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March 27, 2023 – North Vancouver, BC – As the shipbuilding industry in Canada continues its resurgence, Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded more than $2 billion in contracts to Canadian companies for the design and construction of new, large non-combat vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. This includes the supply-chain engaged for the three ships already delivered, the three currently under construction in the shipyard and the two-classes of vessels currently in the design phase. These vessels are being built as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), a multi-decade program to renew Canada’s federal fleet of ships and create economic impact and employment opportunities across the country.

Seaspan’s cross-Canada NSS supply chain continues to grow, and now includes more than 700 Canadian businesses, with greater than half being small and medium-sized enterprises – defined as having fewer than 250 employees. The long-term contracts provided to these businesses by Seaspan under the NSS provide a source of stable revenue that encourages suppliers to reinvest in R&D, technology and process improvements, skills development, and new infrastructure. British Columbia represents the largest contingent of suppliers, totaling more than 500 companies, while Ontario companies represent the largest contract value, over $950 million.

Seaspan is proving that the NSS is working in Canada. In October 2020, Seaspan completed the first full class of ships under the NSS, delivering all three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs) to the Canadian Coast Guard. Construction and delivery of the third OFSV was completed by working continuously, and safely, through the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction is also currently underway on the Canadian Coast Guard’s Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, and two Joint Support Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, the longest naval vessels to ever be built in Canada.

As Seaspan moves forward with the design of Canada’s Polar Icebreaker and the Multi-Purpose Vessels, contracts will continue to be awarded to its Canadian supply chain partners as additional services and materials are required.


“At Seaspan, we know that teamwork builds ships, and that teamwork extends to Canadian companies, many of which are small and medium sized business that we rely on within our supply-chain. The growth, in number and size, of our Canadian suppliers gives further proof that the National Shipbuilding Strategy is working, and that its goal of rebuilding a domestic shipbuilding industry is on a clear path to success. Canada is a maritime nation, and the shipbuilding industry will continue to be a steady and growing contributor to Canada’s economy. Given the uncertainty of Canada’s economic outlook, we’re pleased to be growing the economic opportunities for Canadian companies and Canadian shipbuilders, from coast to coast.”

– Steve Christiansen, Vice-President, Supply Chain Management, Seaspan Shipyards



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Seaspan Shipyards, a division of Seaspan ULC, is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce of 3,200 in North Vancouver and Victoria, Seaspan Shipyards has proven itself to be a trusted partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.

Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the NSS. In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.

Seaspan Media Contact
Ali Hounsell, Director of Communications