Hawboldt Industries Ltd. has been chosen by Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to supply the deck machinery for the new Offshore Fisheries and Science Vessels (OFSV) as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) for Non-Combat vessels.
The contract is for the first of three planned vessels in the OFSV program now underway in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
The OFSV are the first vessels to be built under the $8 billion NSPS program for Non-Combat vessels, awarded to Seaspan in 2011. The OFSV will replace aging vessels operated by the Canadian Coast Guard in the Pacific, Maritime and Newfoundland and Labrador Regions of Canada. These vessels are used for fisheries assessments and scientific ocean research.
Hawboldt Industries will be responsible for the design and manufacture of the entire scope of deck equipment for the fisheries and science missions, including deck cranes, all fishing winches and controls, the science winches along with specialized launch and recovery systems.
“This is a significant order for Hawboldt and demonstrates the confidence and trust shown by Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in our ability to meet the schedule and technical requirements for these modern vessels,” says John Huxtable, General Manager of Hawboldt Industries. “This is another step to establish Hawboldt as a total solutions provider in the global market for Research Vessel deck machinery.”
Equipment is expected to be delivered in early 2015.
Press Release, July 03, 2014