Work will begin soon on the on the new Berlin Class AOR for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
These purpose-built vessels will play a vital role in meeting Canada’s domestic and international obligations and will fully meet the operational needs of the RCN. By starting construction on Berlin Class AOR, Seaspan is able to realize continuous production and ensure further progress is made on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) commitments. This move demonstrates the value of the long-term, strategic partnership established between the Government of Canada and Seaspan under the NSS.
“Seaspan Shipyards is a proud partner to the Government of Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy,” said Brian Carter, President & CEO of Seaspan Shipyards. “By starting construction on the Joint Support Ships, our company is supporting the operational needs of the Royal Canadian Navy and the long-term success of Canada’s shipbuilding industry.”
With the Seaspan-built Berlin Class AOR, Canada’s women and men in uniform will be able to support our nation’s role in the world. These ships will deliver fuel and other vital supplies to vessels at sea, offer medical and dental services, and provide facilities for helicopter and equipment repair. Berlin Class AOR will be built to highest standard and with modern equipment, propulsion redundancy, a 30+ year life expectancy and the ability to stand in harm’s way if required. The AOR possess the ability to support Canadian Naval Task Groups and operations with Canada’s allies for both military and humanitarian missions and will be fully staffed by the RCN.
Canada’s shipbuilding industry has been rebuilt thanks to the NSS. To date, Seaspan has $600M in committed contracts and engaged approximately 500 Canadian firms thanks to its NSS-related work alone. At its peak, work on Berlin Class AOR will contribute towards sustaining an estimated 1,000 jobs at Seaspan.
The Berlin Class AOR will be designated the Protecteur-class in recognition of the distinguished service provided by two of Canada’s former replenishment oilers HMCS Protecteur and Preserver. Seaspan has declined comment on why the term Joint Support Ship (JSS), a type rejected by Norway and Canada on cost grounds, is still being used.