The following is the text of a news release from Chantier Davie Canada:
(LEVIS, Quebec) — Chantier Davie Canada Inc. today announced that hull number 717, the Cecon Pride, a multipurpose offshore construction vessel, has been delivered to its client, Norwegian oilfield services company Cecon.
Davie’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Bowen commented, “This ship is the most complex commercial vessel to have ever been built at a North American shipyard. It’s also the largest vessel built in Canada in over 25 years, since Davie held the previous record.”
Cecon’s chairman, Riulf Rustad, added, “We would like to thank Davie and its employees for the successful delivery and for going above and beyond to ensure the vessel was ready for deployment straight onto her first contract, eliminating the need to carry out the extra mobilization works in Europe. The new management of Davie has delivered on its promises.”
Steven Blaney, MP for Lévis-Bellechasse and Les Etchemins and minister of Public Safety, commented, “The completion of a project of such complexity and scale is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the capacity of Canadian shipbuilding.”
Launched in October 2013, the hull was then outfitted and further works were added to the construction program to ensure the vessel could be deployed immediately from the shipyard to Europe, where it will commence offshore construction activities.
Built by over 1,000 skilled shipbuilders, Hull 717 is the first in a three-ship construction program at Davie. The 130-meter-long ship is designed to perform a wide variety of functions for the oil and gas, renewable energy and naval market.