Expected Completion of New Coast Guard Base in Cobourg Is Set for Early 2024

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Artists Rendering Courtesy of Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects.

Today’s Northumberland has received information regarding the new Coast Guard Station base in Cobourg.

Lisa Young, Regional Manager of Real Property Technical Services at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ontario and Prairie Region said the new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue station is located on the same site as the previous one, at 114 Division Street on the Cobourg East Pier.

The purpose of the new station is to replace the older, outdated building and to represents the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring Coast Guard employees can carry out their essential Search and Rescue duties.

The planned completion date is for the construction of the $3.88 million building is early 2024.

The station will feature a large new workshop to carry out vessel repair, maintenance, and winter storage.

The new accommodations will include five bedrooms, a kitchen, large common area, laundry room, offices, and an exercise area for Canadian Coast Guard crew members who live on-site while on duty.

The facility will also have a new space, known as the “Ready Room” where crew members have easy access to, and can prepare their equipment for SAR taskings. The new station will also incorporate new technologies and building design that will provide a superior facility for the SAR crew and meet the targets of green government operations.

The building is designed using “Passive House” principles, an energy efficiency standard developed in Europe. The building will consume 85% less energy than a conventional building.

The building design was developed in consultation with Town administrators to ensure the design complimented the community waterfront vision.

The architect, Watson MacEwen Teramura was awarded $292,000 for the contract.


About the Canadian Coast Guard on the Great Lakes:

Safety of those at sea and protection of the marine environment are top priorities for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Crews are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to a maritime emergency in the area, including search and rescue, environmental response, and other activities.

The Canadian Coast Guard operates 9 of these Search and rescue (SAR) stations across the Great Lakes, in Amherstburg, Cobourg, Goderich, Kingston, Meaford, Port Dover, Port Weller, Thunder Bay, and Tobermory.

These stations are open annually from April-December

Each station has a crew of 4; Commanding Officer, Engineer, and two deckhands (at least one crew member is a certified rescue specialist)

Each station is equipped with:

Cape class rescue vessel (47 ft. long, maximum speed of 25 knots)

Zodiac rigid hull inflatable boat (26 ft. long, maximum speed of 40 knots)

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