Executive Council
Natural Resources
Service NL

February 15, 2018

Provincial Government Remembers the Ocean Ranger Tragedy

On the 36th anniversary of the sinking Ocean Ranger off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Provincial Government is remembering the 84 lives that were tragically lost.

The annual Ocean Ranger memorial prayer service will be held at 10:45 a.m. today (Thursday, February 15), at St. Pius X Church in St. John’s.

“On February 15, we are forever reminded of the tragic Ocean Ranger event and the loss of 84 lives. Our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones that day. The health and safety of offshore workers is a top priority for our government. As stewards of responsible development, we are supporting the highest standards for worker safety, environmental protection and management of petroleum resources of offshore workers in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who lost their loved ones to the Ocean Ranger tragedy 36 years ago. We continue to work together with our federal colleagues to modernize the regulatory framework for our offshore and to support the maintenance of a strong health and safety culture for the protection of workers.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources

"Thirty-six years later, the tragic loss of 84 lives is still felt deeply across our province. Each loss stands as a reminder of the importance of a robust occupational health and safety regime. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Newfoundland and Labrador Act includes such a regime, which is our firm commitment to ensuring the health and safety of everyone who works in our offshore industries.”
Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh
Minister of Service NL

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Provincial-Federal Cooperation Strengthens Occupational Health and Safety Practices in Canada's Atlantic Offshore - www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2014/servicenl/1218n01.aspx

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2018 02 15                                                   9:15 a.m.