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Smart Beach Project May 25

Following is from the Kincardine Record:

Smart Beach project set to kick off May 25 at Station Beach, Kincardine

May 18, 2022

The Municipal Innovation Council will launch the first-of-its-kind Smart Beach pilot project at Station Beach, Kincardine, May 25.

Beginning at 11 a.m., the public is welcome to engage with project team members and Dr. Chris Houser—the lead researcher behind the Smart Beach technology—to learn about what this initiative means for the community.

The collaborative project will deploy an integrated sensor network that includes water level and wave sensors, as well as traffic and pedestrian sensors. Researchers will use the data collected to provide residents and visitors with highly-accurate, real-time local beach forecasts on rip current locations, rough surf, and dangerous areas to avoid.

“Our research team is excited to get to work,” said Houser, Dean of Science and a professor in the School of Environment at the University of Windsor. “Over the next couple of months, we’ll be busy monitoring and modelling the waves and currents at Station Beach and the potential hazards to beach-users.”

“This project has been a great opportunity to engage the grassroots community and tailor this initiative to the local area, developing thoughtful communications and outreach activities to complement the Smart Beach technology,” said Becky Smith, director of the Centre for Municipal Innovation at the Nuclear Innovation Institute. “I’m excited to see where we can expand this project over the three-year pilot and beyond.”

“The Smart Beach project is a prime example of the Municipal Innovation Council at work on an innovative solution that can be adapted to, and applied across, our member municipalities on the Great Lakes,” said Kara Van Myall, chief administrative officer of the Town of Saugeen Shores and chairperson of the Municipal Innovation Council. “Together with community partners, we are building smarter, safer amenities for everyone to enjoy.”

“We look forward to the data that Dr. Houser’s team will compile and analyze,” said Kincardine fire chief Brad Lemaich. “Being able to have predictive tools will allow Kincardine to provide beach-users the knowledge to enjoy a safer experience at Station Beach. The information will also help to minimize first-responder risk levels if we are called to the scene.”

Learn more about the Smart Beach project at

And for more information about the municipal innovation work happening in Bruce County, visit the Nuclear Innovation Institute’s website at: and join the conversation on Twitter (@OntarioNII), on LinkedIn (Nuclear Innovation Institute) and on Facebook (@OntarioNII).

Mast Hoist Availability UPDATE

May 26,2022

Mast Hoist Availability   CHANGE IN DATE

The construction schedule at the marina has changed: concrete pouring on the south end of the East wall is expected to be delayed until Monday, May 30 due to weather, and then the contractor will start to work on the east end of the South wall, not the west end as originally planned.  Therefore, the mast hoist will be available until end of day on Sunday May 29, and then it will be out of service for a week to 10 days.  If you have not yet raised your mast and plan to do so this season, please keep these dates in mind.


Our traditional Christmas get together is likely to be our next Upcoming Event if conditions allow.  We’ll be monitoring the COVID situation and recommended guidelines for social gatherings, along with any access restrictions still in place at the time relative to a suitable venue and will be issuing notices pertaining to this as we get closer to the holiday season.

Kincardine OPP Marine Unit

The Boat: The vessel used by the South Bruce OPP Detachment is a 32’ (35’ LOA) Wielded Aluminum Patrol Craft built by Hike Metal of Wheatley Ontario in 2002.  This particular boat has been dubbed the HH Graham II, and is designated as a launch based on its characteristics.  Launches are vessels over 26’ in length and/or have twin engines. The “Graham” has two Volvo D4 Diesel engines producing 260 hp each. Each engine drives a Volvo duo-prop outdrive meaning each drive has 2 contra-rotating propellers, making for a very efficient drive system.  The “Graham” also has a 10.5 kw Westerbeke Diesel Generator supplying electrical power for lights, heat and kitchen facilities while out at sea.  The “Graham” is equipped with a fridge, stove and microwave as well as a marine head (toilet) allowing the vessel to remain at sea working for extended periods of time, while looking after the needs of the crew.  The “Graham” is also equipped with radar, chart-plotter, depth sounder and VHF and Police radios, as well as traditional navigational equipment such as compass, charts and charting instruments and range and bearing tools.  The Graham also has powerful mounted and hand-held spot lights and a night vision monocular for searches at night.

The Unit: The South Bruce Marine Unit is comprised of OPP officers specially trained in Marine Operations.  All OPP vessels are considered commercial vessels therefore crew must be trained to Transport Canada qualifications for the size and type of vessel being operated. There are two levels of Marine Operator within the OPP- Basic Marine operators who undergo a rigorous 2 week training program in vessel handling, seamanship, basic navigation and search and rescue.  Successful completion of the Basic Marine course means the officers will be issued with Transport Canada SVOP (Small Vessel Operations) and MED A3 (Marine Emergency Duties- level A3) certificates.  This will allow operators to control vessels designated as skiffs- less than 26’ in length with a single engine, and to crew on launches during daylight hours in favorable conditions. To become a Launch Operator, officers must attend another 3 weeks of training including more advanced navigation, seamanship and vessel handling including handling twin engine vessels, search and rescue and vessel maintenance.  Successful officers will be issued a Transport Canada Limited Master’s certificate, allowing them to command the launch in all conditions and times.  Many South Bruce marine officers have taken the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue course as well as other marine and boating courses on top of their OPP training. The “Graham” requires a minimum of one Launch Operator to command and pilot the vessel and one Basic Operator to crew the vessel during daylight patrol in favorable conditions, and two Launch Operators at night or in adverse conditions or during Search and Rescue operations.  Launch Operators are also entrusted to do routine engine and system maintenance of the vessel. The OPP have a full time Marine Mechanic on staff to handle more complex maintenance and repair.

The Mission: The mission of all OPP Marine Units is to patrol the designated waterways assigned to the unit; their primary responsibility being enforcement of the Criminal Code and Canada Shipping Act- Small Vessel Regulations.  Secondary duties include Search and Rescue and assistance and support to marine activities on or near the water, and other duties as assigned.  The South Bruce Marine Unit and the “Graham” are assigned to patrol the waters of Lake Huron from Grand Bend to Tobermory and from the shoreline to the international border.  The placement of the “Graham” in Kincardine puts the vessel’s home port approximately half way between its north and south patrol borders.

The Canada Shipping Act authorizes Police Officers to stop, board and inspect all Small Vessels (Pleasure Craft) and to demand the assistance of the operators of said craft in completing these inspections.  Police are generally looking to ensure that operators of pleasure craft have proof of competency to operate the vessel (Pleasure Craft Operator Card or other proof of competency), that the vessel is properly licensed and, most importantly that all required equipment is on board, readily accessible and in good working order, and that the vessel is being operated in a safe manner.  Police may also investigate impaired or “over 80” operation of vessels, and/or violations of the Liquor License Act including having open alcohol on board a vessel without the proper requirements being met, or improperly storing unopened alcohol on a vessel.  Police may investigate other criminal offences in which a vessel may be used, such as offences against the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or other crimes. Police Officers of the OPP are also designated Conservation Officers and may investigate and enforce offences against Ontario’s conservation laws.

If you see us in port, please come by and speak with us.  We love to answer your questions or provide advice or an inspection of your vessel to ensure you are compliant with current regulations, before heading out on the water.