MAN to provide engines for Canada's new joint support ships (JSS)

(NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Seaspan Shipyards has awarded MAN Energy Solutions Canada (MAN) of Vancouver, B.C., a contract valued at $55 million for work on Canada’s new joint support ships (JSS). MAN is one of several major systems integrators that Seaspan is working with in order to meet its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

Under this contract MAN will provide propulsion and power generation components for the JSS. This will include two MAN 12V32/44CR (common rail) propulsion engines equipped with environmental protection SCR technology, reduction gears, propulsion shafts, propellers, ship service diesel generator sets, and an emergency diesel generator set. Work on these components will take place in Europe at MAN’s established manufacturing facilities. Work taking place in Canada will include MAN providing the integration for these systems, training, testing, and support during the harbor acceptance trials and the sea acceptance trials.

As a result of this contract MAN is investing in new facilities and creating jobs on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. As part of this MAN has already successfully invested in Aspin Kemp and Associates,(AKA) from Prince Edward Island, thus supporting the government of Canada’s objective to re-establish and grow the Canadian maritime industry and provide access to world markets. MAN is also supporting education initiatives and has provided the British Columbia Institute of Technology with the largest training engine on the West Coast.

With its work under the NSS, Seaspan has developed more than $850 million in committed contracts with approximately 570 Canadian companies. By building ships for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in Canada, Seaspan is helping to re-establish a Canadian marine industry. As the company continues to make progress on its NSS commitments, this supply chain will grow as more Canadian companies realize new opportunities with a revitalized shipbuilding industry.

By Professional Mariner Staff