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Feds award contract for Coast Guard icebreaking capability

First vessel is expected to begin operations for the upcoming icebreaking season


August 13, 2018
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LÉVIS, QC—Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a $610-million contract to Chantier Davie, of Lévis, Quebec for the acquisition of three icebreakers and work to prepare the first ship for service in the Canadian Coast Guard.

Further costs will be known once the government has examined the vessels and determined what work is required to prepare them for service.

This contract will help to secure up to 200 jobs at Chantier Davie, the government said.

The first vessel is expected to begin operations for the upcoming icebreaking season, beginning in December 2018. The second and third vessels will be converted, refit and available to support Coast Guard programs by the summer of 2019 and the winter of 2019-2020, respectively.

This contract follows an advance contract award notice issued on June 22.