The Canadian Government has chosen Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards as the prime contractor for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) programme to build non-combat vessels.
As part of the government’s fleet renewal proposal, 28 large vessels will be built including the joint support ship, polar icebreaker, offshore oceanographic support vessel, and offshore fisheries science vessels.
Canada also plans to build 116 small ships for $2bn, which will be announced in bidding among other Canadian shipyards.
Under the $8bn programme the Canadian Government is planning to create 4000 jobs over the next eight years.
Alion Science and Technology is part of the team to build non-combat-orientated vessels.
Under the contract awarded by Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), Alion will work with team leader Seaspan Marine and provide ship design and engineering through its subsidiary, Ottawa-based Alion Canada.
Construction of the new vessels will start after 2012 while over $150m worth of infrastructure will be carried out at Seaspan’s shipyards in North Vancouver and Victoria.