Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to announce that in association with its supply partner, Samuel Custom Plate, Algoma Steel Inc. (Algoma) has won a contract for work on Canada’s new replenishment ships. This award follows an open and competitive procurement process conducted by BC’s Samuel Custom Plate and Profiles. In working with Algoma and Samuel Custom Plate, Seaspan is affirming its confidence in the Canadian steel industry.
Under this contract, Samuel Custom Plate will subcontract Algoma to provide steel plates which will be used to construct part of the hull of the JSS. Algoma is a Canadian company employing 3,000 people at its steelworks in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The company, whose rich history spans more than 100 years, was instrumental in uniting Canada from coast to coast through its fabrication of train rails, and is once again taking part in history by participating in the revitalization of Canada’s shipbuilding industry. Algoma represents one of almost 80 Ontario suppliers to date that Seaspan is working with to meet its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).
With its work under the NSS, Seaspan has developed more than $850M in committed contracts with approximately 570 Canadian companies. By building ships for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in Canada, Seaspan is helping to re-establish a Canadian marine industry and helping to employ thousands of Canadians from coast to coast. As the company continues to make progress on its NSS commitments, this supply chain will grow as more Canadian companies realize new opportunities with a revitalized shipbuilding industry.
Seaspan Shipyards Chief Executive Officer Mark Lamarre said, “As we work to fulfill our role under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to work with partners like CPP and Algoma. As our supply chain expands, the NSS will continue to encourage investment by Canadian companies, support the development of export opportunities, and create highly skilled, middle class jobs across Canada.”
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