THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S decision to add a third shipyard to the nation's shipbuilding program and shift construction of the Polar-class icebreaker
to that facility is a major shift in policy.
One of the events we looked forward to before an Arctic or Antarctica deployment was the cross-country trip to Seattle, where we would embark on a Polar-class icebreaker
. These trips were a great way to see the country, and the pilots got to plan their itinerary.
MV Aiviq, Polar-class icebreaker
, was originally built in the US and the other three, built in Norway, are considered medium icebreakers.
"There will be a point later this year that we start working on the Polar-class icebreaker
," he added.
But the jewel in the crown of the Canadian Coast Guard recapitalization is undoubtedly the Polar-class icebreaker
, the CCGS John G.
Those pitches included providing the Canadian Coast Guard with both a Polar-class icebreaker
and so-called River-Class icebreakers to handle operations on inland waterways.
In the midst of CANSEC 2015, Davie launched a media push to highlight that it had offered to save the Conservative government $500 million on the construction of its new Polar-class icebreaker
. The offer had been made six months earlier but with a large amount of media attention at the trade show, the company highlighted its bold proposal that was designed to try to take the work away from Seaspan.
They pointed out that in May 2014 Davie tried to undermine Seaspan with its publicly announced proposal to build a Polar-class icebreaker
at less cost and faster than Seaspan, which is to be awarded the contract under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).
This same company will also be working on the Canadian Coast Guard's Polar-class icebreaker
, but JSS will come first.
The company will also be working on the CCG's Polar-class icebreaker
But the selection of the JSS design doesn't solve the problem Seaspan faces with competing building schedules for both the JSS and the Canadian Coast Guard's planned Polar-class icebreaker
. Both are to be built at the yard, but that will mean that the construction of one of the vessels will be delayed since Seaspan doesn't have the capability to build both at the same time.
Canada's decision to build a fleet of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships, as well as a new Polar-class icebreaker
, has sparked discussions between Arktos Developments Ltd.