Labrador needs 45 new heli pads: CCG
September 18, 2014 By The St. John's Telegram
Sept. 18, 2014, St. John's - The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic will construct 45 new helicopter landing pads at a cost of $4.6 million over the next three years along the coast of Labrador, it was announced today.
According to a news release, the landing pads will help ensure safe
access for Coast Guard staff and provide faster year-round accessibility
to land-based marine navigational aids in remote areas.
The helicopter landing pads will be constructed of concrete, marine
grade pressure treated timber, or gravel, depending on the terrain at
each site. Construction crews will operate from the CCGS George R.
Pearkes with Coast Guard helicopter assistance.
“This investment in Canadian Coast Guard infrastructure is important
since it will improve safety and give better access for technical crews
who have to service navigational aids in remote areas of the Labrador
coast,” said Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
In Atlantic Canada there are 128 lightstations and more than 6,650
short range aids including fixed lights, floating aids (buoys), fog
horns, and radar beacons.
There are 52 major lightstations and more than 1,700 short range aids in Newfoundland and Labrador.