Serco Buys Their Way Into NSS at Seaspan

August 1, 2019 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today it has completed the acquisition of Alion Science & Technology Corporation’s Naval Systems Business Unit, including its Canadian business and a small number of related contract operations (collectively ‘NSBU’), following the receipt of all regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. The purchase price was $225 million. This acquisition doubles the size of Serco’s business supporting the U.S. Navy. The NSBU has annual revenues of approximately $336 million and around 1,000 employees based at Naval…

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Algoma to Supply Steel for New AORs

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…

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CGAI: “Overcoming ‘Boom and Bust’? Analyzing National Shipbuilding Plans in Canada and Australia”

January 17, 2019 – While both Canada and Australia share similar constitutional frameworks and imperial histories, they are also no stranger to procurement challenges. Cost overruns, delays, regionalism, and protracted intellectual property disputes have all been part of major defence acquisition projects in recent decades. This Policy Paper analyzes the largest and most expensive procurement projects undertaken by either country, Canada’s $73 billion (estimated) National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), launched in 2010, and Australia’s A$90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan (NSP), launched in 2017. Each project represents an attempt to implement a…

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MAN selects Nova Scotia’s Modest Tree VR for AOPS Training

October 24, 2018 – MAN Energy Solutions has selected Nova Scotia-based simulation and training software developer, Modest Tree, to develop a virtual reality training solution for the engines onboard the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships under construction at Halifax Shipyard. The virtual reality training solution, the first of its kind in the marine sector, will train the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy to operate and maintain the ship’s engines. Each Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship will be propelled by two MAN Energy Solutions…

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CADSI on Canadian Surface Combatant Preferred Bidder

October 19, 2018 – Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), issued the following statement today in response to the federal government’s selection of Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). “Today’s announcement represents a significant milestone for the CSC program, and for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) as a whole. CADSI firmly believes, as we always have, that this is a nation-building program that will bolster Canadian industry, lead to more high-wage, high-skilled jobs…

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Seaspan engages with Canadian suppliers at DEFSEC

October 3, 2018 – Yesterday, approximately 60 representatives from current and potential suppliers attended Seaspan Shipyards’ (Seaspan) industry engagement event hosted in Halifax. At the event, participants received information on the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the opportunities associated with the non-combat package of vessels being constructed at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards. As part of its NSS commitments, Seaspan has to date engaged more than 500 Canadian suppliers and assigned approximately $650 million in committed contracts. The majority of these are with small- and medium-sized businesses. In all, Canadian suppliers make…

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Major Contract for Protecteur Class Announced

October 2, 2018 – Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded Hawboldt Industries (Hawboldt) of Chester, Nova Scotia, two contracts for a total value of $8M for work on Canada’s new Protecteur Class supply ships. This is one of several expected to be announced for Canadian suppliers supporting Seaspan’s work on naval supply ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Hawboldt will provide deck equipment for the new ships. This equipment will include anchoring and mooring packages and the primary cranes. Hawboldt has an established relationship with Seaspan thanks to its work…

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