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Harper Government Announces Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen Ready for Service in the Arctic

May 31 2013 12:00AM

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ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/31/13 -- Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced the completion of major work on the CCGS Amundsen. The Amundsen is back on the water and heading up to the Arctic.

"This investment demonstrates our government's deep commitment to ensuring that the Canadian Coast Guard continues to deliver its mandate of saving lives and keeping our waterways safe and accessible," said Minister Ashfield.

"I am proud to be a part of a government that is supporting the Canadian Coast Guard and creating jobs, right here in St. Catharines," said MP Dykstra. "We are creating a strong, ship-building nation and developing long-term economic opportunities for the Canadian shipbuilding industry while also ensuring the highest value for taxpayers' money."

Repairs to the CCGS Amundsen are being carried out over several years, starting with significant engine repairs and the installation of new generators. Work began last October in St. Catharines at Seaway Marine and Industrial Inc. These repairs are now complete, in time to have the vessel back in full service for the 2013 summer Arctic season. This work represents a $6 million contract for Seaway Marine and Industrial Inc.

The CCGS Amundsen is a Medium Icebreaker. Through an agreement with Universite Laval, the CCGS Amundsen has been converted into an Arctic science vessel and made available to the ArcticNet program for groundbreaking scientific research.

The repairs to the CCGS Amundsen are part of the unprecedented investment to the Canadian Coast Guard's fleet renewal program from Economic Action Plan 2012. Through this investment, the Government will extend the lives of 16 Coast Guard vessels and complete mid-life modernizations on an additional two existing hovercraft over the next 10 years.

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Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced the completion of major work on the CCGS Amundsen. The Amundsen is back on the water and heading up to the Arctic. This reinforces the Government's commitment to creating jobs and economic growth across Canada as well as to researching and developing Canada's Arctic.

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Contacts:
Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-990-7537

Barbara Mottram
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474





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