Government of Canada announces polar icebreakers to strengthen Canada’s presence in the Arctic and provide essential services to Canadians
OTTAWA, ON, May 6, 2021 / CNW / – Canada has three oceans and the longest coastline in the world. Our country’s blue economy depends on a strong Coast Guard fleet to keep sailors safe, protect our coasts and waterways, and deliver commercial goods and other vital services to Canadians.
The recent growth in commercial shipping, the severe effects of climate change and the increase in maritime activity in the Arctic have all highlighted From Canada need for a renewed Coast Guard fleet.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Bernadette Jordan, accompanied by the The Lieutenant of Quebec and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, the Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced the appointment of the Government of Canada will go ahead with the construction of two polar icebreakers as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (SNN).
The two new polar icebreakers will have a greater capacity and capacity than those of From Canada the largest current icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, and will both be built by Canadian shipyards. Initial estimates suggest that building these ships will create around 300 jobs per ship in shipyards and 2,500 jobs across the entire marine supply chain. The construction of these new ships is in addition to the $ 17.49 billion in contracts already awarded to large and small shipyards through Canada within the framework of the NSS which resulted in the revitalization of From Canada the shipbuilding industry, and the creation of thousands of jobs already.
Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver, British Columbia, which has proven its shipbuilding capability with the completion of the first class of large ships under the NSS, will build one of the Polar icebreakers. The other polar icebreaker will be built by Davie Shipbuilding from Lévis, Quebec, pending the successful completion of the ongoing selection process as a third strategic partner for the construction of large vessels under the NSS. Both shipyards are expected to be supported by many small and medium-sized Canadian businesses across the country, ensuring that building these ships will be a historic, transnational effort to help lead From Canada economic recovery from COVID-19.
This procurement approach will ensure that at least one polar icebreaker will be delivered by 2030 when the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent should retire. The precise timing of icebreaker delivery will be determined once the shipyard agreements are in place.
With their enhanced capabilities, these larger and more powerful polar icebreakers will allow the Coast Guard to conduct year-round operations in From Canada Arctic. Their greater endurance will allow them to operate at higher latitudes for longer periods of time and allow the fleet to better support indigenous peoples and northerners, strengthen sovereignty in the Arctic, advance science. in the High Arctic and better respond to maritime emergencies.
Today’s announcement is a big step forward in ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs. It will also have a lasting impact on the Canadian marine industry, its workers and their suppliers. By their construction and service, polar icebreakers will contribute to the growth From Canada blue economy and create more opportunities in our coastal communities. They will strengthen our long-term Coast Guard and ensure that maritime services and science platforms are available year round in Arctic waters.
“The new Polar icebreakers will be a game-changer for From Canada the maritime industry – both in their construction and in the difference a stronger presence in the Arctic will make. Built by Canadian shipyards, these ships will allow the Coast Guard to conduct science, supply and other missions in our Arctic region throughout the year. As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are putting thousands of Canadians to work to build a fleet that will serve these communities for decades. ”
The Honorable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“We position Canada for the future by investing today to build a more competitive economy. This includes investments to support the nationwide construction of two new polar icebreakers. The industrial and technological benefits policy will apply to these investments to strengthen From Canada the shipbuilding industry and create good quality jobs for Canadians across the country. ”
The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“The know-how and expertise of shipyard workers Quebec city the region is well established. By planning an order for a polar icebreaker, we are confirming our confidence in them and supporting hundreds of jobs on site and throughout the supply chain in our regions. We are here to support the economic recovery and create good jobs for families in the national capital, the Chaudière-Appalaches region and all regions of Quebec. “
The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Lieutenant of Quebec and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
“It’s a good day for North Vancouver, for Vancouver, for British Columbia and it’s a good day for Canada. Two polar icebreakers will give Canada a year-round presence in the Arctic to help protect sailors, safeguard our marine environments, ensure the safe and efficient movement of ships and protect our borders. At the same time, we continue to build a thriving national shipbuilding industry, creating thousands of jobs and generating economic growth and prosperity in communities. British Columbia and Canada. “
The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“Today’s announcement is yet another demonstration of the success of the National Shipbuilding Strategy in bringing the Canadian marine industry together to strengthen and renew our federal fleets. We are honored to continue to support the delivery of modern ships, safe and efficient members of the Canadian Coast Guard., which also creates jobs and supports our nation’s shipbuilding industry. Through NSS, these ships will be built here and will support our communities from coast to coast to coast. ‘other. ”
The Honorable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“This major investment under the National Shipbuilding Strategy marks an important step in renewing the Coast Guard fleet and equipping our members with modern, safe and reliable vessels so they can continue. to provide essential services from coast to coast. We look forward to the addition of two new polar icebreakers to our fleet, which will extend Coast Guard’s on-water operations in the Arctic throughout the year. “
Mario pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard
- From Canada The Coast Guard currently has 18 icebreakers of varying sizes and capacities, making it the second largest icebreaker fleet in the world. The largest is the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, which will continue to operate for the next decade.
- In 2019, the government of Canada announced an investment for the renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet with funding of $ 15.7 billion for up to 18 new large vessels, additional funding for up to six program icebreakers, as well as investments of over $ 2 billion in the life extension, refit and maintenance work of the existing fleet.
- The government of From Canada The National Shipbuilding Strategy is a long-term, multi-billion dollar program focused on renewing the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy fleets to ensure that From Canada shipping agencies have the modern ships they need to fulfill their missions, while revitalizing From Canada the maritime industry, creating good jobs for the middle class and maximizing economic benefits across the country.
- To date, three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs) and 18 small vessels have been delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, as well as two refitted intermediate icebreakers.
- In 2019, the government of Canada announced its intention to add a third Canadian shipyard as a partner under the NSS and started the competitive process to select the new shipyard.
- Following an invitation to qualify (QIT), Davie Shipbuilding de Lévis, Quebec, is the only shipyard prequalified to become the third strategic partner within the framework of the strategy. Davie Shipbuilding has moved on to the next stage of the selection process, the request for proposal and the evaluation stage.
- Subject to the successful completion of the qualification process by Davie, the government of Canada will then begin negotiations for a framework agreement expected to be in place at the end of 2021.
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SOURCE Canadian Coast Guard
For further information: Jane Deeks, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 343-550-9594, [email protected]; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 613-990-7537, [email protected]