Next step toward construction of oceanographic science vessel for Canadian Coast Guard
The OOSV will replace the CCGS Hudson, the Canadian Coast Guard’s oldest and largest science vessel.
The Government of Canada has awarded a contract of $453.8 million (taxes included) to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to enable the company to transition the offshore oceanographic science vessel (OOSV) project from the design phase to full construction.
Construction of the OOSV will begin in spring 2021, with delivery expected in 2024.
The OOSV will replace the CCGS Hudson, the Canadian Coast Guard’s oldest and largest science vessel. The vessel will be capable of performing multiple tasks, including oceanographic, geological and hydrographic survey missions. This work will contribute to Canada’s understanding of oceans and the impacts of climate change.
The Government of Canada remains firmly committed to implementing the NSS and delivering important benefits for Canadian shipyards and suppliers across Canada. This contract is expected to create or sustain more than 700 jobs annually.
Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, says:
“We are celebrating another important milestone under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The offshore oceanographic science vessel will support the Government of Canada’s scientists in conducting vital research that will contribute to the stewardship of Canada’s ocean resources.”
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, says:
“There are clear advantages to building this ship in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard. This contract will mean jobs for workers at the shipyard, opportunities for suppliers and investments in Canada’s economy. It also means a stronger marine industry for Canada, one that will deliver benefits for years to come.”
Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards, says:
“Coming on the heels of the first full fleet of new fisheries science vessels being delivered, this build contract for the offshore oceanographic science vessel signals the critical transition from the design phase of the vessel to full-rate construction. We look forward to officially moving the program out of engineering and into the yard, and to cutting steel in the very near future. Watching the iconic red and white of a Canadian Coast Guard ship taking shape in our yard never gets old.”