JULY 10, 2015 — The Government of Canada has awarded Chantier Davie Canada, Inc., Lévis, Quebec a $16 million Vessel Life Extension (VLE) contract for the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker CCGS Henry Larsen.
The award was announced July 7 by Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, who is also Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse and the Etchemins.
Added to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) fleet in 1988, the CCGS Henry Larsen is a medium icebreaker based in St. John's, Newfoundland. The CCGS Henry Larsen was named after the commander of the first vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in a single season.
This is the fourth contract involving Davie awarded through a competitive process by the Canadian Coast Guard in less than a year. In March 2015, the shipyard won a $13.6 million contract to extend the life of the CCGS Earl Grey.
The first two contracts were awarded to the partnership formed by Babcock Canada Inc. and Davie.
A $6.5 million contract for refit work on the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent was announced in April 2014 and a $4.5 million contract for refit and Vessel Life Extension work on Canadian Coast Guard ship CCGS Des Groseilliers was announced in October 2014.
The Larsen retrofit project is partly funded under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to renew the CCG fleet. Funding is also being provided under a Federal Infrastructure Initiative announced in November 2014 under which the Canadian Coast Guard received $183 million for repair, life extension, and procurement of vessels and small craft.