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2.0 Services by Program Activity and Sub-activity

2.1 Aids to Navigation

The Aids to Navigation program provides marine aids to navigation such as short-range marine aids — including visual aids (fixed aids and buoys), sound aids (fog horns), and radar aids (reflectors and racons) — as well as long-range marine aids, namely the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS). The program’s services ensure access to a reliable navigation system and support a safe, accessible, and efficient environment for the commercial marine transportation sector, fishers and pleasure craft operators. As such, it is the cornerstone of Canada’s navigation system and provides essential support to many government priorities.

A. General Commitments

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Initiate the review and update of the methodology for designing and reviewing short-range aids to navigation systems. DG, MS Green A national project team, led by HQ, was formed to complete the review and update of the methodology. Terms of reference outlining the scope, goals, milestones and deliverables has been approved by the Aids to Navigation National Management Committee.

Critical components of the methodology, including the development of a risk-based cyclical review process, have been prioritized for update by March 2012.
Continue the design and construction of an aids to navigation system for Pangnirtung Harbour, Nunavut. AC, C&A Green Design and construction of aids to navigation system completed. Erection of the towers is expected to be completed this fiscal year

2.2 Waterways Management Services

Navigability in Canadian waterways is highly influenced by water levels and the bottom condition of shipping channels. The monitoring and maintenance services provided by the Waterways Management program enable CCG to help ensure safe, economical, and efficient movement of ships in Canadian waterways. These services also contribute to the maintenance of specific navigable channels, reduce marine navigation risks, and support environmental protection.

A. Key Initiatives

Post-Panamax Study, St. Lawrence River

Objective: To support the transit of Post-Panamax type vessels in the St. Lawrence River shipping channel.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Develop an action plan with a view of implementing recommendations of the risk assessment report on post-Panamax type vessels in the St. Lawrence River shipping channel. AC, Que.
DG, MS
Green An action plan has been prepared. Directives have been developed by Transport Canada, the Corporation des Pilotes du Saint-Laurent Central and the Canadian Coast Guard for the safe passage of the post-Panamax vessels on the St. Lawrence shipping channel. Stakeholders will be consulted on these directives in Fall 2011.

2.3 Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS)

By ensuring that an efficient communication system is available 24/7, the Marine Communications and Traffic Services program contributes to the safety of life at sea, the protection of the marine environment, the efficient movement of shipping in waterways, and the provision of essential and accurate information to mariners. Its services are essential to deploying Search and Rescue and Environmental Response teams promptly and effectively to maritime crisis situations. MCTS is, in many situations, the only means by which a ship's call for assistance can be heard.

A. General Commitment

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Develop an action plan to address recommendations from the workload review. DG, MS Green An action plan has been developed and, upon management approval, implementation of the workload review recommendations will be initiated.

B. Key Initiatives

NAVAREAs

Objective: Canada is the international coordinator and issuing service for two NAVAREAs in the Arctic for the transmission of navigational warnings to mariners. To initiate the NAVAREA SafeyNET satellite transmission service, in full operational capacity below 76°N in the Arctic.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Initiate the NAVAREA satellite transmission service. DG, MS
AC, C&A
Green Statement of Work and Technical Specification are in draft form. The request for proposal is expected to be ready for posting by fiscal year end.
Marine Communications and Traffic Services Technical Training

Objective: To support the MCTS workforce of about 350 certified Marine Communications and Traffic Services Officers to ensure professional development and adequate recruitment.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Implement the Continuous Proficiency Training (refresher) course for Marine Communications and Traffic Services Officers. DG, MS
ED, Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC)
Green Three courses are scheduled with the first to be offered in October 2011.

2.4 Icebreaking Services

Given the harsh challenges the extremes of Canadian geography and climate bring to maritime traffic, icebreaking services are essential to ensure that shipping moves safely and efficiently through and around ice-covered waters in Eastern Canada and the Great Lakes throughout the winter, as well as during the summer navigation season in the Arctic. Icebreaking operations facilitate the informed, safe, and timely movement of maritime traffic and contribute to keeping most Canadian ports open for business year-round, thereby preventing flooding on the St. Lawrence River and supporting fishers, the marine industry, and numerous coastal communities.

