Cold snap raises concerns about aging icebreakers in the St. Lawrence

A mechanical fault that kept icebreaker Terry Fox from providing assistance to a trapped ferry between Quebec City and Lévis last week has led to renewed calls to replace the coast guard’s aging icebreaker fleet. “The fleet of icebreakers is old,” said Steven Blaney, Conservative MP for Bellechasse-Les-Etchemins-Lévis. The ferry was eventually towed to shore by a private company and the Terry Fox icebreaker is now undergoing repairs.

“We need icebreakers,” said Blaney. “Even with the existing strategy to replace the ships, the fleet will continue to grow old.”