Celebrating 10 Years as Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy Partner

On October 19, 2021, Seaspan Shipyards celebrated an important milestone in the company’s history — the 10 year anniversary as Canada’s shipbuilding partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). 

In a message to employees, Mark Lamarre, CEO Seaspan Shipyards expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the shipbuilding team, supporting departments and supply partners over the past decade:

“Exactly a decade ago, on October 19, 2011, a crowd of our employees gathered to hear, and cheer, the live televised moment when the Government of Canada announced the winners of the NSS shipyard competition. The opportunity to renew the federal fleet and rebuild the industry was, and is, a big deal.

The decade since has been a remarkable journey of transformation and teamwork. With every steel cut, weld, and block lift, every design and engineering review, each supplier and customer conversation, we have relearned and regained the shipbuilding knowledge and muscle memory Canada was so close to losing. The same growth is happening across our supply chain. We are restoring shipbuilding on the West Coast and rebuilding a sustainable, thriving industry across the country that is strategically important to Canada.

In the process, we have transformed into one of the most modern shipyards in North America, designing, building, and delivering world-class ships to our Coast Guard and Navy and creating capability and innovation that simply did not exist 10 years ago. Our high-performing team of 2,700 is working side-by-side with our equally talented NSS partners, the Coast Guard and Navy, and our suppliers.

We have a lot to be proud of and much work ahead, thanks to exceptional teamwork from a great many people, but especially those at the heart of our shipyard — our employees. I want to thank each of you for bringing your talent, commitment and determination to work with you every day. I feel very privileged to be part of the exceptional team that is Seaspan Shipyards and I have never been more optimistic about the future of shipbuilding on the West Coast of Canada.”

Watch this video of the anniversary milestone.