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ShipREPAIR ShipBuilding Two ships being serviced in Irving’s new cradle—which is capable of lifting 4,400 tonnes iRViNG RAMpS Up iNVESTMENT C anada’s Irving Shipbuilding has certainly been in the headlines recently thanks to its selection by the Canadian Government to construct the Royal Canadian Navy’s new combat fleet, a program that comprises 21 vessels over a period of 30 years. But certainly that’s not all that is going on at the company. While Irving is completing negotiations for the contracts to begin work on the Royal Canadian Navy combat fleet, it has a number of other major projects already underway. At Halifax Shipyard, for example, it has begun construction of five of a series of nine high-tech mid-shore patrol vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard under a $194 million contract. Additionally, it is also conducting major refits on seven of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Frigates under a $549 million contract, which will be completed in 2018. Besides Halifax Shipyard, Irving Shipbuilding, which is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies, comprises Woodside Industries, Shelburne Ship Repair, and East Isle Shipyard on Prince Edward Island and four engineering offices across Canada, under Fleetway Inc. INVESTMENTS IN SHELBURNE SHIP REPAIR The optimism and opportunities in shipbuilding have been the driver behind significant investments by the company in its facilities, infrastructure and people. A good example is Shelburne Ship Repair, Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Located on the southeastern Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, Shelburne Ship Repair is primarily focused on repair of vessels between 100 feet to 400 feet in length overall. This ISPS-certified facil- ity recently underwent a $16.6 million upgrade and now boasts a new marine railway capable of lifting two vessels up to 4,400 tonnes each, allowing the cradle to be sub-divided for work on two vessels simultaneously. Other work at the facility also included dredging and reconstructing the wharf, general paving and repairs, fencing, and shop and office repairs. Shipbuilding has always been a significant industry for Shelburne. The first vessel launched from this area of Nova Scotia was the 181-ton Roseway, built for MacLean and Bogle in 1786. With 752m of available deep water wharf side, Shelburne Ship Repair can accommodate vessels up to 229m alongside for dock side work. It offers a full range of repair services and specialist support can be drafted in from other JunE 2012 YEARBOOK MARINE LOG 29

June 2012 Marine Log Magazine

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