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Canada Awards Contract for Naval Tugs

Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of National Defence, has awarded a contract of $102 million (including taxes) to Ocean Industries Inc., from Isle aux-Coudres, Quebec, for the acquisition of four tugs.

These new tugs will provide towing, firefighting and other critical support services to both the Atlantic and Pacific Maritime Forces. They will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s five civilian-crewed Glen-class large tugs and two Fire-class rescue boats.

Two of these tugs will go to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in British Columbia, while the other two will be delivered to CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia. The first two tugs are scheduled to be delivered in 2021, and the last two tugs in 2023.

This contract will help sustain or create up to 140 jobs for Ocean Industries Inc. and its subcontractors.

Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence stated,”Large tugs are an essential part of the auxiliary fleet that supports the Royal Canadian Navy. They help berth our warships as they arrive from operations or as they leave to support our allies.

“We’re very pleased to have obtained this contact to complete this project at our shipyard in Isle-aux-Coudres in the Charlevoix region. Though we’ve built a lot of ships, this is the most important contract ever taken on by Ocean Industries Inc.,” said Jacques Tanguay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Group.

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