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« on: August 29, 2013, 05:02:19 pm »

I learned that sailing days of the CCGS Tracy are over.  The ship is currently tied up at Precott Ontario waiting, probably to going to be on sale soon. It's weird, because it ad a major refit few year ago at Verreault ship yard.  We will miss this regular ship that we saw so often on the St-Laurence River.

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2013, 12:05:01 am »

Yes weird!! What is going on here???
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2013, 11:34:59 pm »

qhat is going on is STEPHEN HARPER and his CRONies ruining then CCG ability to do its job
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2013, 12:58:33 pm »

This is from the government web site. Was this work done? If so the vessel was supposed to remain in service for at least ten years after the refit. Huh

September 23, 2009

LES MĖCHINS, Québec – Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that workers and businesses in the Gaspé area will benefit from major repairs to the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Tracy.

“The $6.8M contract for the refit of the CCGSTracy has been awarded to Verreault Navigation Inc.,” said Mr. Blaney. “This Government of Canada investment in the Canadian Coast Guard also supports the local shipbuilding industry.”

This repair work is the first phase of a major life extension project for the CCGSTracy. The Canadian Coast Guard expects that the repairs will ensure the vessel remains in service for the next ten years.

Based in Québec City, the CCGS Tracy is one of the Coast Guard’s medium-endurance multi-tasked vessels. Its primary duties include tending to aids to navigation, resupplying lighthouses, search and rescue operations and fisheries enforcement.

“This project, made possible through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, is creating jobs, benefiting local businesses and strengthening the economy in Les Méchins,” said Mr. Blaney.

“Our Government is following through on its commitment to procure, repair and refit vessels in Canada,” Mr. Blaney said. “We recognize that Canada’s marine industry is a key economic driver and the lifeblood of many communities, from coast to coast to coast.”
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 12:36:41 am »

Here is the explanation why this happened. Sorry, it's a french article. 

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/politique/201205/20/01-4527025-coupes-a-peches-et-oceans-canada-des-francophones-inquiets.php

To resume, it is said the there will be job lost in the coast-guard and that include job cut of the ccgs tracy crew. 

This may be a good ship to be converted into a museum, the ship is in good shape.  Will see what happened next.

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2013, 08:35:54 pm »

Merci Daniel

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2013, 12:08:46 am »

This from the following blog Sunday, September 8, 2013:

Ship Movements at St. John's and other ports in Newfoundland

"VOCM is reporting that the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell has been taken out of service. The ship entered cold lay-up last Monday, the crew taken off, spare parts removed, the ship will be out until next April.
Local activist and former Coast Guard employee Merv Wiseman, in his experience, once this happens to a ship they never return to service.

This is another case of the Federal Government downgrading Search & Rescue service in Newfoundland and Labrador, in my opinion and this will continue to endanger the people who make their living from the sea "
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2013, 11:45:56 pm »

2000+ views, thank-you les bateaux du quebec for bringing such an important development to light for us all to witness...
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2013, 12:34:25 am »

And by the way, CCGS Des Groseillers is now in Montréal. On their web site, they says it is laid up or winter lay up. Anyone have an idea why that?

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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2013, 01:20:19 am »

This editorial from Nunatsiaq News. It looks like there is more concern for the state of the Coast Guard...

"EDITORIAL: Around the Arctic September 20, 2012 - 2:03 pm
In its 50th year, the Coast Guard proved its worth
NUNATSIAQ NEWS
The CCGS Des Groseilliers lies close to Iqaluit this past August. The crew of the Des Groseilliers and the CCGS Terry Fox led a variety of fuel and cargo vessels through the ice-choked waters of Frobisher Bay this past summer. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)
The CCGS Des Groseilliers lies close to Iqaluit this past August. The crew of the Des Groseilliers and the CCGS Terry Fox led a variety of fuel and cargo vessels through the ice-choked waters of Frobisher Bay this past summer. (PHOTO BY JIM BELL)

After an unusual summer that featured fog, rain, heavy ice and unpredictable winds throughout much of the Eastern Arctic, many Nunavut residents likely came to appreciate the valuable and sometimes life-essential work of the Canadian Coast Guard, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Here’s a list of some of the services that crew members aboard Coast Guard vessels performed this year in eastern Nunavut:

