Atlantic Eagle, the first of the two emergency offshore towing vessels (ETVs) leased by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) from Atlantic Towing Limited has arrived in British Columbia.
The Eagle has landed! 1ˢᵗ of 2 Emergency Offshore Towing Vessels arrived in #BC. It will work off the West Coast, keeping vessels in distress away from land and helping to prevent marine pollution incidents while insuring the security of #OurCoast. pic.twitter.com/GCPLTiuVH1
— Canadian Coast Guard (@CoastGuardCAN) November 5, 2018
Early this year, Atlantic Towing Limited was awarded a three-year contract, worth around $67 million, by the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for the supply and operation of two emergency offshore towing vessels (ETVs) in support of Canadian Coast Guard following an open and competitive process.
The vessels – Atlantic Eagle and Atlantic Raven – are capable of towing large commercial ships in distress, such as tankers and container ships, before they get too close to shore and will be tasked to patrol British Columbia’s West Coast as part of Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan.
The vessels will contribute to the Coast Guard’s Environmental Response Program by assisting with vessels in distress in the challenging conditions of deeper waters, and providing an initial emergency response in the event of a pollutant release. The ETVs may also be called upon to assist with various Coast Guard programming, such as Search and Rescue (SAR), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS), Maritime Security and humanitarian relief.
As part of the contract, Atlantic Towing Limited will also provide training in offshore emergency towing to Coast Guard personnel and partners, including Indigenous communities, involved in marine safety. The contract also includes seven additional one-year options.
This contract fulfills an immediate operational need to have vessels available as soon as possible, while the Government of Canada works in partnership with Indigenous communities and local stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy for emergency towing on the West Coast and across Canada.
The two leased vessels will be operated by Atlantic Towing Limited personnel, along with members of the Canadian Coast Guard, off the coast of British Columbia. One will patrol a northern area in Canadian waters between Alaska and the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and the other a southern area including the west side of Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The second vessel will be also on-site in late 2018.