Canadian Ministers of Public Services and Procurement and Fisheries announced June 15 that Newdock – St. John’s Dockyard was awarded a CAD$3.6 million contract for the important refit and maintenance work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Samuel Risley.
Work on the Risley began in June 2016, and is scheduled to be completed by September 2016. Main vessel work includes replacement of the bow thruster, a crane overhaul and a recoating of the hull. The galley will also be refurbished and various pieces of equipment onboard the vessel will be inspected.
The CCGS Samuel Risley is an icebreaker and buoy tender based in Parry Sound, Ontario, normally operating in the Great Lakes. The Risley joined the coast guard fleet in 1985 and has a capability to break ice up to two feet thick.
“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure the safety and economic viability of Canada’s waterways. Through investments like this, the Canadian Coast Guard is able to continue its critical operations, while growing our economy and preserving middle-class jobs,” said Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada.
Funding for this project is partly provided under the Federal Infrastructure Initiative announced in November 2014. Under this initiative, the Canadian Coast Guard received $183 million for the repair, life extension and procurement of vessels and small craft.