A. General Commitment

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Amend the Icebreaking Levels of Service, as feasible and appropriate. DG, MS Green Following the approval of the Icebreaker Requirements Agreement with the maritime industry stakeholders, the Levels of Service will be revised as appropriate. The Agreement is renewed every 5 years.

2.5 Search and Rescue Services (SAR)

Canada is a maritime nation bounded by three oceans whose population and economy make significant use of waterways for commercial and recreational purposes. The marine environment can be dangerous and CCG is an important player in responding to emergencies that occur on water.

The federal Search and Rescue (SAR) program is a cooperative effort by federal, provincial and municipal governments. CCG’s SAR program leads, delivers, and maintains preparedness for the 5.3 million square kilometre maritime component of the federal SAR system. It does so with the support of multiple stakeholders and partners, including the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and National Defence. Through distress monitoring, communication, and search and rescue activities, the CCG SAR program increases the chances of rescue for people caught in dangerous on-water situations.

A. General Commitments

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Start the renewal process for the CCGA Contribution Agreements. DG, MS Green The renewal process for the CCGA contribution agreements has begun. The CCGA is currently being evaluated by the Department with a report expected by early 2012. The results of this evaluation will factor into discussions on the future agreements as well as the next Results-based Management and Accountability Framework. A financial analysis will also be undertaken in the last part of the year to assess expenditures over the last 5 years and make any recommendations for future changes. Finally, the CCGA has provided proposals for minor changes to the contribution agreements that will improve delivery of the program.
Complete the work, with our National Defence partner, on software system requirements. DG, MS Green The Coast Guard has provided its software system requirements to National Defence (DND). Search and Rescue program staff are continuing to cooperate with DND to define in detail system requirements and next steps for the project. DND will be the lead on the development of the system and has committed to work collaboratively with Coast Guard to ensure it meets the needs of both the aeronautical and maritime search and rescue systems.
Explore and develop options for SAR service delivery in the North. DG, MS Green Coast Guard has had discussions with National Defence on a potential pilot project to provide SAR Partners with enhanced training in order to facilitate their participation in maritime search and rescue operations. A preliminary options analysis has been completed and Coast Guard will be seeking approval of the pilot in the coming months. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is also working with the SAR Partners on joint training opportunities.
Pilot the introduction of a SAR quality assurance approach. AC, C&A Green Central & Arctic Region has commenced introduction of a SAR quality assurance approach by completing program audits at six of the nine stations in the region.

2.6 Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) is organized into six federally incorporated, not-for-profit volunteer organizations that parallel the five CCG regions, and one national corporation. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans maintains a formal Contribution Agreement with each of the six CCGA corporations for related costs. The corporations are separate legal entities from the Government of Canada and work in close partnership with CCG.

Canadian mariners have a strong tradition of responding to distress calls from vessels in trouble. Canada’s vast and often inhospitable coastline, combined with unpredictable weather, has ensured that these situations are far from uncommon. It is not possible for the Canadian Coast Guard to cover the entire coastline, and for many decades CCG has relied on the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary to supplement its response efforts. The CCGA is an integral part of the National SAR program.

Every year, CCGA responds to approximately 21% of all maritime SAR incidents in Canada and is credited with saving approximately 1,000 lives each year. CCGA has approximately 4,007 members and access to approximately 1,166 vessels. Members’ local knowledge, maritime experience, seafaring talents and professional conduct make them one of Canada’s greatest maritime assets.

A. Key Initiatives

Search and Rescue Needs Analysis

Objective: To assess the SAR resources needed to respond to incidents in the maritime areas for which Canada has accepted responsibility and to validate the existing Levels of Service or propose changes.

