GATINEAU, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 10, 2016) - Government of Canada
Canada is committed to enhancing meaningful economic opportunities for the Canadian marine sector and related industries via the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The NSS is a long-term commitment to shipbuilding that will rejuvenate Canada's marine industry, support Canadian technological innovation and bring jobs and prosperity to many communities across Canada.
The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that an $8.7-million contract has been awarded to Verreault Navigation Inc. for important refit and maintenance work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCSG) Pierre Radisson. The work will be done in Les Méchins, Quebec.
The CCGS Pierre Radisson is a medium icebreaker based in Québec, Quebec, normally operating in the St. Lawrence River, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Canadian Arctic.
The work will begin in early September 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2017. Main work items will include steel work, maintenance and repairs on several tanks, hull recoating, reconditioning the helicopter deck and hangar, replacement of windows and portholes, maintenance on propulsion and steering components, as well as interior repairs.
"The Government of Canada is fully committed to providing the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment they need to do their work in a timely and efficient way, and at the best cost to Canadian taxpayers, while preserving middle-class jobs."
- The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
"Repairing and maintaining vessels such as the Pierre Radisson is crucial to ensure the Coast Guard continues to provide the safe passage of people and goods through our waters now and in the future."
- The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy vessel repair, refit and maintenance projects, the competitive opportunity to do the work on the CCSG Pierre Radisson was open to all Canadian shipyards on the East Coast, as this is where the ship is based.
- In winter, the Pierre Radisson breaks ice and escorts ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the St. Lawrence and Saguenay rivers. In summer, the ship travels to the Canadian Arctic to escort commercial ships, serve as a primary search and rescue unit and provide support to scientific missions when possible.
- It is estimated that this contract will sustain approximately 100 jobs.
Contract award notice
National Shipbuilding Strategy
Canadian Coast Guard fleet: Details on the Pierre Radisson
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