The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) marked the traditional keel-laying ceremony for the second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMCS Margaret Brooke, at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard on May 29, 2017.
A keel-laying ceremony is one of the most significant dates in a ship’s construction. This ceremony was marked by the placing of a coin onto the keel of the ship by Olivia Strowbridge, the first woman in a trade supervisory role at Halifax Shipyard, and its first female certified ship spray painter. In shipbuilding tradition, this coin will remain embedded within the ship’s structure for its entire life, and will invite good luck for all who sail in it. Once the coin was placed, Ms. Strowbridge declared that the keel is now “well and truly laid”.
Today, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that pre-qualified companies are invited to submit proposals for the design of Canada’s Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) fleet. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this key deliverable was released by Irving Shipbuilding Inc., the government’s prime contractor for this project.
Today, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) awarded $2 million in funding to nine applied Arctic research projects focused on areas of importance to Canada’s Arctic communities and the marine industry.
On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Irving Shipbuilding was honoured jointly with Hatch (formerly Hatch Mott MacDonald) by Engineers Nova Scotia with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Engineering for the Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program.
Watch this video to see the construction of AOPS from January–September of this year.
Irving Shipbuilding and the Department of National Defence (DND) honoured the legacy of a decorated veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as steel cutting for the second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, commenced.
The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding Inc., released today the results of a Marine People Partnership report intended to inform the development of a sustainable national marine industry workforce
As the prime contractor to build Canada’s Surface Combatants (CSC), Irving Shipbuilding supports today’s announcement that Canada will be moving forward with an existing warship design for CSC vessels. This refined strategy allows Canada to acquire the right ships for the right price, delivered in a timely manner. We will continue to work closely with the Government of Canada to ensure the right foundations for the CSC Program are in place, doing our part to strengthen capacity for our men and women in uniform.
“Pathways to Shipbuilding”, a collaborative program that includes mentorship and skills training, will allow 20 Indigenous students to train at NSCC in metal fabrication. This pilot program will offer successful students the opportunity to build a career in shipbuilding.
As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Halifax company Bluedrop Training and Simulation has has been selected to develop and provide training and simulation software for the Arctic Patrol Ships (AOPS) vessels.
The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. are pleased to announce the recipients of $1.8 million to support nine new ocean research projects that align with MEOPAR’s aim to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate and respond to marine risk.
Irving Shipbuilding begins construction of the first Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) for Canada.
A dozen students entering shipbuilding-related trades at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) receive the first-ever Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence bursaries which cover the full cost of the two year program.
Irving Shipbuilding’s Partnership with Women Unlimited will provide education funding and job opportunities to 20 women this year, who will participate in the welding and metal fabrication programs at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Akerley Campus.
The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding sign the $2.3B Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) Build Contract at Halifax Shipyard.
GE Canada awarded PEI’s Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) an $80M contract to provide switchboards, variable frequency drives, and other electrical components for drilling ships.
Irving Shipbuilding and partners celebrated the installation of the last steel truss on the new Production Building at the Halifax Shipyard, where Canada’s new naval combat ships will be built. The truss was signed by members of Ironworkers Local 752, before it was lifted 47 meters to be placed on the top of the very north end of the new building.
As part of a siding contract with Flynn Canada Ltd, four Mi’kmaq tradesmen hired for siding, cladding and roofing of new shipbuilding facilities.
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. announces a $300 million investment in a two-year construction and engineering project to prepare Irving’s facilities to build Canada’s future combatant ships.
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. enters the Definition (Design) phase of work the Canada’s new combat vessels—the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships.
Hatch Mott MacDonald Engineering—a Nova Scotian company with over 40 years of marine industry construction experience—is awarded the site engineering contract for the redevelopment of Halifax Shipyard.
Federal and provincial government announce a preliminary $9.3 million contract enabling Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to plan an execution strategy for Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships project.
The Government of Canada signs an umbrella agreement allowing Irving Shipbuilding Inc. the privilege and responsibility to build vital equipment for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard.
Irving Shipbuilding Inc. announces its successful selection to negotiate the right to build Canada’s future naval combat fleet under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.