Posts Categorized: News

OFSV #1 – Seaspan Shipyards Launch Event

A video documenting the launch event for the future Sir John Franklin, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels to be produced as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, on December 8, 2017.

ABCMI Hosts Supplier Development Day on November 29

Please join us for the ABCMI Supplier Development Day, featuring speakers from leading companies in the marine sector and government representatives. Come and learn about all the business opportunities available for companies in the shipbuilding industry. Wednesday, 29 November 2017 8:00 to 14:30 JW Marriott Parq Vancouver Kitsilano Ballroom 39 Smithe Street Vancouver, BC V6B… Read more »

Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant Double Commissioning

The naming and christening of two new vessels on April 9, 2017. The Seaspan Swift and Seaspan Reliant are the first eco-ferries of their kind in North America, and in total, compared to our current fleet, we will see a 54% reduction in greenhouse gasses 63% in carbon dioxide, and more than 90% in both… Read more »

OFSV #1 time-lapse progress video

A timelapse of the construction progress of the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel #1 over the August 2015-February 2017 time period.

SEASPAN: Building the future of Canadian shipbuilding

Article courtesy of Esprit de Corps Magazine Ever since the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) was originally launched in 2011, there is one phrase that has been tossed around repeatedly, included in just about every news release related to the program. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a news story that doesn’t mention it, let… Read more »

Seaspan Responds to the Defence Policy Review

seaspan-responds-to-the-defence-policy-review June 30, 2016 Seaspan is pleased to contribute to the government’s Defence Policy Review. The Review represents an important opportunity to consider Canada’s current and desired future defence and security posture in a domestic, North American and global context. Federal government decisions emanating from the Review will define our national ambition from which will… Read more »

Seaspan’s Response to the Report of the Canada Transportation Act Review

seaspan-response-to-the-report-of-the-canada-transportation-act-review July 6, 2016 The Honourable Marc Garneau Minister of Transport Transport Canada 330 Sparks Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5 Canada Seaspan’s Response to the Report of the Canada Transportation Act Review Dear Minister, Seaspan appreciates the opportunity of responding to the Report of the Canada Transportation Act Review tabled, by you, in Parliament on… Read more »

Seaspan and Innovation

seaspan-and-innovation SEASPAN AND INNOVATION Seaspan is pleased to contribute to the federal government’s interest in stimulating and sustaining innovation in the Canadian economy. We hope that the Seaspan story is helpful to you in your deliberations. Our summary input to the federal government is as follows: Seaspan’s innovation path was launched thanks to Canada’s long-term… Read more »

Industry Insight: Joe O’Rourke

Building on the legacy: Joe O’Rourke – Vice President and General Manager, Victoria Shipyards It can’t be easy taking over from one of the most well-known and respected characters in B.C.’s maritime industry, but that’s exactly what Joe O’Rourke did. In replacing Malcolm Barker as Vice President and General Manager, Victoria Shipyards, Joe considers himself “lucky” to have inherited a very good team with a strong… Read more »

Vanguard Game Changers: Tim Page

Tim is responsible for building and maintaining Seaspan Shipyards relationship with the federal government based on trust and their ability to help federal customers achieve their goals through Seaspan Shipyards in Victoria and Vancouver. HOW IS SEASPAN CHANGING THE GAME WITHIN THE DEFENCE INDUSTRY? Seaspan is one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing shipbuilding companies…. Read more »

NSPS AND SEASPAN: Building Canada’s Maritime Future

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has long been an iconic institution for those who live and work in Canada’s maritime environment. Today, through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), it has a golden opportunity to reinvigorate public attention and enhance its well-earned recognition for its mission. By re-equipping the CCG with its next generation of science, icebreaker and patrol vessels, NSPS is enabling it to promote Canada’s… Read more »


