WATCH: The Canadian Coast Guard Centre in Comox closes after more than 100 years
After more than 100 years, a transmission was issued Tuesday from the Canadian Coast Guard Centre in Comox for the very last time.
Despite desperate attempts by Vancouver Island Members of Parliament, concerned mariners and other supporters, the Marine Communication and Traffic Service Centre was shutdown Tuesday.
It is part of a plan introduced by the former Conservative government to consolidate five B.C. Coast Guard marine and communication centres into two.
The closure is expected to save between $600,000 and $700,000 a year, but mariners are worried that their safety has been compromised.
Employees at the Comox MCTS have been offered new positions in Victoria and Prince Rupert but it was still a difficult day.
“It’s pretty somber as it has been for the last few days, lots of hugs, some tears,” said Allan Hughes, Unifor local 2182 president. “It’s been a really good team, there has been very little turnover in the last 20 years since this building was established, so it’s breaking apart a team.”
All marine communications on the West Coast will now be monitored from Victoria and Prince Rupert.