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Seaspan Shipyards celebrates 10th anniversary of building ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy


Industry

October 22, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

Photo: Seaspan Shipyards.

Seaspan Shipyards is celebrating ten years of building ships for Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

In 2011, Seaspan was selected as Canada’s long-term shipbuilding partner to construct large, non-combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.

“The shipbuilding industry in Canada has benefitted significantly from the National Shipbuilding Strategy. It has eliminated boom and bust cycles in shipbuilding, provided benefits to the entire marine industry and created good-paying jobs both directly and indirectly. The NSS has helped position our domestic marine sector to become an engine of industrial development and economic growth.” said Craig Alexander, Chief Economist, Deloitte Canada.

Seaspan’s NSS program of work includes three Offshore Fisheries Science vessels, one Offshore Oceanographic Science vessel, 16 Multi-Purpose vessels, and one Polar Icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard, and two Joint Support Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

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“Our first decade of NSS partnership has been a remarkable story of vision and transformation, of strength and resilience. We now have a sustainable, competitive industry on the West Coast that is enabling us to build world-class ships and a new generation of shipbuilders and marine experts here at home in Canada. The hard work and collaboration of the talented teams at Seaspan, across our marine supply chain, and in the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy are setting the stage for success for many decades to come.” said Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards.