HMCS Protecteur will be the largest naval ship ever built in Canada

January 16, 2020 – Today, Seaspan Shipyards and its more than 2,800 employees were proud to host the ceremonial keel laying event for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future HMCS Protecteur. The keel laying event is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction during which a newly minted coin is placed near the keel where it will remain for the duration of the ship’s life. The coin is said to bring good luck for the builders and all those who sail in the vessel. The future HMCS Protecteur, the first of…

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Keel Laid in North Vancouver for First Berlin Class AOR

January 16, 2020 – After a 10 year delay, a ceremonial keel laying event for the first of two new AORs. The keel laying event is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction where a newly minted coin is placed near the keel, which traditionally runs along the length of the ship. The coin was laid by Seaspan’s Senior Procurement Specialist Jeff Smith, a 45-year employee of the company. It will remain for the duration of the ship’s life, and is said to bring good luck for the builders and…

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Adding Third Strategic Partner under National Shipbuilding Strategy

December 19, 2019 – Today, the Government of Canada announced Chantier Davie has prequalified to become the third strategic partner under the Strategy. The NSS’s third yard will build six program icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. This shipyard has demonstrated it meets initial requirements related to experience, capability and capacity, as defined in the Invitation to Qualify issued on August 2, 2019. Chantier Davie will now move to the next stage in the selection process, the Request for Proposal and evaluation stage. This will include a third-party assessment of…

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Seaspan Shipyards Appoints David Hargreaves as Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

October 4, 2019 – Seaspan Shipyards, Canada’s non-combat shipbuilding partner for the National Shipbuilding Strategy, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Hargreaves as Vice President, Strategy & Business Development. David brings to Seaspan over 25 years of experience in complex system engineering and a track record of growth-oriented industrial development, building long-lasting customer relationships and establishing strategic partnerships. Leveraging Seapan’s world class modern infrastructure, capability, and capacity, David will be responsible for growing Seaspan’s domestic and global business for ship building, repair and overhaul in Vancouver and Victoria.…

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Seaspan Shipyards Names Amy MacLeod VP Corporate Affairs & External Communications

September 25, 2019 – Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy MacLeod as the organization’s new Vice President, Corporate Affairs & External Communications. Based in Ottawa, Ms. MacLeod will be responsible for developing, managing and maintaining strategic public relations and external communications plans and tactics to support Seaspan Shipyards’ business and marketing objectives. A well-known executive and community leader in the Ottawa area, Ms. MacLeod joins Seaspan with over 25 years of communications experience in the technology and defence sectors as well as with political organizations. Most…

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Hepburn Engineering to Provide Replenishment Systems for Protecteur Class

August 13, 2019 – Seaspan Shipyards is pleased to announce that it has awarded Hepburn Engineering Inc. (Hepburn) of Toronto, ON, a contract for work on Canada’s new replenishment ships. Hepburn will provide four Replenishment Stations for the Joint Support Ships, which will allow the vessels to transfer fuel, fresh water, and solid goods to and from other vessels. These Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) systems will be fully compatible with NATO standards, thereby allowing the new replenishment ships to resupply and refuel Canadian and allied task force ships at sea, considerably extending…

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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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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…

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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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Thales Relies on Key Suppliers for Protecteur Class

Maple 30, 2019 – Thales, in its role as Seaspan Shipyards’ Electronic Systems Integrator for the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy’s non-combat vessels, has awarded key contracts for Canada’s new Joint Support Ships. Contracts have been awarded to DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (DRS TCL), located in Ottawa, Ontario, and OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) located in Burnaby, British Columbia. Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Thales is a Tier One partner and the Electronic Systems Integrator for Seaspan Shipyards for the non-combat vessels. Thales is responsible for the procurement and integration of key…

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