What are you doing for the next 15 years?

WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CAREER ON LAND OR ON WATER, SEASPAN HAS THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU.

Shipbuilding and Ship Repair

Be part of the team building ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard, or repairing cruise ships, submarines, tankers, and more…

Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s long-term, strategic shipbuilding partner for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. As a direct result of this, Seaspan Shipyards has work for decades to come. To complete these exciting projects, we rely on thousands of skilled trades workers in North Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Now is the time to come to Seaspan and apply your skills to be a part of something important, and something that lasts. We need people from all trades to join our team and work with us to build, repair, and refit vessels of all sizes at our Vancouver Shipyards, Victoria Shipyards, and Vancouver Drydock.

We’re looking for skilled people to fill a variety of roles at all of shipyards, from welders to electricians to crane operators. We have decades of consistent, local work ready, where you can build or repair ships during the day and go home to your family at night.

Ready to join the team? Email tradesrecruitment@seaspan.com or contact one of the unions below to get started.

All of our seagoing staff members must be members in good standing of their relevant union, and all positions are filled through the applicable union dispatch hall.

Master, Mate, and Engineer positions

Canadian Merchant Service Guild Western Branch
#130-815 First Street
New Westminster BC V3L 2H7
Email: cmsgwb@cmsg.org
Phone: 604-939-8990
Fax: 604-939-8950
www.cmsg-gmmc.ca

Deckhand and Cook positions

Working at Seaspan Ferries:

Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU)
Unit 201 – 267 West Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7M 1A5
Ph: 604-687-6699
Fax: 604-687-6897
www.seafarers.ca

Working at Seaspan Marine:

International Longshore & Warehouse Union Canada
Local 400
120 – 111 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-251-7174
www.ilwu.ca

If you have the dedication and talent and want to be a part of West Coast marine history, join the Seaspan team and begin your adventurous seagoing career.

All of our employees in skilled trades positions must be members in good standing of their relevant union.

Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. – Poly Party Unions

Marine & Shipbuilders – Local 506
Mr. Shawn Sly
Unit 211 – 3823 Henning Dr
Burnaby, BC V5C 6P3
Phone: (604) 558-1506
Fax: (604) 558-3506
email: local506@shaw.ca

Trade Classifications

  • Welders
  • Shipfitters
  • Painters/Sandblasters
  • Riggers
  • Crane Operators
  • General Labour

International Association of Machinists – Lodge 692
Mr. Walter Gerlach
201–19005 94th Avenue
Surrey BC V4N 3S4
Phone: (604) 513-3883
Fax: (604) 513-3853
email: wgerlach@iam250.org

Trade Classifications

  • Mechanics (Engine Fitters)
  • Machinists

United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters – Local 170
Mr. Mark Glazier
201–1658 Foster’s Way
Annacis Island, Delta BC V3M 6S6
Phone: (604) 526-0441
Fax: (604) 526-6261
email: mark.glazier@ualocal170.com

Trade Classifications

  • Pipefitters

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 213
Mr. Mandeep Saggu
1424 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 5W2
Phone: (604) 571-6500
Fax: (604) 571-6502
email: msaggu@ibew213.org

Trade Classifications

  • Electricians

 

Vancouver Drydock Co. Ltd. – Poly-Party Unions

Marine Workers & Boilermakers Industrial Union – Local 1
Mr. Fred Simmons
#136 – 4299 Canada Way
Burnaby BC V5G 1H3
Phone: (604) 254-8204
Fax: (604) 608-2925
email: fsimmons@marineworkers.ca

Trade Classifications

  • Welders
  • Shipfitters
  • Painters/Sandblasters
  • General Labour

Marine & Shipbuilders – Local 506
Mr. Shawn Sly
Unit 211 – 3823 Henning Dr
Burnaby, BC V5C 6P3
Phone: (604) 558-1506
Fax: (604) 558-3506
email: local506@shaw.ca

International Association of Machinists – Lodge 692
Mr. Walter Gerlach
201–19005 94th Avenue
Surrey BC V4N 3S4
Phone: (604) 513-3883
Fax: (604) 513-3853
email: wgerlach@iam250.org

United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters – Local 170
Mr. Mark Glazier
201–1658 Foster’s Way
Annacis Island, Delta BC V3M 6S6
Phone: (604) 526-0441
Fax: (604) 526-6261
email: mark.glazier@ualocal170.com

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 213
Mr. Mandeep Saggu
1424 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 5W2
Phone: (604) 571-6500
Fax: (604) 571-6502
email: msaggu@ibew213.org

 

Victoria Shipyards

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers – Local 191
Mr. Robert Taylor
802 Esquimalt Road
Victoria BC V9A 3M4
Phone: (250) 383-4196
Fax: (250) 383-4688
email: rtaylor@boilermakers191.ca

Trade Classifications

  • Welders
  • Shipfitters

 On behalf of the following Labour Supply Unions

 

Vancouver Drydock Company Ltd. – Core Group

Marine Workers & Boilermakers Industrial Union – Local 1
Mr. Fred Simmons
#136 – 4299 Canada Way
Burnaby BC V5G 1H3
Phone: (604) 254-8204
Fax: (604) 608-2925
email: fsimmons@marineworkers.ca

On behalf of:

  • Marine & Shipbuilders 506
  • Machinists 692
  • Pipefitters 170
  • IBEW 213
  • Operating Engineers 115

What we're building under the National Shipbuilding Strategy

Complete

Seaspan Shipyards has built and delivered three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, the first full class of large vessels under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, for the Canadian Coast Guard. The missions of these vessels include monitoring the health of fish stocks, understanding the impacts of climate change, and supporting research that allows us to better understand our oceans. Delivery of these vessels was completed in 2020.

In Progress

Seaspan Shipyards is currently constructing two Joint Support Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy,  which will provide underway support to naval task groups, including the re-supply of fuel, food, ammunition, spare parts and other supplies between ships at sea. These vessels are the longest naval ships ever to be constructed in Canada.  Delivery of these vessels is planned for 2025 and 2027. 

Seaspan Shipyards is also constructing one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard , which will be the primary oceanographic science platform for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Equipped with the latest scientific research apparatus, the OOSV will be able to meet its crucial mission to increase our overall understanding of the impact that climate change has on the oceans. Delivery of this vessel is planned for 2025.

The Future

Seaspan Shipyards is currently designing one Heavy Polar Icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard. This vessel will be the largest ship and flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking fleet, with a critical role in protecting Canada’s Arctic sovereignty. Delivery of this vessel is expected in 2030.

Seaspan Shipyards is also currently designing the first fleet of what will be a total of 16 Multi-Purpose Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, which will support a variety of missions, including aids to navigation, icebreaking, and offshore search and rescue. Delivery of these vessels is expected to be well in to the 2030s and beyond.

Marine Transportation

Our marine transport operations require capable and dedicated people to work at sea on our tugs, barges, ferries, and towed vessels. These seagoing positions are exciting careers that offer travel, professional advancement, access to up-to-date equipment, a great team of shipmates, and a unique working life that takes you to all the corners of British Columbia’s breathtaking West Coast and beyond.

As leaders in the marine transportation industry, we make sure we meet the highest standards in safety, healthy worksites, and environmental practices. We have more than a century of experience in the West Coast marine transport industry.

Hear from Seaspan Marine employees

There is exciting work to be done on the water.