Shipyard Modernization Project

Canada’s Most Modern Shipyard

Seaspan’s Shipyard Modernization Project is complete! On November 6, 2014, Vancouver Shipyards officially celebrated the completion of its two-year, $170M Shipyard Modernization Project ahead of schedule and under-budget. Funded entirely by Seaspan, this project has transformed Vancouver Shipyards into the most modern facility in North America that will establish a shipbuilding and ship repair centre of excellence on the West Coast, and allow for the effective and efficient delivery of Non-Combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy, while providing greater potential to compete in the international market for commercial shipbuilding work.

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Time Lapse

Shipyard Modernization Time Lapse 1

Watch as we build our new Sub Assembly, Block Assembly and Pre-Outfit shops. Also, keep an eye out for the movement of our Repair Blast & Paint Shop to its new foundation.

Shipyard Modernization Time Lapse 2

Watch as Vancouver Shipyards transforms a vacant storage area into state of the art Pre-Erection and Erection vessel construction areas including a 300T goliath crane, mobile shelters and service towers.


Shipyard Modernization Time Lapse 3

The shores of North Vancouver now house Canada’s largest permanent gantry crane. Check out the construction of our new 300 tonne crane, aptly named “Big Blue”.


While the main design and construction activities of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy will take place at Vancouver Shipyards, tests and trials will occur at Victoria Shipyards.

Our Shipyard Modernization was completed on time and below budget, and resulted in the creation of the following facilities:

  • Sub Assembly Shop with modern equipment
  • Panel Shop with panel line
  • Block Assembly Shop
  • Pre-Outfitting Shop
  • Paint and Blast Shop
  • 300 tonne permanent Gantry crane over erection berth

Extra 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.