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New boats for Coast Guard

The Canadian government has awarded a $7.6-million contract to a Delta, B.C., company that will build 27 vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.

The federal government has been criticized for its 2013 closure of a coast guard station on Vancouver's waterfront and the spill of 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into English Bay in April.

However, National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynn Findlay made the announcement defending the Conservatives, saying they have invested more in the Fisheries Department's assets than any other government

Zodiac Hurricane Technologies Inc. will construct 18 station-based and nine ship-based inshore-rescue boats that will be used across Canada.

The company's website says it is the largest manufacturer of professional rigid inflatable boats.

The Fisheries Department says the vessels will be part of a fleet for search and rescue operations and conservation efforts.

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