Canadian Coast Guard to name first Bay-class SAR lifeboat as Conception Bay

Canadian minister of fisheries Dominic LeBlanc has revealed that the Canadian Coast Guard’s first Bay-class search and rescue (SAR) lifeboat will be named after Conception Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The minister also said that the remaining 19 boats of the class will be named after geographical bays across Canada.

LeBlanc said: “Infrastructure investment is a priority for our government. It benefits all Canadians and demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to promote the maritime industry—a key economic sector for a number of regions.

“We are proud of this investment in the new search and rescue lifeboats, and the tribute to our vast and beautiful country by naming them after bays, including Conception Bay.

In July 2015, Chantier Naval Forillon and Hike Metal were awarded contracts totalling $89.2m to build twelve of the new SAR lifeboats.

Construction of the new vessels started in August 2016 with deliveries expected in the summer of this year.

The new high-endurance, self-righting SAR lifeboats, which are said to be the first small vessels to be built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, will operate up to 100nm from shore, delivering improved search and rescue capability.

The future CCGS Conception Bay, which will be stationed in the Atlantic region, along with the other assets will be deployed to provide SAR services including searches on the water, marine distress response calls as well as assistance to disabled vessels.

Of the 20 new SAR lifeboats, 15 are being built under the Federal Infrastructure Initiative and the Fleet Renewal Plan and the remaining five under the Oceans Protection Plan.

Under the Oceans Protection Plan, new Coast Guard stations will be built in Twillingate and Bay de Verde, and St. Anthony, Newfoundland.