles including outside the Exclusive Economic Zone. It is used primarily for fisheries enforcement and search and rescue on the Atlantic coast.
"Our Government has made unprecedented investments in the Canadian Coast Guard to enable the men and women of the Coast Guard to continue their important work. This investment is yet another example of our commitment to ensuring the safety of recreational boaters, sailors and fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a result of this work, the CCGS Cygnus is expected to remain in service until 2022."
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
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