Ocean Industries has clinched a C$102M (US$76M) contract to build four towage tugs for the Royal Canadian Navy.
These tugs are scheduled to be delivered in 2021 and 2023 to replace five civilian-crewed Glen-class large tugs and two Fire-class rescue boats.
This is part of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy to re-equip the navy with modern ships built in Canada and to revitalise the nation’s marine industry.
These tug newbuildings will provide naval ship towing and manoeuvring, fire-fighting and other critical support services to both the Atlantic and Pacific maritime forces.
Ocean Industries says this contract will help sustain or create up to 140 jobs at its facilities in Isle aux-Coudres, Quebec, and those of its subcontractors.
Two of these tugs will be deployed at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in British Columbia. The other two will be delivered to CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia. Two are expected to enter service in 2021 and the other two in 2023.
Canadian Government minister of National Defence Harjit S Sajjan said this contract will ensure Canadian armed forces will have the right ships to conduct “the important job we ask of them” as one of the government’s top priorities. “Large tugs are an essential part of our Royal Canadian Navy fleet, and this contract to build four large tugs here in Canada will grow our economy,” he said.
This contract was awarded by Public Services and Procurement Canada on behalf of National Defence.
There has also been an increase in the number of tugs ordered by the US Navy as its forces require modern towage vessels to manoeuvre new types of naval ships.