Commitment In response to… Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Develop a new SAR needs analysis methodology that includes a risk management framework. AG A-Base DG, MS Green A draft risk-based analysis of Maritime SAR Delivery methodology has been developed and approved in principle by the Maritime Services Executive Board. The draft methodology, including the Terms of Reference for the process and an illustrative example, will be presented to Management Board in November 2011.
Search and Rescue Capability

Objective: To address the most pressing operational human resource requirements to ensure the continuity of our services and to respond to the needs of our employees.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Implement appropriate measures to address issues identified in the workload analysis. DG, MS Green After the Marine Rescue Sub-Centres are consolidated into the Joint Rescue Coordination Centres at Halifax and Trenton, all three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres will be operating with 2 stands, as per the recommendations in the workload analysis.

2.7 Environmental Response Services

The Canadian Coast Guard is the lead federal agency to ensure an appropriate response to ship-source and mystery-source spills in Canada's marine environment. Given the amounts of oil and other hazardous materials that are shipped via the marine transportation system, it is critical that the Canadian Coast Guard is ready to respond to marine pollution incidents in Canadian waters to protect coastal communities and Canada's interests. The objectives of the Environmental Response program are to minimize the environmental, socio-economic, and public safety impacts of marine pollution incidents.

An effective response to marine pollution events requires a high level of preparedness, including appropriate resources, strong partnerships, thoughtful contingency planning, and skilled personnel. The marine pollution response capacity within the Coast Guard is a unique federal capacity not found in other federal departments. Therefore, the Coast Guard may use this unique capacity to support the response mandates of other federal partners such as spills from other sources (e.g. land based spills or offshore platforms) and emergency response events (e.g. Manitoba Floods). In addition, the CCG has mutual aid agreements with other nations, such as the United States Coast Guard and Denmark, which can be utilized in a large scale marine pollution response.

A. General Commitments

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Develop a National Equipment Strategy which will include a life cycle and materiel management approach. DG, MS Green A response Capacity Definition Project has been initiated, which will form the basis of the National Equipment Strategy.
Establish a national approach to environmental response training which will include a national training plan. DG, MS Yellow An Environmental Response Training and Exercising Working Group has been established, however, there are staffing delays which need to be addressed.

A National Training and Exercise Officer position must be staffed this fiscal year, in order to allow the Program to follow through on this commitment.
Develop training plans for Arctic communities to utilize the environmental response equipment packages they have received. AC, C&A Green Training plans for Arctic communities have been developed.

B. Key Initiatives

Brigadier General M. G. Zalinski

Objective: To address an oil-pollution threat posed by the wreck of the United States Army transport vessel Brigadier General M. G. Zalinski. This vessel sank in the Grenville Channel in British Columbia in September 1946, entombing a cargo of munitions and an estimated 700 tonnes of fuel. The wreck, which lay largely forgotten, began leaking fuel in 2003.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Review and analyze the results of the integrity assessment in order to determine the potential next steps. AC, Pacific Green The multi beam survey has been completed and the report produced. In September 2011, DND dived on the vessel to determine the status of the unexploded ordnances. The information from these two operations is being consolidated and the report developed accordingly.

2.8 Maritime Security

Canadians and foreign trading partners expect Canada to have a secure maritime transportation system. To this end, CCG leverages its capabilities, including extensive vessel identification and tracking systems, on-water capabilities and maritime expertise, to make a significant contribution to national and maritime security.

With a clear accountability to deliver activities and information systems that are critical to Canada’s maritime security, CCG will continue to enhance its security contribution to the federal enforcement and intelligence communities. With the Long Range Identification and Tracking system and the Automatic Identification System (new vessel tracking systems) implemented, CCG will continue to focus on ensuring the reliability of these systems and ensure the consistent and dependable flow of information to our partners.

The past five years have seen the establishment of dedicated CCG resources in ongoing maritime security and national security programs. The joint RCMP/CCG Marine Security Enforcement Teams in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway area and a permanent DFO presence in the multi-agency Marine Security Operations Centres represent an evolution for CCG investments in maritime security - from simply enhancing CCG safety-based activities (which provide a subsequent maritime security benefit for partners) to making direct investments in on-going inter-agency maritime security activities.

