Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

October 31, 2014 15:10 ET

Minister Blaney Highlights Contract Awarded to Babcock Canada for Refit Work on Coast Guard Vessel CCGS Des Groseilliers

Work to be carried out by Chantier Davie Canada

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 31, 2014) -

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The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and MP for Lévis, Bellechasse and les Etchemins, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a $4.5 million contract to Babcock Canada Inc for refit and Vessel Life Extension work on Canadian Coast Guard ship CCGS Des Groseilliers. The shipyard portion of the work will be carried out by Chantier Davie Canada Inc., a sub-contractor to Babcock Canada.

Based in Québec City, the CCGS Des Groseilliers provides icebreaking services, search and rescue support, and Aid to Navigation services on the St. Lawrence River. The work to be undertaken includes replacement of the vessel's generator sets, main engine block as well as the propulsion control system in order to enhance the vessel's reliability to effectively complete program requirements for the next 10 years.

This contract is being awarded as part of the $360M investment to extend the life of the Coast Guard fleet announced by the Harper Government in February 2013. The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy 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.

Quick Facts

• Work is scheduled to begin in November 2014 and be completed by May 2015.

• This is the second contract awarded by the Canadian Coast Guard this year to the partnership formed by Babcock and Chantier Davie. The first one was a $6.5 million contract for refit work on the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent announced in April.

• As announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government will extend the life of sixteen Coast Guard vessels and complete mid-life modernizations on an additional two existing hovercraft over the next 10 years.

Quotes

"I am proud that our region will benefit from investments linked to the renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. The workers of Davie are talented, dedicated and skilled, and I have no doubt that we will continue to benefit from similar opportunities well into the future."

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and MP for Lévis, Bellechasse and les Etchemins

"Our Government is committed to ensuring that our brave men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard have the equipment they need to do their important work. This is why we have made historic investments totalling nearly $6.8 billion in the renewal of our Coast Guard fleet."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

"Our Government is committed to supporting the Canadian Coast Guard and our shipbuilding industry. Jobs and the economy remain the top priorities of our government and I am pleased that this contract will stimulate employment and economic growth here in Canada, while ensuring the best deal for Canadian taxpayers and their families."

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada

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Associated Links

Harper Government to Extend the Life of the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet

Canadian Coast Guard Fleet: Details on CCGS Des Groseilliers

National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: Repair, Maintenance and Refit

Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Procurement

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Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-990-7537

    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474