QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) -

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A scheduled modernization of the Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Sipu Muin will see the Air Cushion Vehicle in dry-dock at Réparations Navales et Industrielles Océan in Quebec City for a six-month period beginning May 10, 2016.

This modernization, part of the Coast Guard's work to ensure the vessel will reach its intended operational life, will cost an estimated $3.1 million and include hull repairs, modifications to the pilot house, upgrades to the electronic navigation suite as well as the replacement of the fuel bladders and skirting of the 19-year old vessel.

This 28.5m, 70 ton Air Cushion Vehicle was built in 1998. The Sipu Muin routinely conducts icebreaking and maintenance of navigational aids out of its homeport of Trois-Rivières. The name Sipu Muin is Mi'kmaq, meaning "river bear".


"Maintenance and upgrades are what keep the entire Coast Guard fleet in top working condition. This maintenance work is crucial to ensure the Coast Guard fleet helps navigate billions of dollars in cargo through Canadian waters each year."

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

"This contract will support the renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard, ensuring it stays effective and well-equipped to do the job we ask it to do. This work will also help to grow Canada's economy by sustaining/creating approximately 25 jobs in Quebec City."

The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada

Associated Links

Canadian Coast Guard Fleet: Details on CCGS Sipu Muin

National Shipbuilding Strategy: Repair, Maintenance and Refit

Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Procurement

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Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Patricia Bell
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada