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APPENDIX A: CCG ASSET BASE DETAILS
Assets by category
A breakdown of the 15,211 assets that form the Coast Guards asset base is provided in Table 14 by category, program area and level of historic cost.
|Asset Type||Historic Cost between $10K & $250K||Historic Cost between $250K & $1M||Historic Cost over $1M||Total Number of Assets|
|Aids to Navigation||8,994||24||12||9,030|
|Marine Communications and Traffic Services||2,468||59||15||2,542|
|Search and Rescue Services||327||1||0||328|
|Environmental Response Services||878||12||0||890|
|Life-Cycle Asset Management Services||1,052||15||2||1,069|
|Coast Guard College||157||1||2||160|
|Subtotal Program Infrastructure||13,921||116||31||14,068|
|Air Cushion Vehicles||0||0||4||4|
|Small Craft and Other Assets||932||68||4||1,004|
¹ Only operational assets are included.
Please note that this table contains counts of individual assets with acquisition costs of over $10,000. The Agency has significant additional investment requirements for equipment and material across these programs for items whose acquisition cost is less than $10,000 (and therefore which fall below the standard Government of Canada definition of an asset). In particular, the Aids to Navigation program has more than 17,000 individual items that require periodic replacement, resulting in significantly higher investment requirements than are implied by looking only at items valued over $10,000.
Assets by region
The distribution of assets across the country is displayed in Table 15. Coast Guard assets are widely distributed across the country, in accordance with the vast amounts of coastlines and waterways in which the Agency provides services to Canadians. Most major vessels and helicopters are registered in the National Capital Region and assigned to the regions based on operational requirements.
|Region||Fleet||Life-Cyle Asset Management||Coast Guard College||Maritime Services||Total|
|Central and Arctic||186||261||0||6,751||7,198|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||189||190||0||1,642||2,021|
|National Capital Region||180||12||160||69||421|
Additional Information on Fleet Assets
Operational vs. Total Assets
While the Canadian Coast Guard owns a fleet of 129 vessels, its operational fleet is smaller, consisting of only 116 vessels. The remaining 13 vessels are:
- used for training purposes;
- surplus to requirements or past their operational life and awaiting disposal;
- awaiting significant investment (e.g. repairs) before they can be returned to the operational fleet; or
- held in reserve to back-fill any sudden/emergency vessel failures within the operational fleet.
Vessel Classes and Age Description
Coast Guard operates a fleet 116 vessels belonging to 16 different vessel classes. Of these 39 large vessels are broken down in ten vessel classes (including the new Polar Icebreaker class) and 77 small vessels belong to six vessel classes. In addition to vessels, Coast Guards fleet is also composed of 23 helicopters. The table below provide the total breakdown of the fleet by class and an overview of each classs age profile.
|Over 25 Years||15 to 25 Years||Under 15 Years|
|High Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels||7||1||6||0|
|Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels||5||3||2||0|
|Offshore Patrol Vessels||4||3||1||0|
|Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels||7||4||3||0|
|Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessels||2||1||1||0|
|Offshore Fishery Science Vessels||4||4||0||0|
|Air Cushion Vehicles||4||1||0||3|
|Subtotal Large Vessels||39||21||15||3|
|Special Navaids Vessels||2||1||1||0|
|Hydrographic Survey Vessels||5||2||3||0|
|Channel Survey and Sounding Vessels||2||1||1||0|
|Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessels||5||1||4||0|
|Subtotal Small Vessels||77||35||27||15|
Approximately forty-seven percent of the operational fleet is over the age of twenty-five years. Another forty percent is between fifteen and twenty-five years old, leaving only fourteen percent of vessels and helicopters under fifteen years of age. According to recommendations made from the shipbuilding industry and Coast Guards own standards, the operational life of large vessels ranges from twenty-five to fourty-five years, while that of smaller vessels vary from fifteen to twenty years and helicopters are expected to have an operational life of approximately thirty years. Although the overall condition of the small vessel fleet is acceptable due to recent investments, many of the large vessels are close to or well beyond their operational life. As a result, they are in need of replacement and require significant investment.
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