A. Key Initiatives

Marine Security Operations Centres

Objective: To continue to contribute significant data on maritime traffic, including associated on-water activities and analyze this data to support the enhancement of maritime domain awareness on Canada's three coasts and in the St. Lawrence Seaway - Great Lakes area.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Develop a draft National Standard Operating Procedures Manual. Finalize the Statement of Operational Requirements for software support tools. DC, Operations Green Templates for Standard Operating Procedures are completed and input from both coastal MSOCs have been received. A draft manual will be completed by 31 Mar 2012. The Statement of Operational Requirements for software support tools is completed.
Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Objective: To enhance Coast Guard's ability to identify and monitor maritime traffic in near real-time with accurate and detailed information, allowing for an enhanced awareness of vessels approaching and operating in Canadian waters.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Examine the potential for two terrestrial AIS test sites in the Arctic. DG, ITS Green All required equipment and licences have been ordered and the equipment has recently been installed in both Resolute Bay and Iqaluit. After networking is completed, sites will be ready for testing.

2.9 Fleet Operational Readiness

The Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Operational Readiness (FOR) Program provides safe, reliable, available, and operationally capable vessels, air cushion vehicles, helicopters, and small craft with competent and professional crews ready to respond to on-water and maritime related requirements. The FOR program includes three program sub-activities: Fleet Operational Capability; Fleet Maintenance and Fleet Procurement. Through the Fleet Operational Readiness program, the CCG ensures that Canada's civilian fleet meets the current and emerging needs and priorities of Canadians and the Government of Canada.

A. Key Initiatives

Operationalizing New and Replacement Vessels

Objective: To operationalize and support the receipt of vessels. Operationalizing a vessel comprises all of the activities that must take place in the short period of time between delivery from the shipyard to the start of program delivery. It includes such things as transit to its home region, crew familiarization, pre-sailing exercises to respond to routine and emergency situations, fitting the vessel with stores and equipment not provided by the contractor, shore-support familiarization and client and partner exercises.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Mid-shore Patrol Vessels
Operationalize and support receipt of the first Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel in C&A Region. AC, C&A Red First vessel is now expected to be delivered by March 2012. Original delivery was February 2012.
Cape Class Search and Rescue (SAR) 47-foot Motor Lifeboats
Operationalize and support receipt of three Cape Class SAR 47-foot motor Lifeboats. AC, Pacific Green Three Cape Class SAR 47-foot motor lifeboats in summer 2011 were received and operationalized.
Human Resources Initiatives

Objective: As a matter of ongoing management, CCG will continue to build on the human resources initiatives that will help us achieve a strengthened, fully integrated, national fleet.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Continue to develop a detailed syllabus for each of the specific certificate modules and begin implementation of the Ships’ Crew Certification Program. DG, Fleet Green Detailed syllabi are developed. 1st phase of Ship’s Crew Certification Project will be implemented by year end.

2.10 Shore-Based Asset Readiness (Previously Lifecycle Asset Management Services)

The CCG Shore-based Asset Readiness (SBAR) program ensures CCG’s non-fleet assets (worth $1.5 billion) are available and reliable to support delivery of CCG programs. These non-fleet assets include both fixed and floating aids, such as visual aids (e.g. fixed aids and buoys), sound aids (e.g. fog horns), radar aids (e.g. reflectors and beacons) and long-range marine aids, namely the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) as well as electronic communication and navigation systems and over 300 radio towers. The Shore-based Asset Readiness program ensures availability and reliability of these assets through provision of life-cycle asset management activities such as investment planning, engineering, acquisition, maintenance and disposal services.

A. General Commitments

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Publish the Electronics and Informatics Volume of the Engineering Maintenance Manual. DG, ITS Green Volume is expected to be published by fiscal year end.
Deliver standardized maintenance plans for shore-based infrastructure in accordance with the evaluation of the risk for navigation. DG, ITS Green Standard maintenance plans for selected assets have been developed, and remaining assets will be addressed this year.
Implement standardized maintenance plans for selected shore-based infrastructure in accordance with the evaluation of the risk for navigation. ACs Green The maintenance plans completed last year are in the publication queue and will be in service by the end of the fiscal year.

