Canadian Coast Guard completes 2021 Arctic operational season
YELLOW KNIFE, NT, December 21, 2021 / CNW / – The Canadian Coast Guard completed its 2021 operational season in the Arctic on 20 November 2021. A total of eight icebreakers deployed to the Arctic this year, including a maiden voyage of the CCGS Jean Goodwill, the second of three intermediate icebreakers acquired by the Canadian Coast Guard in 2018.
The presence of the Canadian Coast Guard in from Canada The Arctic allows the summer replenishment of the communities of from Canada North, and provides key services including search and rescue, icebreaking, scientific research support, marine communications and traffic services, aids to navigation and marine environmental response.
During the 2021 Arctic operational season, the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Center (MCTS) of Iqaluit provided support to 159 vessels, for a total of 1,263 voyages in the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) area. These ships included Canadian Coast Guard ships, freighters, tankers and bulk carriers. The center will remain open until 20 December 2021, date on which NORDREG services will be provided by the SCTM center in Les Escoumins, Quebec until the opening of the 2022 arctic season.
To reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in remote and vulnerable communities, pleasure craft and cruise ships are prohibited from operating indoors from Canada Coastal waters of the Arctic as well as northern coastal areas Quebec and Labrador, under Transport Canada measures, between February 4, 2021 and February 28, 2022. As a result, six vessels, including general cargo and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers, completed full transits through the Northwest Passage this season, compared to eight vessels the previous year.
The Canadian Coast Guard was involved in 22 search and rescue cases in 2021, while the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary responded to 34 cases. As part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Arctic region search and rescue programs, Rankin Inlet The Coastal Rescue Craft Station crew have completed four training exercises, responded to three search and rescue cases and have traveled more than 854 nautical miles this season. The station closed on September 7, 2021 and will reopen in June 2022.
As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Canadian Coast Guard is actively working with Indigenous and northern residents to support the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Arctic. As part of the Indigenous Community Volunteering Pilot Program, 16 new dedicated search and rescue vessels are currently operating in the Arctic region, enabling local communities to respond to search and rescue incidents offshore. their ribs. Five additional community boats are under construction for Aklavik, Northwest Territories, Igloolik, NU, Kangiqsujuaq, QC, Naujaat, NU, and Sanirajak, NU, with deliveries scheduled for 2022.
Because January 2021, the Canadian Coast Guard Arctic Region led and / or participated in a total of nineteen exercises, including Operation Nanook Tatigiit 2021 and a joint search and rescue training exercise with the Coast Guard American Healy near Solved, NU. The exercises focused primarily on interoperability between government and industrial partners, with one exercise being conducted at the geographic North Pole.
This year, Environmental Response offered training and exercises in Churchill, Man., Hay river, Northwest Territories, Iqaluit, NU, and Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. The environmental response program received and investigated 38 marine incident reports, 25 of which required enhanced monitoring or response due to pollution or the risk of pollution.
The Canadian Hydrographic Service has had a successful Arctic data acquisition season. This was made possible through the Oceans Protection Plan and the support of three Canadian Coast Guard vessels with specialized seabed mapping programs, as well as a contract survey vessel that included a surface vessel without crew. The hydrographic data acquired will allow the Canadian Hydrographic Service to produce and update nautical charts and publications for Arctic waters, directly contributing to safer navigation in the region. A total of 33,650 km2 was recorded in the Arctic in 2021.
Canadian Coast Guard seasonal icebreaking operations in the Arctic will resume in May 2022, however, the Coast Guard maintains a permanent presence in the Arctic year round.
“2021 has been another successful year for our Arctic regional team, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Coast Guard continues to work in partnership with Indigenous peoples and Northerners to understand the unique priorities and challenges of the region so that they can continue to effectively deliver services and programs, and protect and preserve the Arctic ecosystems, now and in the future. “
The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“I would like to thank the Canadian Coast Guard and the Inuit and Auxiliary partners of the Canadian Coast Guard Northern for completing the 2021 Arctic season of operations. from Canada The Oceans Protection Plan ensures that the Canadian Coast Guard and Auxiliaries are able to provide essential resupply, search and rescue, icebreaking and survey services to our northern communities. These could not have been accomplished without the contribution and collaboration of Indigenous peoples and northern communities. “
The Honorable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport
“I am proud of another successful Arctic season to ensure the safety of sailors and the protection of the marine environment. Our dedicated and experienced crew members have worked hard to provide essential services like search and rescue and icebreaking to northern communities which are key to community resupply.
Mario pelletier, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard
“Many challenges have arisen since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Canadian Coast Guard’s level of service has been maintained. Our Arctic region is growing and our presence throughout the year is an important part of building positive and effective relationships. collaborate with our northern partners. We continually work with Inuit, First Nations and Métis governments and organizations, as well as all northern partners, to expand an Arctic region that works for all Canadians.
Neil o’rourke, Assistant Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard, Arctic Region
The Canadian Coast Guard also provides seasonal aids to navigation services which are essential for commercial vessel traffic in the Canadian Arctic during the summer months, including on the Mackenzie River and Great Slave Lake in the Territories. of the Northwest. Both the CCGS Dumit and CCGS Eccaloo are operational from June to October in the Northwest Territories.
In collaboration with the Department of National Defense, the Canadian Coast Guard coordinates maritime search and rescue operations at three Joint Rescue Coordination Centers (JRCCs) located in Halifax, Trenton, and Victoria.
Between June 17 and November 20, 2021 our arctic operations recorded the following:
58 commercial escorts
11 ice reconnaissance missions by helicopter
42 337 nautical miles traveled by combined icebreakers
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SOURCE Canadian Coast Guard
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