Davie to refit Canadian icebreaker

APRIL 24, 2014 — In an announcement made at Chantier Davie Canada, Lévis, Québec, earlier this month, Bernard Trottier, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services said that the Government of Canada has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Babcock Canada Inc. for critical refit work for Canadian Coast Guard ship CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. This contract was awarded as the result of an open and competitive procurement process. The shipyard portion of the work will be carried out by Chantier Davie as a sub-contractor to Babcock Canada.

The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is Canada's largest and heaviest icebreaker. While in drydock at the Davie shipyard the vessel will undergo critical maintenance. This work will be completed prior to the vessel’s deployment to the Arctic to provide icebreaking services and other activities including scientific research, search and rescue support, and delivery of essential supplies to remote communities.

The refit work to be completed on the vessel includes regulatory maintenance to the propulsion systems, hull, auxiliary/domestic systems and the navigation and communications systems.

“Davie has a long history of shipbuilding excellence in Québec and around the world," said Mr. Trottier. "This contract for refit work on Canada’s flagship icebreaker is just one example of how this government is making strategic investments that will not only ensure that the Coast Guard can continue its vital work, but will also support job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity right here in Lévis.”