Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Davie Wins Shipyard Award

By Mark Edward Nero

Davie Shipbuilding, Canada’s largest shipbuilder, which is also known as Chantier Davie Canada, was named North American Shipyard of the Year at the Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Awards 2015, which took place Feb. 18 in Houston, Texas.

The runner-up in the category was San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO, the US naval shipbuilder. Shipyards from throughout North America were evaluated on their “ability to deliver quality vessels on time, to meet the needs of all stakeholders and to showcase innovative designs while adhering to high environmental standards.”

The panel of judges included chairmen and presidents of the marine industry's leading governing bodies and trade associations.

“I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the men and women of Davie shipbuilding, company Chief Executive Officer Alan Bowen said in his acceptance speech. “We are honored that this panel of respected judges has chosen Davie as North America’s No. 1 shipbuilder. Over the past two years, Davie has sealed its place in the global specialized shipbuilding, ship repair and ship upgrade markets.”

The company, which was founded in 1825, has invested significantly in new systems and new equipment in the past few years. In 2014 it delivered the most complex commercial vessel ever built in North America, and later this year is expected to deliver the first LNG-fueled ferries ever built on the continent.