Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield announces a new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station for Burin. The announcement was made in St. John’s today on board the Coast Guard icebreaker George R. Pearkes. Behind Ashfield is Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield today announced that a new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboat Station will be built in Burin to replace the existing facility.
A news release states the $6.6-million lifeboat station will allow the wharf and operations building at the existing station to be replaced. The new facility will bring improvements in service delivery.
Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in the spring and is scheduled for completion in 2015. Search and rescue operations will remain at the existing site until the new site is constructed.
“The safety of fishermen, recreational boaters, shippers and sailors is a top priority of the Canadian Coast Guard,” Ashfield said. “As part of our ongoing efforts to upgrade and replace Coast Guard resources across Canada, this new facility will provide critical lifesaving search and rescue service for years to come.”
The Burin Lifeboat Station is home to the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter W. Jackman, a search and rescue vessel providing 24-hour coverage with a crew of four. The new station will include construction of a wharf, operations building with living quarters and a storage facility.
In addition to search and rescue services, the new facility will provide added capacity for the operation of rigid-hulled inflatable boats from the Conservation and Protection Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
For more on the story, see Friday’s Telegram.