MacKay announces $488 million for coast guard vessels
National Defence Minister Peter MacKay was in Halifax this morning to announce $488 million in funding for almost two dozen new vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.
Bids for the ships will only be accepted from shipyards not selected under the previously announced National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, he said.
(Halifax Chronicle-Herald)The vessels include search and rescue lifeboats, research and science vessels and others, in a total of six classes. Most are under 50 metres in length. The bidding will happen by class.
The vessels will be built over the next seven years to replace existing ships in the coast guard fleet. They will be stationed across the country.
Ten new lifeboats will be the first to be ordered. Those will replace 10 existing boats, and will be built to be self -righting.