As reported by CKNW, Kitsilano Coast Guard Station re-opens Sunday, May 1. The base closure in 2013 was controversial, to say the least. The debate about the closure heated up immensely with the 2015 bunker fuel spill in English Bay.
There won’t be an official announcement, public open house, or ribbon cutting of any kind though, as Canadian Coast Guard spokesperson Dan Bate calls the re-opening of the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base a soft launch.
Bate says three vessels will be stationed, along with a small crew. According to CKNW, questions remain over capacity and capability of re-opened station
Bill Tieleman, who represents the Canadian Coast Guard workers (Union of Canadian Transportation Employees) who are going back to the job, says it won’t be running 24/7 like it was before.
“Our understanding is that the Kitsilano Coast Guard will have a couple of zodiac boats; one covered, the other uncovered. Crews will be working an eight hour shift with eight hours on the base. Then crews are on call for 16 hours, so we will not have 24/7, 365 days a year coverage.”
Tieleman says until the Kitsilano base is completely renovated and retrofitted, there won’t be 24/7 rescue capability.
Last modified: May 1, 2016