Seaspan building 10 more ships for coast guard as part of $3.3-billion contract

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – A Metro Vancouver shipyard will build up to 10 more non-combat ships for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Minister of Public Works Diane Finley announced the $3.3 billion project at the Seaspan shipyard in North Vancouver.

Finley says Seaspan will construct up to five medium endurance vessels for various coast guard programs, and up to another five offshore patrol ships for search and rescue operations and fisheries protection.

The new ships are in addition to the seven non-combat vessels that Seaspan was already slated to build when it was awarded an $8 billion contract by the federal government in 2011.

That year, Irving Shipyard in Halifax was also awarded a $25-billion contract to build 21 combat vessels.

The government says the shipyards are currently undergoing infrastructure upgrades in order to build the vessels efficiently, and Seaspan says modernizing its facilities will take another year.

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