Davie pitches Canada to convert ship for oil spill response

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(OTTAWA) — Quebec's Davie Shipbuilding is offering the federal government a new ship that is nearing completion, hoping to capitalize on Canada's plan to improve the response to maritime oil spills, the Ottawa Citizen reported. Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would spend $1.5 billion on a safety system to protect the coastlines from fuel spills from tankers and other sources. Davie says it has an offshore supply vessel, ordered by a Norwegian company that has gone bankrupt, that could be converted for oil spill response. Davie previously tried to interest Ottawa in a plan to convert another existing vessel into a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, but federal officials rejected the idea.

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By Professional Mariner Staff