• July 11: the CCGS Henry Larsen escorted the MV Nanny, a tanker operated by the Woodward Group, through the heavy sea-ice of Frobisher Bay to Iqaluit, where it was able to offload a vital supply of fuel;

• July 27: the coast guard icebreakers Terry Fox and Des Groseilliers escort two sealift vessels, the MV Qamutik and the MV Anna Desgagnés into Iqaluit;

• Aug. 3: the crew of CCGS Des Groseilliers ferry 76 students and 40 educators from the Iqaluit breakwater to the research vessel MV Akademik Ioffe;

• Aug. 10: the crew of CCGS Des Groseilliers helped rescue a critically-ill crew member of the MV Zélada Desgagnés in Davis Strait so the man could be flown to hospital in Iqaluit;

• Sept. 5: the CCGS Terry Fox picked up five stranded narwhal hunters and returned them to Arctic Bay;

• Sept. 9: the CCGS Pierre Radisson assisted nine hunters from Cape Dorset stranded on Coats Island and gave them the supplies they needed to make it to Coral Harbour.

That’s not meant to serve as a complete list. But it helps to illustrate why Nunavut residents ought to be worried about the aging icebreaking vessels that make these services possible, because even the federal government admits its Arctic Coast Guard fleet is close to breaking down.

“In recent years it has become apparent that the inadequate recapitalization of our assets would eventually result in the inability of CCG to sustain its required levels of service,” the Coast Guard’s 2011-2014 business plan states.

In plain language, this means that in past years, the federal government did not replace the Coast Guard’s vessels when they should have. And it means that if this neglect were to continue, the Coast Guard will not serve the public in the future as well as it serves the public now.

The Coast Guard isn’t cheap to operate. In 2011-12, the service expects to have spent $392 million in operating costs, including $60.4 million on icebreaking services, much of that in the North.

From late June to about mid-November each year, the Coast Guard uses six icebreakers to serve the Arctic. The oldest of these are starting to wear out and break down.

In October 2011, the 42-year-old Louis St-Laurent, the largest and heaviest icebreaker in the Coast Guard’s fleet, was marooned for weeks off Cambridge Bay after suffering damage to one of its propellers. The 33-year-old Amundsen, which now serves as a research vessel, sits in dry dock at Trois-Rivières, Que. this year, receiving extensive repairs to four of its six engines.

Replacing this fleet won’t be cheap either. The Coast Guard’s total assets are worth about $14 billion, $12.5 billion of which represent the estimated replacement value of its vessels, including its fleet of Arctic icebreakers. This means the federal government must soon make some hefty expenditures.

The Conservative government’s response to this has been less than impressive. In the 2005 federal election campaign, Stephen Harper promised a Conservative government, if elected, would build three new icebreakers.

But once in government, the Tories morphed that commitment into a $3.1-billion scheme to build six to eight Arctic patrol ships for the Royal Canadian Navy. Known derisively as “slush-breakers,” these vessels won’t be able to operate in the heavy ice that chokes Arctic waters well into July each year.

In 2008, at an Operation Nanook exercise in Inuvik, Harper announced a plan to build an actual icebreaker. This vessel, the John G. Diefenbaker, intended to replace the Louis St-Laurent in 2017, will cost at least $720 million.

But this ship still hasn’t made it past the design stage. And the project is already behind schedule. The contract to design the John G. Diefenbaker wasn’t awarded until February, well past the original deadline of November 2011. An actual construction contract has yet to be awarded.

In the meantime, Ottawa has forged ahead with the Arctic patrol ship scheme, having awarded the construction contract to a shipyard in Halifax owned by Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Once built, will these vessels be capable of leading tankers and cargo vessels to Arctic destinations through heavy ice? No. they won’t be built to provide icebreaking services for others. Will they be of any use in search and rescue work? Who knows? The federal government doesn’t mention this in a list of “proposed capabilities.”

To be fair, the federal government, in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget this past March, announced $5.2 billion in spending for the Coast Guard over 11 years, to upgrade ships and helicopters.

However, there are few details on how Ottawa will spend this money. On the year of its 50th anniversary, Canada’s Coast Guard fleet still faces an uncertain future.JB"

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/
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