The Government of Canada has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Babcock Canada Inc. for critical refit work for Canadian Coast Guard ship CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.
The shipyard portion of the work will be carried out by Chantier Davie Canada Inc., a sub-contractor to Babcock Canada.
The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is Canada’s largest and heaviest icebreaker. While in drydock at the Davie Shipyard in Lévis, Québec, the vessel will undergo critical maintenance. This work will be completed prior to the vessel’s deployment to the Arctic to provide icebreaking services and other activities including scientific research, search and rescue support, and delivery of essential supplies to remote communities.
The refit work to be completed on the vessel includes regulatory maintenance to the propulsion systems, hull, auxiliary/domestic systems and the navigation and communications systems.
According to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is expected to provide 15,000 high-value jobs and $30 billion in economic benefit over the next 30 years.
Economic benefits from the strategy will flow to the broader marine industry, generating employment for skilled workers in a variety of sectors, such as steel manufacturing, information technology and defence systems.
Press Release, April 18, 2014; Image: Wikimedia