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Thursday, June 11, 2020 

Seaspan Shipyards' Vancouver Shipyards Co and Heddle Marine Service have entered into a teaming agreement for the Canadian Coast Guard’s future Polar Icebreaker, bringing Heddle and Ontario shipyards into the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

Under the terms of their agreement, if Seaspan Shipyards is awarded the Polar Icebreaker, Heddle will fabricate ship modules at its three Ontario shipyards, creating sustained, predictable and long-term work for Heddle in Hamilton, St Catharines, and Thunder Bay.

Seaspan was selected in 2011 as Canada’s NSS strategic partner to build all large non-combat vessels following a comprehensive, open and transparent competitive process. Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyard was purpose-built for the construction of the Polar Icebreaker. It claims to be the only shipyard in Canada with the workforce, facilities and capacity in place to deliver the complex vessel by the Coast Guard’s critical 2029 deadline.

Canada’s existing Polar Icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, is in its sixth decade of service. According to the Request for Information issued by Public Services and Procurement Canada, a replacement is needed by 2029 in order to continue to support Canada’s economy and year-round marine trade, to resupply Canada’s Arctic communities and industries, and to conduct search and rescue and environmental response operations in the Far North.

Mark Lamarre, CEO Seaspan Shipyards, said: “The NSS is employing thousands of Canadians and rebuilding the marine industry across the country; Heddle has broad domestic skills and facilities that so far have been untapped to support the strategy. We are excited to partner with Heddle to extend the economic and social benefits of the NSS, and to leverage their skills and resources to deliver a flagship Polar Icebreaker worthy of the Canadian Coast Guard and its critical missions.”

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