Federal cuts might include closure of Comox Coast Guard base

The marine community has been informed of sweeping cuts that might include the closure of the Coast Guard base in Comox.

The marine community has been informed of sweeping cuts to the Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) by the federal government, including the possible closure of MCTS Comox. The Record has learned there could be as many as 10 stations across Canada set to close, reducing the number to 12. MCTS provides marine safety communications co-ordination with rescue resources and Join Rescue Co-ordination Centre Victoria; vessel traffic services and waterway management, broadcast weather and safety information; sail plan services in addition to support for other government and marine agencies. In the Pacific Region, there are centres located at Vancouver, Victoria, Prince Rupert, Comox and Tofino.The services provided at these stations may be contracted out following closure.A formal announcement from the government is expected Friday.photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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