Davie named North American Shipyard of the Year

The following is the text of a news release from Chantier Davie Canada:

(LÉVIS, Quebec) (Feb. 19) — Davie, Canada's largest shipbuilder, has been voted North American Shipyard of the Year at the industry's most prestigious awards ceremony, the Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards 2015. The award ceremony took place yesterday in Houston, Texas, together with the leading maritime companies in North America. The panel of judges included chairmen and presidents of the marine industry's leading governing bodies and trade associations.

Davie beat runner-up General Dynamics NASSCO, the U.S. naval shipbuilder, in the final. Shipyards from throughout North America were evaluated on their "ability to deliver quality vessels on time, to meet the needs of all stakeholders and to showcase innovative designs while adhering to high environmental standards."

In Davie's acceptance speech, Alan Bowen, chief executive officer, stated, "I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the men and women of Davie shipbuilding. We are honored that this panel of respected judges has chosen Davie as North America's No. 1 shipbuilder. Over the past two years, Davie has sealed its place in the global specialized shipbuilding, ship repair and ship upgrade markets. During the past few years, our world-class management team has invested significantly in new systems and new equipment. In 2014 we delivered the most complex commercial vessel ever built in North America and later this year we shall be delivering the first LNG-fueled ferries to be built on the continent."

Steven Blaney, MP for Levis-Bellechasse, congratulated Davie on the news. "What Davie has accomplished over the past two years is absolutely astounding. I am proud of the team at Davie who have justifiably received international recognition as North America's best shipyard through their hard work and dedication to the marine industry."

By Professional Mariner Staff