Firms Learn How to Participate on Seaspan’s NSS Projects
Halifax, NS – 104 people representing 81 companies attended Seaspan Shipyards’ third annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day in Halifax today. During the session, attendees received an update on Seaspan Shipyards’ progress on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package of vessels and associated supply chain opportunities.
“Seaspan Shipyards’ work on the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s Non-Combat package of vessels is having a solid impact on the Canadian economy and helping to create thousands of jobs across the country,” said Brian Carter, President & CEO - Seaspan Shipyards. “Our partnerships with Canadian companies will ensure the success of Canada’s domestic shipbuilding and marine industries for years to come.”
Seaspan Shipyards will spend millions this year with Canadian suppliers and has to-date committed to spend more than $500 million across its supply chain on NSS-related work. The economic impact of this will be substantial and see the creation of thousands of jobs, including the more than 2,000 employees currently at Seaspan Shipyards. It will mean that thousands of Canadians from all walks of life will get the opportunity to participate in the NSS and the shipbuilding and marine industries from communities across the country.
Business opportunities will continue to grow as Seaspan Shipyards progresses its work, hand-in-hand, with the Canadian Coast Guard on the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel and Royal Canadian Navy’s Joint Support Ships through the pre-production engineering and design phases, and the procurement of equipment and materials for these programs. Over 180 Canadian suppliers have contributed to the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel program where all three vessels are under construction.
In October 2011, after an open and competitive procurement process, the Government of Canada awarded Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards the opportunity to build Canada’s Non-Combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.
Seaspan’s Non-Combat Vessel backlog includes:
Three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs)
One Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV)
Two Joint Support Ships (JSS)
One Polar Icebreaker (PIB)
Up to five Medium Endurance Multi-tasked Vessels (MEMTVs); and
Up to five Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs)
About Seaspan Shipyards
With strategic locations in the Pacific Northwest region, Seaspan Shipyards is Canada’s West Coast centre of excellence for shipbuilding and ship repair. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce, the company has proven itself to be a reliable partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.
As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen Non-Combat shipbuilder for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada while helping to create jobs and rebuilding the shipbuilding and marine industries.