Davie only shipyard to qualify to build Canada's new icebreakers

(OTTAWA) — The Quebec shipbuilding industry got a boost from the federal Liberal government on Dec. 20 with news that the Davie shipyard outside Quebec City will be the only builder eligible for potentially billions of dollars of work building Canada’s next fleet of icebreakers, the National Post reported.

Ontario-based Heddle Shipyards, which had raised concerns from the start that the selection process was rigged in Davie’s favor, did not qualify, according to Public Services and Procurement Canada. It was the only other company to apply.

News of Davie’s qualification followed the Liberals’ decision earlier this year to add a third shipyard to the federal government’s multibillion-dollar National Shipbuilding Strategy, through which the government is building new naval warships, Arctic patrol vessels and coast guard science ships.

The third yard will join Irving Shipbuilding in Nova Scotia and Seaspan Marine in Vancouver in the shipbuilding program. It will be responsible for constructing at least six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.

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By Professional Mariner Staff