Seaspan Shipyards – CEO message to employees – Thank You

To: All Seaspan Shipyards employees
March 20, 2020


As we come to the end of a week like no other I can remember, I want to send a note to say thank you. In the past five days, a constant barrage of new COVID-19 developments, information and regulations have turned the world upside down. The fundamental routines and rhythms of our daily lives – at home and at work – have changed, and we have had to completely rethink and reprioritize our personal and our company priorities, processes and procedures.

Despite what has felt at times like chaos and confusion, what stands out for me from this week is the grit, determination and commitment demonstrated by our employees at Seaspan. I am impressed by our teams’ toughness, compassion, dedication, work ethic and loyalty. It is in our DNA to forge ahead and get it done. I respect, value and admire that.

There is no playbook or precedent for the climate we are living in, as we balance the need to keep our people safe with the need to keep our people employed. We know you and your families depend on us for both and we take both responsibilities seriously. I am acutely aware, however, that in this climate they are not equivalent.

As I committed to you last night, we will assess our operational situation and status daily. Today was a good day. So, for now, we remain open and operational, but ready to pivot and escalate our actions as soon as circumstances warrant.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for your efforts, your honesty, your hard work, your commitment, and especially your trust.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. And have a good weekend.

Mark Lamarre
Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards