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SEASPAN HANDS OVER CANADIAN RESEARCH SHIP

Friday, June 28, 2019 

Seaspan Shipyards and the Government of Canada have celebrated the official handover of the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), the 'CCGS Sir John Franklin' to the Canadian Coast Guard.

The delivery of the first OFSV is the culmination of years of work by Seaspan and supply chain partners from across Canada. As the first large vessel to be built and delivered to the Government of Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), it marks a significant milestone in the rebirth and revitalisation of the Canadian marine industrial sector. This achievement follows another important milestone with the recent successful launch of OFSV 2, the future CCGS Capt Jacques Cartier on June 5. OFSV 2 is currently undergoing systems commissioning in advance of the commencement of sea trials this fall. OFSV 3, the future CCGS John Cabot, will be structurally complete by the end of summer 2019.

Designed and built by Seaspan, the 63.4m OFSVs are one of the most complex ships of their size and type. Specifically designed to meet the needs of the Canadian Coast Guard and scientists, these vessels feature a variety of innovative systems including high-tech fishing trawls, laboratories and a deployable drop keel. The vessels will serve as a platform for Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists to monitor the health of fish stocks, better understand the impacts of climate change and support ocean research.

Under the Government of Canada’s NSS, Seaspan has significantly expanded its workforce, created a growing marine supply chain, and invested over $200M to upgrade its shipyard for the long term programme of work ahead.

“Seaspan Shipyards is proud to celebrate the delivery and acceptance of the first vessel designed and built under the NSS. This remarkable achievement is the result of the hard work and dedication of hundreds of talented Seaspan employees and supply chain partners from across Canada. When you build ships, you build more than ships. We are building an industry, we are building careers and we are building a vital sovereign capability to design, construct and sustain state-of-the-art vessels that fully meet the operational requirements of the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy,” said Mark Lamarre, CEO, Seaspan Shipyards.

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