Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, joined by James Moore, Minister of Industry and Regional Minister for British Columbia, announced that Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will build an additional 10 Noncombat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.
The new ships, confirmed during Minister Finley’s visit to the Shipyards, increase Seaspan’s noncombat build package to 17 ships from the seven originally announced on October 19, 2011. These additional ships include five medium endurance multitasked vessels (MEMTVs) and five offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
Brian Carter, President - Seaspan Shipyards, said, “Today’s announcement marks the latest milestone in the future of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) and the rebirth of the shipbuilding industry in British Columbia.”
Through the NSPS, Seaspan will develop and grow a world-class shipbuilding and ship repair center of excellence on the west coast that will create significant economic benefits for BC and Canada for decades to come.
“We are one year into our Shipyard Modernization Project, and with approximately one year remaining, the transformation of Vancouver Shipyards has been profound,” Carter said. “In addition to the progress on facilities, we are making a huge investment in people, processes and tools.”