The first year since winning the right to negotiate the contracts to build Canada’s next fleet of combat ships has been a busy one. Across the province, the region, and the country, people are taking training and education programs, investing in businesses, and making productivity upgrades in order to claim their rightful place in the next thirty years of growth and opportunity.
Irving Shipbuilding has been working steadily with federal government partners to finalize the Design and Build contracts for the first set of vessels due, the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). The $9 million AOPS contract involves a team of 30 reviewing Canada’s AOPS design, developing an execution strategy, and doing a detailed cost-estimate on the Engineering phase of the program.
We’ve been recognized as a centre of shipbuilding excellence, and now this standing is being formalized, as Irving Shipbuilding and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence program. Other investments in education and training include expanded ocean technology training at NSCC, and the Halifax Marine Research Institute.
And this is only the beginning. The benefits of all these opportunities go far beyond the shipyard – the economic spin-offs are plenty. Thousands of businesses – small and large – and thousands of families will benefit from the $25 billion in contracts over the next 30 years.
Nova Scotia is creating a foundation for the province to contribute, compete, and lead – nationally and internationally. We’re building more than ships: we’re building new opportunities and a new economy. The future starts here.
Read about exciting news, developments, and current projects at Irving Shipbuilding.