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Canada’s Shipping Strategy Bolsters Economy 

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Vancouver, B.C. shipyards.

The Harper Government recently announced a series of preliminary contracts valued at a total of $15.7 million for the joint support ships, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker polar icebreaker and the offshore fisheries science vessels.

“The Harper Government created the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to support Canadian jobs and industries, while bolstering the Canadian economy by building ships right here in Canada,” said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women. “Industry analysts have estimated that our shipbuilding strategy will contribute 15,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast and over $2 billion in annual economic benefits over the next 30 years.”

As part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, these initial agreements will enable Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. to:

  • assist in the progression and assessment of the joint support ship design options;
  • initiate a review of the polar icebreaker design; and
  • refine the offshore fisheries science vessel design and specifications; and produce construction plans and determine requirements for material, subcontractors and labor.


The joint support ships will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s auxiliary oiler replenishment vessels. The new polar icebreaker, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, will be delivered to coincide with the decommissioning of the Canadian Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, and the offshore fisheries science vessels are intended to replace the CCGS Teleost, the Alfred Needler and the W.E. Ricker.

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Photo credit: Gordon Henderson, Heath Moffatt & Jordan Junck

Compiled from Public Works and Government Services Canada press report.

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