The CCGS Moytel hovercraft parked on Harrison Lake beach between outings to upgrade the navigational aids around the lake last week.

Coast guard hovercraft helps in Harrison Lake

The CCGS Moytel journeyed upstream to support navigational aid upgrade last week

A Sea Island coast guard hovercraft, the CCGS Moytel took the journey up the Fraser and Harrison rivers to play a support role in replacing all navigational aids throughout Harrison Lake last week.

The craft has a removable crane and a stable platform that were useful in the four year nav aid maintenance cycle that took place over the week throughout the lake.

The upgrade that was a joint venture of the Sea Island coast guard base and Marine Civil Infrastructure (MCI) out of Victoria (a division of the coast guard), and included LED lights and solar installation this time around.

“With improvement in battery technology it gives us the opportunity for longer lasting more energy-efficient materials,” said carpenter and project lead Aaron Chan of the green tech.

New and emerging technology reduces annual maintenance costs and is actually a better product for mariners and boaters, he added.

The wind storm delayed progress of the operation and the crew finished Friday before heading back to base early that afternoon, leaving the lake beach where the craft had parked during downtime.

It was the first time the craft had been out to Harrison Lake, and it was met with strong winds during their approach early last week.

“We generally work in remote locations, so one of the biggest challenges is often the weather,” Chan said.

The hovercraft crew had to stop for 45 minutes on their journey up the river while they waited for the strongest of the wind storm gusts to subside last Tuesday.

The 28.5 metre long vessel is capable of a 50 knot cruising speed with its four Caterpillar C32 engines and was launched by the Canadian Coast Guard in 2013 and put into service in 2014.

It is owned by the coast guard mostly to run rescues on the mud flats near Vancouver airport should an incident occur, along with the CCGS Siyay.

Just Posted

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Another snowfall warning for Lower Mainland

Another 5-10 cm expected for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast

Harrison to participate in inter-municipal business licence program

Construction companies and related businesses will be able to work across the Fraser Valley in 2020

Saskia and Darrel kick off spring tour with Chilliwack concert

Stories of the Great Plains delivered in Gaelic, French and more

RCMP officer reaching out to youth about intimate partner violence

Chilliwack officer and friends of Maple Batalia team up to encourage bystanders to speak up

VIDEO: Wheelchairs teach Agassiz students acceptance through sport

Teacher Donna Gallamore brought wheelchairs to the Kent Elementary for learning and fun

5 to start your day

Australian woman dies in avalanche at Whistler, two boys OK after falling through Coquitlam lake and more

Australian woman killed in avalanche while snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb

The woman and her partner were reportedly rescued by ski patrol, but the woman died in hospital

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

Coquihalla closed near snowshed

Highway 5 northbound is closed, but a detour via Box Canyon Chain up area is in effect.

Regulator’s report unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline expansion battle

The Trans Mountain pipeline will remain a controversial topic both in the political ring and out

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Most Read