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On October 1, 2013, it was with great pride and pleasure that I took over the new Central and Arctic Region of the Canadian Coast Guard. In fact, the  previous  issue of Infoceans featured structural changes that, notably, redefine regional geographic boundaries. The new region for which I am responsible numbers 1275 employees, including 700  seagoing members that are dedicated to the safety of commercial and recreational fishers, boaters and the shipping industry. Following this restructuring and thanks to funding of 1.6 billion dollars for fleet modernization, 20 ships, 17 rescue craft and  2 hovercraft (many of them newly built or refits) ply the waters of the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes and the Arctic.

During 2013, we will acquire four mid-shore patrol vessels: the CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. on the St. Lawrence and the CCGS Private Robertson V.C., Cap Teather and Constable Carrière on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The vessels will be used by joint Marine Security Enforcement teams made up of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Coast Guard. The new CCGS Leim will work as a scientific research vessel in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In 2014, fisheries patrol vessel CCGS Louisbourg will be replaced with the new CCGS A. LeBlanc. Our icebreakers received a significant investment  allowing re-engining of both the CCGS Pierre Radisson and Amundsen. In 2013, the Central and Arctic Region icebreaking units will participate in the seventh Operation Nanook, directed by the Department of National Defence, in the High Arctic.

We are also proud of our significant advances in electronic navigation, and we will continue to collaborate with the Montreal Port Authority, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, to assist larger Post-Panamax generation vessels to transit the St. Lawrence. Among the new initiatives, we will include  the testing of new buoys that will provide longer lighting service to mariners, while requiring less maintenance.

Moreover, in our efforts to protect coastal communities, we will focus on strengthening our environmental response capacity to ensure an appropriate response in the event of pollutant spills.

I invite you to visit our marine information portal, MarInfo which provides mariners with daily information on navigation conditions in the St. Lawrence, the Great Lakes and the Arctic.

Mario Pelletier, Assistant Commissioner,
Canadian Coast Guard Central & Arctic Region
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