The Government of Canada is investing in new four-season lighted navigation buoys to ensure the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to keep Canadian seafarers and waterways safe.
On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced on October 5th the Canadian Coast Guard will receive 184 four-season lighted navigation buoys to be deployed in the St. Lawrence River shipping channel, between Québec and Montréal. These new modernized buoys are part of the Coast Guard’s network of over 17,000 aids to navigation located across the country, such as light houses and beacons, helping to maintain one of the safest navigation systems in the world.
The four-season buoys are unique in the world, designed using Canadian Coast Guard expertise to withstand the severe ice and tidal conditions found in the St. Lawrence shipping channel. They will remain in the water year-round and only require maintenance every two to four years. The four-season buoys will replace the seasonal navigation buoys operated by the Coast Guard that are currently deployed each summer and winter. The reduction in servicing and maintenance required for the new buoys, will allow the Coast Guard to achieve operational efficiencies.
In July 2018, the Government of Canada awarded a contract of $12,351,790 (including taxes) to Canam-Ponts from Québec, Quebec, for the procurement of 184 four-season lighted navigation buoys. The contract includes options to acquire up to 204 additional buoys.
“Our government is ensuring economic growth in Quebec and all over Canada. This investment is another example of our commitment in creating good middle class jobs, and I’m happy my constituents in Vimy and in Laval will directly benefit from this project.”
Member of Parliament for Vimy
• The new four-season lighted navigation buoys will replace the seasonal navigation buoys currently in place which require deployment, retrieval and maintenance to be performed in a short period of time during early spring and late fall.
• The first delivery of the four-season lighted navigational buoys is expected late October 2018 to the Canadian Coast Guard bases in the cities of Québec and Sorel.
• Two navigation buoy model sizes have been designed and will be built to be deployed in various locations of the St. Lawrence shipping channel, based on different operating water depth conditions. The larger buoy model measures 9.5 meters in length, a hull diameter of 1.3 meters, weighs 4,000 kilograms and will operate in water depth conditions of 9 to 30 meters. The smaller buoy model measures 8.7 meters in length, a hull diameter of 0.7 meters, weighs 2,100 kilograms and will operate in water depth conditions of 9 to 25 meters.
• The St. Lawrence River shipping channel provides passage to over 6,000 commercial vessels annually.
• Over 38 million tonnes of cargo, valued at $10 billion (CAD), was moved along the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2017.