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Seaspan Awards Bluedrop Training & Simulation NSS Contract

Seaspan Shipyards has awarded Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a contract for work on the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) new Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV). Bluedrop represents one of several Atlantic Canadian suppliers to date that Seaspan is working with to meet its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

Bluedrop designs and develops highly specialized, high performance, tactical training for frontline operators of equipment working in complex environments and high-risk situations. This includes, training systems needs analysis, custom courseware development, virtual simulation training devices, and ongoing in-service training support. Bluedrop is developing training programs for a variety of different systems on the OFSVs, including alarm control and monitoring, vessel maintenance, propulsion, power management, bridge operation, navigation, and internal communications.

Thanks to its work under the NSS, Seaspan has issued over $850M in committed contracts with approximately 570 Canadian companies, with nearly $40M in contracts awarded to Atlantic Canada-based companies. By building ships for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in Canada, Seaspan is helping to re-establish a Canadian marine industry. As the company continues to make progress on its NSS commitments, this supply chain is expected to grow as more Canadian companies realize new opportunities with a revitalized shipbuilding industry. It is through its work on the NSS that Seaspan is directly and indirectly helping to employ thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

“Seaspan Shipyards is committed to building ships in Canada with a Canadian workforce and supply chain. Our relationship with Bluedrop is a prime example of this work and a demonstration of the national impact of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Thanks to the NSS, we are creating highly-skilled, middle-class jobs, and growing our industry”, stated Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards.

Jean-Claude Siew, Vice President of Technology & Simulation, Bluedrop Training & Simulation declared, “This contract is of particular significance to Bluedrop as it represents our first sale to a company based on Canada’s West Coast. We are proud to be a part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and to partner with Seaspan to deliver world class training services to the CCG.”

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