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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2012/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 1
Over the last 50 years, with the support of all employees past and present, the Canadian Coast Guard has met countless challenges and developed recognized expertise, notably with respect to evolving icebreaking services.
One of the events that has marked its history in Quebec is the Saint-Pierre Lake ice jam in February 1993. As many as nine Canadian Coast Guard units worked simultaneously around the clock to break down the wall of ice and help 58 ships pass safely. This event gave the Canadian Coast Guard the opportunity to considerably advance its ice monitoring and control techniques. Not only was it able to make the most of existing methods, it also became familiar with new technologies such as the use of air cushion vehicles to break up ice. This capacity, discovered by chance during routine operations, helped develop to expertise unique to the Quebec Region and is now recognized around the world.
Another not-to-be-overlooked particularity is the icebreaking done on rivers to prevent flooding in different areas of Quebec. This initiative is highly appreciated by the people who live along their banks and adds a new specialty to the range of services provided by the Canadian Coast Guard, in addition to escorting vessels and icebreaking in harbours.
The fabulous history of the Canadian Coast Guard is far from over.
Throughout the year, a number of activities will be organized to salute this 50th anniversary. We invite you to visit the dedicated Web site to find out more. It is worth mentioning that Canada Post has contributed to the festivities by issuing a series of five stamps entitled “Canadian Pride” last January 16. One of these stamps features the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.
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