VICTORIA – All four North Shore MLAs joined Premier Christy Clark and their government colleagues today to demonstrate a unanimous commitment to B.C.’s shipbuilding industry. In addition to MLA Ralph Sultan’s Private Member’s Motion, MLA Joan McIntyre made a two minute statement in the Legislature to show support for a bid to secure part of a 30-year federal shipbuilding plan worth $35 billion.
“This contract is vitally important to the North Shore for the job-intensive, family-strenghtening opportunities that it brings. Our government’s support demonstrates our unwavering commitment to those families. ” – West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan
“This bid deserves our support because it ensures the stability of the B.C. shipbuilding industry with skilled jobs and training opportunities. It would give our province its rightful place in Canada as a centre of shipbuilding excellence.” – West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Joan McIntyre
“The standards of excellence for our shipyards in British Columbia are second to none, and the bid from Seaspan deserves nothing less than our full support. Today, our government has done just that.” – North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Naomi Yamamoto
“Today, the four North Shore MLAs stood united with the government and the Opposition to support the Seaspan bid because it creates jobs and that is the best way to support families.” – North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite
- The federal government’s $35 billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is designed to rebuild and refit the country’s marine fleet over the next thirty years.
- The procurement model is revolutionary, intending to create two centres of shipbuilding excellence in the country that are sustainable over the long term, highly competitive and technologically advanced. These two Centres of Excellence will, in effect, have the first right of refusal on any and all federal contracts for large combat and non-combat vessels respectively over the next thirty years.
- Two large vessel programs (combat and non-combat) and one small vessel program are part of the strategy.
- Estimated $25 billion over 30 years for combat vessels 22 years which have received funding approval.
- Estimated $8 billion over 30 years for non-combat vessels 7 to 9 years which have received funding approval.
- Estimated $2 billion small vessel program which will not be part of a Centre of Excellence and will be open to competition on a contract-by-contract basis to any shipyard in the country that is not part of a Centre of Excellence.
- Four shipyards, including Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (as well as Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards), Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in Halifax, Seaway Marine & Industrial Inc. in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, and Davie Shipyard Inc. in Quebec are vying to become one of two 30-year strategic partners with the federal government.
- Seaspan Marine Corporation is an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal and deepsea transportation, bunkering, ship repair and shipbuilding services in Western North America.
- Affiliate companies include three drydocks: Vancouver Drydock Company, Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. and Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd.
- Seaspan shipyards are experienced in new construction, conversion, repair, and maintenance projects, including cruise ship conversions, work for the Canadian Navy, repair and maintenance work on deep sea vessels and containerships as well as new construction and repair work on ferries, tugs, fishing vessels, Arctic Class and research vessels, barges and yachts of various sizes.
- Seapsan’s workforce includes approximately 2,000 at sea and ashore personnel located in Vancouver and Victoria.