The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Member of Parliament for Lévis, Bellechasse et des Etchemins, announced today that the Government of Canada has awarded a $13.6 million contract to Chantier Davie Canada Inc. for Vessel Life Extension and refit work for the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Earl Grey.
The CCGS Earl Grey celebrated its 30th year of service earlier this year, on February 8. She has provided valuable service to Canadians, assisting in firefighting on the Kitano in Halifax Harbour in 2001, and also helping to recover the wreckage of Swissair flight 111 off Peggy’s Cove in 1998.
Renewing the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet is part of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, which aims to support a vibrant Canadian shipbuilding industry by ensuring shipyards across the country can compete and benefit from Canada’s significant ongoing maintenance requirements while ensuring the best value for Canadian taxpayers.
- This is the third contract involving Chantier Davie awarded by the Canadian Coast Guard in less than a year. The first two contracts were awarded to the partnership formed by Babcock and Chantier Davie.
- A $6.5 million contract for refit work on the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent was announced in April 2014 and a $4.5 million contract for refit and Vessel Life Extension work on Canadian Coast Guard ship CCGS Des Groseilliers was announced in October 2014.
- Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the CCGS Earl Grey is a medium endurance multi-tasked vessel used for aids to navigation, icebreaking, science research, search and rescue and environmental response.
- Work is scheduled to begin in mid-March 2015 and to be completed by January 2016.
- The VLE contract will include extensive repairs and upgrades throughout the vessel, such as repairs to the hull, upgrades to the main engine, as well as to the auxiliary generator controls and electronic switchboard and equipment.
- This contract is being awarded as part of the $360M investment to extend the life of the Coast Guard fleet announced in February 2013 that will allow extending the life of sixteen Coast Guard vessels and completing mid-life modernizations on two existing hovercraft over the next 10 years.
“Our Government is committed to creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians. I am extremely proud to announce a third contract for Chantier Davie in less than a year that will create jobs and growth. Once again, the Davie Shipyard has shown it has the competence, talent and skills to compete successfully on federal contracts, and I am sure more opportunities will arise.”
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Lévis, Bellechasse et des Etchemins
“Our Government is committed to providing our men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard with the tools and equipment they need to perform their important duties while creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians. Our unprecedented investments to renew the Coast Guard fleet ensure the safety of our Canadian mariners.”
The Honourable Gail Shea, Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
“Our Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is helping to revitalize Canada’s shipbuilding industry. Investments like this one ensure that Coast Guard vessels can continue to serve Canadians and create jobs in communities across Canada.”
The Honourable Diane Finley, Canada’s Minister of Public Works and Government Services