The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is an initiative of the Canadian Government to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards was selected to build the non-combat vessels under this strategy, and is proceeding to undertake a Shipyard Modernization Program to support execution.
In the short term, the Shipbuilding Program provides for the construction of seven ships for the Navy and Coast Guard over a period of 7 to 10 years. The initial vessels included in the Non-Combat program are three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, one Polar Icebreaker and two Joint Support Ships. In the long term, there is a stated demand for an additional 18 to 24 Coast Guard ships that may be built in the future which could result in the shipbuilding program lasting up to 30 years.
The Shipyard Modernization Program requires the construction of several buildings, offices, cranes and other infrastructure, as well as the installation of state-of-the-art equipment. Seaspan is investing approximately $200 million into the yard to complete these infrastructure and technology upgrades. The construction activities will result in a modern, efficient shipyard that is sized to meet the needs of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and provide the potential to compete in international markets for commercial shipbuilding work. Benefits of modernization project include:
- Improvements to ground water capture and treatment;
- Improvements to blast and paint and related production facilities with increased environmental controls;
- Increase in percentage of work indoors reducing noise and dust.