– Article by Evelyn Brotherson, published in the November 2015 edition of Esprit de Corps Seaspan Shipyards is the shipbuilding industry leader on Canada’s West Coast Located at the base of the North Shore Mountains, the facilities at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards include a major steel forming shop, a large fabrication and assembly hall, and a… Read more »

UBC Offers One-Year Marine Programs

The University of British Columbia (UBC) has two ways for engineers to take advantage of opportunities in naval architecture and the shipbuilding industry. Since 2013, the UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering has offered a one-year program for engineering degree-holders to earn a Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (M.Eng. NAME) degree. UBC… Read more »

Building Next Generation Ships for the RCN and Canadian Coast Guard

Tim Page – Vice President, Government Relations, Seaspan Shipyards CDR: Seaspan Shipyards won the NSPS noncombat package in October, 2011 and signed the umbrella agreement in February, 2012 to build ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. Can you please give us an update on where all those projects stand at this time? TP: As you know, NSPS… Read more »

Seaspan to build more vessels for CCG

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards received more good news in October when the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services announced an order for up to 10 additional vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. The new vessels — five Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels (MEMTVs) and five Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) — will be added… Read more »

Seaspan and the NSPS: On time, on budget

Having just passed the two-year mark of submitting one of the winning bids for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), Seaspan is in the throes of a modernization program that, when finished, will have used 2.2 million pounds of rebar and 3,200 truckloads of concrete to prepare the shipyards for cutting steel in 2014. In… Read more »

The passing of the log carrier

By Syd Heal It seems certain that, even though she has long since been forgot – ten by most of the local shipping world, a sentimental tear or two might have been shed for the passing of the second of the only two self-propelled, self-dumping log ships to grace our coast. I speak of the… Read more »

Three Tugs Commissioned

Seaspan Marine Corp commissioned their last three Turkish-built (Sanmar Shipyard) tugs in a gala ceremony held in late June at the Cates Tug facility at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Each vessel was sponsored by a BC first nation representative (see photo below) and local members of the Squamish Nation paddled a… Read more »

New kid on the dock

Brian J. Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards Don’t let the lack of grey hair fool you. Brian Carter might be new to the industry in B.C. but he’s no stranger to shipbuilding and he’s especially no stranger to large-scale maritime business development projects with successful results. When BCSN sat down with Brian to find out how… Read more »

Western Canada Shipbuilding Summit highlights opportunities for NSPS suppliers

Nearly 600 people attended the Western Canada Shipbuilding Summit in May, hosted by Western Economic Diversification Canada. Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver, and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for WD, provided welcoming remarks, noting that this initiative was a part of the federal government’s Western Canada’s Shipbuilding Action Plan. The day-long session… Read more »

B.C. shipyards gearing up for federal work boost

The size of the pot of gold at the end of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy rainbow is known but it may still be a while before the benefits flow out to the industry. With major projects on its order book, Seaspan Marine Corporation is going to need help from other yards and there is… Read more »

Burrard Drydock Company: More than just ships were built

A recent donation of photographs related to the Burrard Drydock Company led me into our collection to see what other associated library and archival records we had. Shipwright Alfred Wallace started the Wallace Shipyards Ltd. in 1906. As his company grew, he changed the name to Wallace Shipbuilding and Repair Ltd. and expanded to sites… Read more »

Victoria firms line up for a slice of the shipbuilding pie

Local companies among 600 to attend summit in Vancouver today BY CARLA WILSON, TIMES COLONIST The Saanich Peninsula’s Ramsay Group of companies will be among th e 600 companie s packing a shipbuilding summit in Vancouver today. Organizers had originally expected about 300 participants but ended up with double that for the event, an early… Read more »

Green Marine Environmental Program

On March 2, 2011 Seaspan became the first major West Coast company to join the Green Marine Environmental Program. Seaspan not only enrolled its marine fleet, but also its shipyards in the Green Marine program. The inclusion of Seaspan’s shipyards represents a significant first for Green Marine, as the first shipyard operation to enroll in the… Read more »