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Marine Communications Officers
The station of Sydney was owned and operated by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada for most of its history starting in 1907. The station operated from North Sydney under contract with the Department of the Naval Service. It was perched on Harvey's Hill, exposed to every storm the Gulf is so noted for. North Sydney was considered as the coldest station in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A new operating building was constructed in 1936-37.

Sydney radio was granted the call sign VCO probably in 1912.

Besides communicating with ships at sea, North Sydney worked with Sable Island and Grindstone. The Cape Breton station linked Cape Ray and Pictou all year round and Heath Point (Anticosti Island) during the navigation season on the St. Lawrence. In 1957, along with other Marconi stations, it was transferred to the Department of Transport. Less than a decade later - 1965 - the station was moved to the Sydney airport.

Once it was decided to make marine radio and aeradio stations separate entities again, the marine services were transferred to a new facility at the Coast Guard College in 1988. Due to its co-location with the CCG College, Sydney MCTS has provided and continues to provide an on site location for check-out and refresher training for students and instructors alike.

Charlottetown Coast Guard Radio closed January 31, 1996. All its services were amalgamated at the Sydney MCTS Centre.

Strait Crossing Ltd. first established Northumberland Traffic as a traffic monitoring facility during the construction of the Confederation Bridge. It was a privately operated radar site monitoring shipping traffic in the area of the bridge construction site. After the construction was complete, and at the request of Strait Crossing Ltd., the Northumberland VTS zone was expanded and adopted by Saint John MCTS Centre/VAR in 1997. The radar site has since been discontinued and the zone is now a VTS radio reporting only system via a site at Cape Egmont, P.E.I. On November 2, 2000 Northumberland Traffic was remote to the Sydney MCTS Centre.
Unifor Local 2182
Sydney / VCO
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