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Since it closure in 2013, the Kitselano Coast Guard base, in British Columbia, has been unable to assist in ocean related disasters, or provide key information regarding our oceans ecosystem. Thankfully the new federal minister in charge of the Canadian Coast Guard, Justin Trudeau, has given orders to reopen the Kitselano Coast Guard base.

The Government of Canada recently awarded a build contract for the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards.  This work will not only bring long-term economic benefits to the marine industry but also related sectors in communities across Canada.  The OFSV will replace three existing Coast Guard vessels on the East and West Coasts of Canada and will be used for critical scientific research and ecosystem-based management.

Former Kitselano station commander, Fred Moxey, said that he’d like to see the base not just reopened but expanded to accommodate the Vancouver Police Coast Guard 6Department’s marine unit, the Port Metro Vancouver fire boats, and marine section of Canada Customs, allowing it to function as a command center for any large-scale disasters.

There is no doubt there is a lot of work to be done before everything is up and running,  as the tidal floats needed for the docks have been removed and the building has had all its electronics stripped out.  It has been suggested that the they bring the $300,000 portable building around on a barge and use it as a temporary station until the old one is refurbished.

Crystal Cam® is looking forward to all the potential developments these new boats will bring to the offshore research sector and the regained aid in having the Kitselano Coast Guard search and rescue base open again.

For more information on Crystal Cam® Cameras and how they can be used for search and rescue or environmental research, contact us at

www.info@crystal-cam.com

For more information on the re-opening of the Kitselano Coast Guard

http://www.nsnews.com/news/justin-trudeau-orders-kits-coast-guard-base-reopened-1.2111310#sthash.upJNn8vy.dpuf

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/harper-government-celebrates-start-construction-first-offshore-fisheries-science-vessel-2032769.htm

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