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Chantier Davie Awarded Contract for Refit Work

On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a $14.36 million contract ($16.5 million including taxes) to Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, for vessel life extension (VLE) work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Louis S. St-Laurent, Canada’s largest icebreaker.

This follows an Advance Contract Award Notice issued on October 29, 2020, in which Canada signalled its intention to enter into a contract with Chantier Davie. The shipyard was identified as the only facility in Eastern Canada with a dry dock large enough to perform this work.

Work will begin in the spring of 2022 and will include inspections, regulatory maintenance and equipment upgrades to extend the operational life of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent until a new ship comes into service. The scheduled VLE work will take place over a 3-month dry-docking period in 2022 .

The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent provides critical icebreaking and emergency response services in Canadian waters. Its home port is in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Additional VLE work is planned over the next few years, so that the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent can continue to deliver critical icebreaking services and serve Canada throughout the next decade.

In May 2021, the Government of Canada announced it will move forward with the construction of 2 polar icebreakers under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. This procurement approach will ensure at least 1 polar icebreaker is delivered by 2030 when the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is expected to retire from service.

Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada is delivering important benefits for Canadian shipyards and suppliers across Canada. This contract was awarded under the repair, refit and maintenance component of the strategy, which continues to provide opportunities for the Canadian marine sector. It will help to create or maintain approximately 50 jobs at Chantier Davie.

Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement stated, “The National Shipbuilding Strategy continues to provide important economic opportunities for shipyards right across Canada. Canada’s skilled shipbuilding workforce is helping us repair and maintain our fleets, while supporting economic growth across the country.”

“This announcement is another testament to the invaluable expertise of Davie’s workers. Once restored, the Louis S. St-Laurent will continue to proudly serve Canada, ensuring the safety of maritime traffic, the delivery of essential supplies, and the transportation of our Coast Guard members to remote areas of Canada for decades to come”, commented Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Québec.

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