Presentation on theme: "Canadian Coast Guard Safety First, Service Always A National Institution in Service for Canadians May 5, 2003."— Presentation transcript:
Canadian Coast Guard Safety First, Service Always A National Institution in Service for Canadians May 5, 2003
2 Mandate of CCG As an essential component of Canada’s sovereignty, the Canadian Coast Guard is a national institution, providing service in: Maritime safety Protection of the marine and freshwater environment Facilitating maritime commerce Support of marine scientific excellence Support of Canada’s maritime priorities.
3 What We Do Search and Rescue Boating Safety Icebreaking and Route Assistance Communications and Traffic Services Aids to Navigation Environmental Protection and Response Navigable Waters Protection Shipping Channel Safety Support to Conservation & Protection and Science Support to Government Programs and Departments
4 What the CCG Does Not Do CCG is not a paramilitary organization. CCG personnel generally have neither peace officer powers nor enforcement authority. CCG has no authority to stop or board vessels caught in the performance of illegal acts at sea except for the authority granted to Pollution Prevention Officers by Transport Canada.
5 CCG and Marine Security CCG is well positioned to provide a cost effective, value added contribution to marine security CCG has the infrastructure, assets, personnel and 24/7 capabilities to incorporate marine security applications into existing programs CCG has an operational readiness culture that can link search & rescue and oil spill response capabilities to marine security demands CCG is an efficient and effective collector and collator of maritime traffic information
6 CCG’s Marine Security Activities MCTS receives pre-arrival reports 96 and 24 hours prior to vessel entry into Canadian waters and will notify the appropriate agency of a vessel on the Ships of Particular Interest list requesting clearance CCG Fleet provides a deterrence to terrorist or criminal acts through a clearly identifiable federal presence and a visible symbol of Canadian sovereignty CCG vessels have an ‘observe, record and report’ role for submitting vessel contacts to Canadian Forces and to the RCMP Coastal Watch program
7 CCG’s Marine Security Activities On request CCG vessels and aircraft can provide positive identification of a vessel of interest and track vessel progress Helicopter support to enforcement community to provide surveillance capability CCG provides marine platforms and crews to RCMP, CCRA, CIC and TC for routine vessel interceptions and boardings CCG provides crew to operate seized vessels to ensure safe transit into a Canadian port CCG will provide back up vessel to Canadian Forces / RCMP armed interception at sea providing SAR capability and transit for crew and passengers
8 Collaborative Approach CCG is strongly supportive of the current interdepartmental approach to marine security Maritime traffic data uploads to intelligence agencies will significantly increase with the implementation of AIS and long range vessel identification and tracking projects CCG supports initiatives to improve the flow of marine security information and intelligence among federal departments and agencies