Victoria Shipyards to Maintain Canada’s West Coast-based Halifax-class Frigates

July 16, 2019 – Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards has signed a contract to perform Docking Maintenance work on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of Halifax-class frigates. This work has been executed by Victoria Shipyards for the last decade under the Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) modernization program.

The maintenance support for Canada’s frigates will see Seaspan provide docking work periods for Canada’s five Halifax-class frigates stationed on the West Coast. The Government of Canada also announced similar work would be conducted by two other Canadian shipyards for Canada’s seven East Coast-based Halifax-class frigates. The initial phase of the contract awarded for Seaspan’s work is valued at $500 million and, with contractual extensions, will provide long-term stability for Seaspan’s workforce over the next several decades.

Work will be conducted at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards which operates out of the federally-owned Esquimalt Graving Dock. Today’s announcement builds on the company’s exemplary record as a partner to the Government of Canada on past Halifax-class modernization efforts.

With a well-earned reputation for on-time, high quality delivery of large modernization and conversion projects, Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards is a trusted partner to the Government of Canada and a range of commercial customers. This includes engagement as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Canada to perform upgrades to New Zealand’s ANZAC-class frigates, the first time that a foreign warship will undergo a modernization in Canada since the Second World War. As a subcontractor to Babcock Canada the shipyard provides ongoing in-service support for Canada’s fleet of Victoria-class submarines. The company also continues to make its mark in the commercial sector as one of the few North American shipyards executing work on international cruise vessels and performing the first major vessel LNG duel fuel conversion on two ships.

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