02/21/2013 02:28 EST | Updated 04/23/2013 05:12 EDT

New search and rescue lifeboat station planned for southern Newfoundland

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A new coast guard search and rescue lifeboat station is planned for southern Newfoundland.

Federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield says the $6.6 million facility will replace an existing one in Burin.

The new station will include construction of a wharf, an operations building with living quarters and a storage facility.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and be complete in 2015.

The Burin lifeboat station is home to the coast guard cutter W. Jackman, a 16-metre search and rescue vessel that provides 24-hour coverage with four crew members.