Earlier this month, B.C.-based Seaspan
unveiled their first Canadian Coast Guard Ship, built under the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, putting a spotlight on the growing local marine manufacturing and maintenance industry.
The newly-built ship is the first of three 63-metre offshore-fisheries science vessels to be deployed off Canada’s west and east coast. In December, Seaspan expects the ship to be launched to Vancouver Island for final interior construction at the company’s Victoria Shipyards, prior to testing and sea trials.
The Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Bruce Ralston, attended the event at Seaspan’s North Vancouver facility, along with 3,000 other guests. The company has invested approximately $170 million in upgrading their facilities in North Vancouver and Victoria.
Other vessels to be built by Seaspan under the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s $8-billion, non-combat package include a 150-metre polar icebreaker, an 86-metre offshore oceanographic science vessel and two 174-metre joint-support ships. The company was awarded the contract to build non-combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy in 2011, solidifying their position as a leader in the industry.
For over 35 years, British Columbia companies have been at the cutting edge of research and commercial development of advanced marine and ocean technologies
. They have successfully developed, manufactured, and exported products and systems to hundreds of government and private sector customers worldwide.
The diverse marine sector in British Columbia includes shipbuilding and design, marine transportation, aquaculture and fishing, tourism and recreation, government services, and defence. The health and vigour of the industry is supported by four large public universities and several regional universities, colleges, and technical training institutes with specialty programs in the fields of ocean science and marine technology. In addition, several government research facilities and associations focus on the ocean and marine sector.
For more information on the ocean technology sector in British Columbia contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives