Friday, March 1, 2013

Canadian Government Announces Shipbuilding Contracts

The Canadian government, as part of its National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, or NSPS, has agreed to about $15 million in preliminary contracts for joint support ships, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker polar icebreaker and offshore fisheries science vessels.

The joint support ships will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s auxiliary oiler replenishment vessels. The CCGS John G. Diefenbaker is a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker being built by Seaspan Marine Corp. It’s expected to join the fleet in 2017, with delivery coinciding with the decommissioning of the Canadian Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.

The offshore fisheries science vessels are intended to replace the CCGS Teleost, the Alfred Needler and the W.E. Ricker.

“The joint support ships will be a critical tool for achieving success in both international and domestic Canadian Armed Forces missions,” Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Associate Minister of National Defense and Member of Parliament for Delta–Richmond East, said in a statement. “We are committed to the complex work of rebuilding our Royal Canadian Navy’s surface fleet, creating high-quality marine sector jobs and to getting the job done right.”

As part of the NSPS, Vancouver Shipyards Co. will assist in the progression and assessment of the joint support ship design options; initiate a review of the polar icebreaker design and refine the offshore fisheries science vessel design and specifications; and produce construction plans and determine requirements for material, subcontractors and labor.

“The (Canadian) Government created the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to support Canadian jobs and industries, while bolstering the Canadian economy by building ships right here in Canada,” Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, said in a statement. “Industry analysts have estimated that our shipbuilding strategy will contribute 15,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast and over $2 billion in annual economic benefits over the next 30 years.”