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Government of Canada awards contract under the Oceans Protection Plan to increase emergency offshore towing capability off B.C. coast

By BCShippingNews 10 August 2018
Government of Canada awards contract under the Oceans Protection Plan to increase emergency offshore towing capability off B.C. coast
Atlantic Towing to bring at least two emergency offshore towing vessels to BC...

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to achieve a world-leading marine safety system that protects Canada’s waters and coasts today and into the future. An important part of this Plan is ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to prevent potential marine pollution incidents.

Following an open and competitive process, Atlantic Towing Limited of Saint John, New Brunswick, has been awarded a three-year contract worth $67,013,720 (including taxes) for the lease of two emergency offshore towing vessels that will operate in the waters off the coast of British Columbia.

The vessels are capable of towing large commercial ships in distress, such as tankers and container ships, before they get too close to shore. As part of the contract, Atlantic Towing Limited will also provide training in offshore emergency towing to Coast Guard personnel and partners, including Indigenous communities, involved in marine safety.

This contract fulfills an immediate operational need to have vessels available as soon as possible, while the Government of Canada works in partnership with Indigenous communities and local stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy for emergency towing on the West Coast and across Canada.

The contract is for the provision of vessels for the next three years. The two leased vessels will be operated by Atlantic Towing Limited personnel, along with members of the Canadian Coast Guard, off the coast of British Columbia. One will patrol a northern area in Canadian waters between Alaska and the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and the other a southern area including the west side of Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Both vessels will be on-site in late 2018.