For Immediate Release – November 24, 2014
North Vancouver, BC – Seaspan joined the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence today to support the Government of Canada’s announcement of the successful modernization of the first four Halifax-Class frigates for the $4.3 billion Halifax-Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension (HCM/FELEX) Program.
Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards has served as Canada’s capability partner on the West Coast since 2008, providing mid-life refit and maintenance activities, machinery control and combat equipment upgrades for the HMCS Calgary, HMCS Winnipeg, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Regina.
“We take great pride in our role as a trusted and reliable partner to Canada and its sailors.
We at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards are proud of the role played by our skilled men and women in making this historic event possible,” said Malcolm Barker, Vice-President and General Manager, Victoria Shipyards. “Seaspan has enjoyed a successful working relationship throughout the entire FELEX Program and we look forward to continuing our service to the Royal Canadian Navy and contributing to international naval operations when and as requested.”
HCM/FELEX has remained on-budget, and is scheduled for completion by early 2018.
Over the course of the program Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards will provide mid-life refit activities worth an estimated $385 million, creating employment for up to 300 workers.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to join Minister Nicholson in Canada’s celebration of this milestone accomplishment,” said Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards.
“Today’s announcement exemplifies Seaspan’s unwavering commitment to develop and grow a shipbuilding and ship repair centre of excellence in British Columbia through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).”
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