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APPENDIX E: CCG DETAILED PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Selected Investment Descriptions – Program Infrastructure Assets

A-Base Investments

The Equipment and Other Moveable Assets (EOMA) Centre of Expertise will be responsible for thirty investments projects with estimated costs totalling $515.7 million, with only $233.2 million (including over-programming) being expensed during the five-year planning cycle.

Of these investment projects, twenty-six were already identified in previous iterations of the DFO Investment Plan (formerly known as the Long-Term Capital Plan). These total “ongoing” projects consume approximately $225.5 million (including over-programming) of the regular A-Base investment budget from 2011/12 to 2015/16. In this year’s investment plan there are five new EOMA projects worth $12.6 million (including over-programming), which will be initiated over the course of this five-year planning cycle.

The following are three examples of EOMA projects included in the 2011/12 to 2015/16 Integrated Investment Plan:

Project Name COE
Very High Frequency – Direction Finding (VHF/DF) System Refurbishment EOMA
Project Description
The project will refurbish the existing VHF/DF systems back to baseline condition and provide additional VHF/DF coverage in areas that are not currently covered. The VHF/DF System is among the oldest of Marine Communication and Traffic Services (MCTS) assets, in the range of twenty to thirty years. Some of the technology can no longer be repaired or replaced as some of the components are no longer available, making maintenance on this critical safety system extremely difficult. VHF/DF is essential to address the requirements of the MCTS program, Search and Rescue programs, Conservation and Protection programs, and the Safety and Environmental Response programs.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$12.3 million 2013/14 - 2017/18

 

Project Name COE
Fixed Aids Sites Refurbishment / Modernization (Phase 3) EOMA
Project Description
This project will replace, remove, relocate, redesign, and/or refurbish many critical short-range fixed aids to navigation and associated site infrastructure in all Coast Guard regions to address high-risk items associated with structure failure. The existing fixed aids are aging, affecting reliability and the ability to meet program requirements. An analysis of the existing infrastructure indicated that a significant percentage of the assets are beyond their life expectancy. The refurbishment of fixed aids sites will include, in many cases, the use of new technology thereby reducing future maintenance costs and maintaining a reliable network of aids to navigation.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$17.5 million 2011/12 - 2016/17

 

Project Name COE
CCG Operational Network (OpNet) EOMA
Project Description
This project will create a centralized Coast Guard operational network by integrating approximately 40 different mission critical stand-alone operational systems, currently in use and at risk of failure. The operational network will serve as the backbone for a national standardized CCG operational system for delivering services consistently and efficiently across Canada. Improving Coast Guard’s operational systems and applications will take advantage of new technologies and result in greater efficiencies in the delivery of mission-critical functions. The current risks of service interruptions to clients would be minimized and the new centralized network would provide a platform for the next generation of operational applications.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$7.5 million 2015/16 - 2018/19
B-Base Investments

The EOMA Centre of Expertise only manages one project projects funded by separate government funds; the Arctic NAVAREAs Infrastructure project.

Project Name COE
Arctic NAVAREAs Infrastructure EOMA
Project Description
This project will expand the existing navigation warning services to two new NAVAREAs (NAVigational AREAs) in Canada’s Arctic waters. High frequency radio transmitting equipment will be procured to allow the broadcasting of navigational warnings twice daily to Arctic mariners over the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. The information provided will expand the current coverage in domestic waters on a seasonal basis to cover navigable waters below 76oN in the new NAVAREAs on a year round basis and in the high arctic (above 76oN) during the shipping season. Providing coverage for the new NAVAREAs will contribute to the international goals for Arctic shipping safety in Canadian waters.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$2.8 million 2012/13 - 2013/14

Selected Investment Descriptions – Fleet Assets

A-Base Investments

The Fleet Centre of Expertise will be responsible for fourty-two investments projects with estimated costs totalling $730.1 million, with only $512.0 million (including over-programming) being expensed during the five-year planning cycle.

Of these investment projects, forty were already identified in previous iterations of the DFO Investment Plan (formerly known as the Long-Term Capital Plan). These total “ongoing” projects consume approximately $503.9 million (including over-programming) of the regular A-Base investment budget from 2011/12 to 2015/16.

New to this year’s plan are two Fleet projects worth $8.1 million (including over-programming), which will be initiated and completed over the course of this five-year planning cycle.

The following are three examples of Fleet projects included in the 2011/12 to 2015/16 Integrated Investment Plan:

Project Name COE
Acquisition of a Specialty Vessel Fleet
Project Description
This project will acquire a newly constructed Specialty Vessel in support of the Science program and serve as the primary hydrographical platform for shallow waters in Pacific Region. Many of CCG’s vessels in the Specialty Vessel Class were not designed nor configured with today’s mission requirements in mind. The obsolescence of some of these vessels requires every-increasing resources to maintain them to particular standards, specifically, the regulations in compliance with the Canada Shipping Act.

The new vessel will be more effective, have state-of-the-art program equipment and “clean” power and ensure support to the ever-increasing emphasis on seabed mapping to support navigational safety, disposal at sea, geosciences hazards identification and habitat classification studies; as well as the growing requirement for the establishment of national and provincial marine conservation areas.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$4.6 million 2012/13 - 2014/15

 

Project Name COE
Fleet Information Management System Integration Project Fleet
Project Description
This project proposes to integrate the existing planning and operational Fleet systems into the new recently developed architecture, which is the foundation for all fleet operations management information systems. This project will upgrade and integrate the remaining systems: Fleet Safety and Security System, Seagoing Personnel Certification Exemption Tracking System, the Vessel Tracking System and the Flight Following System.

In addition to the alignment of the systems, all systems containing geospatial information must be integrated with the CCG Fleet Common Operating Picture, also referred to as “COP”.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$4.6 million 2012/13 - 2014/15
Project Name COE
SAR Lifeboats Replacement Fleet
Project Description
This project proposes to acquire ten SAR Lifeboats to be stationed at various regions across Canada. CCG’s Fleet of Lifeboats perform a unique blend of missions and play a key role in the delivery of the “near-shore” Search and Rescue (SAR) program across Canada. These vessels operate from stations that are located strategically throughout all five of CCG regions.

The level and breadth of Fleet service demand is expected to expand over the next ten years in almost all activities including near-shore SAR response. The new vessels will be more effective than those which they replace and have “clean” power and modern program equipment and will be better able to meet operational requirements now and into the future.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$90.1 million 2013/14 - beyond
2015/16
B-Base Investments

The Fleet Centre of Expertise has five ongoing large vessel procurement investment projects funded by separate government funds.

Table 17: Vessel Procurement Investments Projects, 2011/12 to 2015/16
Project Total Estimated Cost Investment This Planning Cycle Planned Completion Date
Air Cushion Vehicle $27.3M $25.2M 2014/15
Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels $227.0M $169.5M 2013/14
Offshore Fishery Science Vessels $244.0M $237.1M 2015/16
Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessels $144.4M $141.8M 2015/16
Polar Icebreaker $800.0M $548.0M 2019/20
Total $1,442.7M $1,121.6M  

Implementation and delivery of these investment projects are managed by Coast Guard’s Vessel Procurement branch.

It is important to note that some of investments have implementation timelines which exceed the five-year planning horizon used in this investment plan. For example, the Polar Icebreaker project was initiated in 2009/10 and will only come to an end in 2019/20. The $1.1 billion planned investment figure reflects only expenditures that are planned within the investment planning horizon.