Davie sets sights on icebreaker exports

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Davie is to build a series of program icebreakers (above) as well as Polar icebreakers under Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy

Buoyed by its success in being designated as the icebreaker partner under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, Davie Shipbuilding is now eyeing export markets and yesterday launched a National Icebreaker Center (NIC).

The shipbuilder said the center “confirms Davie as Canada’s trusted partner and an international leader in the design, engineering and construction of ultra-modern, multifunctional, environmentally responsible polar and ice-capable ships” and said it “will also support and galvanize a community of thought leaders on the future of the Arctic maritime region, while showcasing Canadian ingenuity and innovation on the world stage to rival Scandinavia.”

Davie has been creating ships for the Arctic since the early 1950s, when it delivered Canada’s most powerful icebreakers. More recently, it has built an array of ships with high ice-class ratings, from complex subsea construction ships to North America’s first two LNG-powered ferries. In 2018, after conversion from an icebreaking AHTS, the CCGS Captain Molly Kool became the first new icebreaking asset delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) in more than 25 years.

“Davie’s National Icebreaker Center puts Canada in the global vanguard of ultra-modern, versatile and sustainable polar and ice-capable vessel construction,” said James Davies, President & CEO, Davie Shipbuilding. “Trailblazing ships such as the Polar and heavy Program icebreakers will benefit all Canadians by supporting our economy, protecting our sovereignty and national security as well as our precious environment.”

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