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Canadian C.G. Hovercraft in action

Got to see the Canadians in action yesterday between Pt. Roberts and Birch Head. It was a little snotty our there yesterday and we had a fisherman go over board who required a med-evac. They arrived about 20 minutes after the call went out, an amazing response time. It was an impressive sight to see this big hovercraft coming towards our boat doing around 40 knots or better. The three coasties who came aboard and took over the CPR knew their business. Anyway, it's nice to know that if it's really really really bad, that help ignores borders.

This is the type of craft that showed up:

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I am pleased to see this. Our government is way too stingy with the Navy and the CG, and while they just announced a new icebreaking CG frigate yesterday, it's good to see they've got something big and fast in that very busy stretch of water.

From yesterday's press release:



The Canadian Coast Guard’s most capable icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2017.

As such, the Government will replace this vessel with a new polar class icebreaker that has even greater icebreaking capabilities than the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.

Designing and building a massive Polar class icebreaker is a major national project. The John G. Diefenbaker is expected to take 8-10 years to design and build and carries a price-tag of $720 million.

The polar icebreaker will be approximately 140 metres in length and capable of sustained operations in the Arctic Archipelago over three seasons per year in very difficult ice conditions. (e.g., the ability to continuously break ice up to 2.5 meters thick). It will carry a crew of approximately 60 with accommodations for an additional 50 people. The polar icebreaker will also be able to accommodate a helicopter when required and has large cargo carrying capacity.

For comparison, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is able to operate two seasons, can continuously break ice up to 1.3 meters thick and has a crew of 44.

The CCGS JOHN G. DIEFENBAKER will:

# project a visible presence nine months a year throughout the Arctic portion of Canada’s Economic Exclusive Zone;

# promote Arctic science, by providing a platform for the conduct of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering research and development on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans and other government departments and agencies;

# collect weather and ice information through the measurement, monitoring and reporting of weather and ice conditions in all areas of operational interest; and

# contribute to continued Northern economic and commercial development.
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Wow. That's an impressive response time. Nice hardware too.

Kudos on that icebreaker, as well. Good stuff.
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Sadly, it's needed. Global warming (or whatever faith-based science wants to call it) is melting a path through the Canadian Arctic fast enough to make summer shipping plausible.

The U.S. considers our Arctic islands "international waters". Russia doesn't really ask.

We do not. We consider them internal waters, like Northumberland Strait or the Queen Charlottes. Nobody thinks the hundreds of islands in Tierra del Fuego are "international": they belong to either Argentina or Chile, and are respected as such.

Hence, circumstances are forcing a more concrete presence in formerly icebound Arctic waters. The damage a grounded or crushed oil tanker could do up there is incalculable, and if shipping becomes feasible in the High Arctic, there are plenty of reasons to restrict access.
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That's good to know Ray, there has been a lot of friction between the US and Canada in the news, nice to see that in an emergency they pull out all the stops to help. I hope we do the same? Pretty impressive ship, 40 knots!!!

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I suppose the real plus is that the ship can go straight up the ramp into the parking lot and just lower the guy into the ambulance!

I wonder if they ever do donut runs to Tim Horton's?
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