B. Key Initiatives

Loran-C Infrastructure Removal

Objective: To remove the infrastructure and conducting environmental assessments of five transmitting sites.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Commence removal of the Loran-C equipment and towers, secure the remaining infrastructure and undertake environmental assessments at the transmitting sites. AC, Pacific AC, NL Green Contract awarded for Tower Removal at Fox Harbour and Halon removal for all three Loran Stations. CEAA environmental assessment completed for Fox Harbour and other two sites scheduled for late fall. All sites will be secured by the end of the fiscal year.

Planning started for removal of towers at Cape Race & Comfort Cove in 2012-2013.
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Compliance Management System

Objective: The implementation of a national HSE Compliance Management System for all CCG shore-based operations.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Seek approval of the multi-year strategy to implement the national HSE Compliance Management System. DG, ITS
DC, Operations
Green Multi-year strategy draft under development.
Commence the development of HSE products to address high priority HSE gaps and risks. DG, ITS Green HSE products/program components under development as per the HSE Compliance Implementation Plan. Seven high priority HSE Program components were identified in the 2011/12 HSE Compliance Implementation Plan and are under development in the regions and NHQ.

Technical Solution Centres (Electronics)

Objective: Maintaining services provided to the MCTS program.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Further develop the regions’ remote monitoring and repair capabilities of the TSC. DG, ITS Green All regions have implemented remote network-based reset capabilities to restore failed devices to service. Implementation of regional and national remote service monitoring capability for INNAV and AIS will continue over the next fiscal year as planned.

2.11 Canadian Coast Guard College

The Canadian Coast Guard College is the main operational and technical training facility for CCG. Its mission is to train and develop marine professionals in support of CCG-mandated programs in marine safety, security, and environmental protection. As CCG's training centre of expertise, the College delivers quality, bilingual maritime training and services.

The College offers core national educational programs in four streams: CCG Officer Training Program and continued technical training for seagoing personnel, Marine Communications and Traffic Services, Marine Maintenance and Equipment Training, and Rescue, Safety, and Environmental Response.

A. Key Initiatives

Objective: Protect asset integrity of training systems and simulators to ensure an optimal training environment at the Canadian Coast Guard College.

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Develop a life-cycle asset management framework for the Canadian Coast Guard College to ensure asset availability. ED, College
DG, ITS
Red Stakeholder engagement has not taken place at mid-year.

2.12 International Activities

The safety, security and sustainability of the three oceans that border Canada are in part the responsibility of the CCG. That said, much of what happens in the marine environment globally can have an impact on our environment. For this and other reasons, the CCG, through its program and service delivery, attends several international meetings and is involved in a number of joint training exercises. By working closely with many related organizations, the CCG advances our common objectives of marine safety and security. Sharing best practices and providing expert advice to foreign governments on coast guard operational issues is vital to ensuring the health and safety of the world's oceans.

A. General Commitments

Commitment Lead Criteria Results Achieved/Status
2011–2012
Attend the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum (NACGF) Experts Meeting in La Rochelle, France. AC, NL Green CCG attended North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum in France Sept.26-29th and provided an update on the Environmental Response working group and the NACGF web presence.
Participate in the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum Multi-mission, Multi-lateral Exercise in Hawaii. AC, Pacific Green CCG participated in the MMEX in Hawaii. The table-top and learning opportunity exercise was based on a response to a major pollution event imagined off the coast of environmentally sensitive Midway Island, in which one of the vessels involved was suspected of carrying illegal migrants. Exercise objectives were met and important lessons learned were shared amongst members.
Attend the NACGF Summit in Brest, France. Commissioner Green The Deputy Commissioner attended the NACGF Summit in September 2011.
Attend the NPCGF Summit in Yokohama, Japan. Commissioner Green Commissioner attended the NPCGF Summit in September 2011.
Continue to provide a web platform for the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum. AC, NL Green Continuing to support the NACGF web page.