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Port Metro Vancouver has signed a construction deal with Daigle Welding & Marine (DWM) of Campbell River for the design and construction of two new harbour patrol vessels.

The additional patrol vessels will support Port Metro’s growth, which is driven by increased trade at the Asia-Pacific gateway.

The vessels will be used to provide continuous marine surveillance with early incident detection and activity tracking, which could prevent impact on communities and the environment, while ensuring safe transport of cargo in the region.

Port Metro planning and operations vice-president Peter Xotta said that the company’s customers are excited about the vessels.

“The new vessels will allow us to quickly respond to the needs of our customers,” Xotta said.

In order to meet the Port Metro’s north-west ports clean air strategy, the vessels’ engines will use an advanced combustion system to minimise particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.

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The vessels are being constructed in Campbell River and will use parts from local suppliers, such as Vancouver’s Jastram Engineering and Osborne Propellers.

Jastram Engineering will provide the steering gear and control system featuring the digital control amplifier (DCA 100) and digital helm unit (DH 36) technology, which will help the vessels to automatically switch to manual hydraulic control in the event of a failure.

Osborne Propellers will provide semi-customised propellers specially modified for heavy loads to prevent the vessel from impacts with floating debris.

The vessels are expected to enter into service in May this year.

Port Metro Vancouver is a Canadian Government initiated non-shareholder and financially self-sufficient corporation.