May 29, 2019 – Ottawa, ON – Yesterday, approximately 70 representatives from the Government of Canada, major suppliers and other key stakeholders attended an open house at Seaspan Shipyards’ (Seaspan) new Ottawa office. The event was a celebration of this new work space in advance of CANSEC, a two day global defence and security trade show taking place at the EY Centre on May 29th and 30th.
Seaspan’s new Ottawa office provides a venue for meetings between the company and government and industry partners. The office will facilitate Seaspan’s business interests with the federal government through Vancouver Shipyards’ work as the chosen strategic long term west coast shipbuilding partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and Victoria Shipyards, as a centre of excellence in ship repair, conversions, refits and maintenance.
The investment in an Ottawa office is evidence of Seaspan’s commitment to strengthen relationships with its government customers, and to deliver on the objectives of the NSS: To build much-needed ships in Canada for Canada, to create high-quality jobs, and to generate new economic activity across the nation. Seaspan acknowledges the clarity that the Government of Canada provided on May 22 with the announcement of 16 additional Coast Guard vessels to be designed and built by Seaspan at its shipyard in North Vancouver.
In advance of CANSEC, Seaspan is especially pleased to have this office space to allow for continued supplier engagement following the trade show. To date Seaspan has issued over $850M in committed contracts with approximately 570 Canadian companies, the majority of which are with small- and medium-sized businesses. Canadian suppliers make up more than 90 per cent of Seaspan’s NSS-related supply chain and the company looks forward to further strengthening its domestic supplier relationship base for current and future opportunities.
“Thanks to our work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan Shipyards is developing a Canadian supply chain that can respond to the needs of our domestic shipbuilding industry, realize export potential, and create jobs across Canada. As we continue to make progress on our NSS commitments Seaspan is pleased to open a new location in Ottawa which will create opportunities to engage with the Government of Canada, our supply chain partners and key stakeholders.”
– Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards
- Seaspan operates three yards with a combined workforce greater than 2,300 people across its yards in North Vancouver & Victoria.
- To date, Seaspan has awarded nearly $850M in contracts to approximately 570 Canadian companies, including more than $275M with companies based in Ontario.
- In February of 2019, Seaspan announced contracts worth up to $118M with Ottawa based Lockheed Martin Canada.
- CANSEC is North America’s largest tri-lateral defence event.
- In 2018 over 11,500 delegates registered to attend CANSEC, over 5,000 Government of Canada representatives were registered with 3,000 of these delegates from DND
Seaspan and Lockheed Martin Canada partner for work on the Joint Support Ships