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OSI and Davie Explore Collaboration in National Icebreaker Centre Polar Program

Davie creates Canada’s hub for polar technologies and Arctic expertise. Davie is the only shipbuilding facility capable of starting work today on flagship Polar Icebreaker. (CNW Group/Davie Shipbuilding)

Davie is seeking a collaboration with OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) in the National Icebreaker Centre (NIC) Polar program.

OSI is an acknowledged world leader in the development and manufacture of advanced integrated navigation and tactical solutions. Based in Vancouver with around 250 employees, OSI’s systems are deployed by many of the world’s leading navies and coast guards. In Canada, OSI has supplied the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) patrol boats, submarines and frigates for over 20 years.

OSI already has an established and successful relationship with Davie. The two companies made history in 2017 when the m/v Asterix ice-capable Resolve Class Combat Supply Ship was the first Canadian vessel to be fitted with OSI’s Integrated Bridge System (IBS). Now fully proven, versions of this IBS are planned for implementation in other RCN and CCG new-build ships.

As Canada’s only mega-facility with 50% of the country’s total shipbuilding capacity, Davie is ready to begin work on the Polar Icebreaker program immediately. An integrated build schedule will ensure the Polar complements other key programs such as the six Program Icebreakers Davie is set to build under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In fact, it would facilitate significant production efficiencies, leverage a learning curve and supply chain economies of scale, which would mitigate program cost, schedule and performance risks.


A recent economic impact study conducted by Deloitte1 for Davie concluded that building Polar icebreakers at Davie could generate up to 2,500 well-paid jobs, engage over 1,300 suppliers across Canada and contribute up to $2.5bn to the country’s economy.

“We welcome OSI as a highly valued addition to the Polar and broader icebreaker construction programs. They have much to offer the National Icebreaker Centre and could contribute to ensuring the CCG’s new fleet is a true Made in Canada solution, equipped with pioneering integrated systems created in Vancouver by hundreds of OSI employees.” James Davies, President & CEO, Davie Shipbuilding

“OSI is pleased to be exploring opportunities with Davie to deliver our Made in Canada integrated Navigation and Bridge System. We aim to leverage the work that we are doing on the CCG AOPS program to support the delivery of a low risk, cost effective and proven capability. The CCG icebreaker programs will create many high-quality jobs in Vancouver, BC and support OSI in developing icebreaker projects around the world.” Ken Kirkpatrick, President & CEO, OSI Maritime Systems



• Canada’s centre of excellence full service offering and strategic capability

• Huge positive impact on jobs and the economy

• Strategic partners are the best in the icebreaker business

• Canada’s only mega-yard ready and able to begin Polar now

• Polar is design-ready and work can start immediately

• Early delivery ahead of government’s schedule to serve all Canadians

• Davie builds multiple ships at once with zero program conflicts

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