Canadian Coast Guard welcomes CCGS Shediac Bay to service

DARTMOUTH, NS, September 13, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Coast Guard plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of mariners and the protection of from Canada marine environment. That’s why providing members of the Canadian Coast Guard with the ships they need to continue providing these essential services to Canadians under the National Shipbuilding Strategy is a priority for the Government of Canada.

Today, the Coast Guard officially welcomed the CCGS Shediac Bay to the Coast Guard Fleet at the Search and Rescue Station of Saint John, New Brunswick.

Gary Ivanythe Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region joined the elder Chris Brooks of Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) and Senator Jim Quinnthe ship’s sponsor, during the traditional ceremonial breaking of a bottle at the bow of the ship.

CCGS Shediac Bay was acquired by the government of Canada in May 2022. The ship is the 12th of 20 new SAR lifeboats commissioned by the Canadian Coast Guard and named after geographic bays across Canada.

The lifeboats are specially designed, equipped and equipped to respond to search and rescue incidents at sea. These vessels will operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore, maintain a maximum state of readiness for 30 minutes and are generally ready to react as soon as an alert is received.

These ships are stationed across Canada provide key search and rescue services including water searches, response to distress calls at sea as well as assistance to disabled vessels.


“The CCGS Shediac Bay is one of twenty new Canadian-built search and rescue vessels to join the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. These vessels will provide our search and rescue teams with state-of-the-art equipment to help keep Canadians safe on the water. »

The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Fast facts

  • The CCGS Shediac Bay is classed as a search and rescue boat, which can maintain a speed of up to 25 knots, and has a crew of four. CCGS Shediac Bay was accepted into the Coast Guard fleet in May 2022.
  • The series of 20 ships is being built by Chantier Naval Forillon (Gaspé, Quebec) and hiking metal products (Wheatley, Ontario), 10 per shipyard.
  • Lifeboats are informally referred to as “Bay-class” vessels, as each is named after a Canadian bay.
  • These shore-based self-righting lifeboats were built to: provide key search and rescue services, including:
    • research water
    • respond to distress calls at sea
    • provide assistance to disabled vessels
    • operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore
    • replace current Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue vessels
  • Each year, the Canadian Coast Guard responds to more than 6,000 calls for marine assistance. On an average day, the Coast Guard coordinates the response to 19 search and rescue incidents, assists 68 people and saves 18 lives.
  • The new SAR lifeboats will help from Canada the blue economy by keeping our waters safe for seafarers and supporting environmental response operations to reduce the impacts of marine pollution in our waters.

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SOURCE Canadian Coast Guard

For further information: Kevin Lemkay, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 613-992-3474, [email protected]; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region, 902-407-8439, [email protected]