The Federal Government today announced a series of preliminary contracts valued at a total of $15.7 million for the joint support ships, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker polar icebreaker and the offshore fisheries science vessels.
As part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), these initial agreements will enable Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. to:
assist in the progression and assessment of the joint support ship design options;
initiate a review of the polar icebreaker design; and
refine the offshore fisheries science vessel design and specifications; and produce construction plans and determine requirements for material, subcontractors and labour.
As part of the non-combat package under the NSPS, the joint support ships will replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s auxiliary oiler replenishment vessels. The new polar icebreaker, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, will be delivered to coincide with the decommissioning of the Canadian Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, and the offshore fisheries science vessels are intended to replace the CCGS Teleost, the Alfred Needler, and the W.E. Ricker.
Hero Class #5 was rolled out this morning for painting. She will become the CCGS G. Peddle. Hero #4, CCGS Constable Carrière, has been tarped to protect form overspray, though there are clearly some wind issues.
The Vessel is named after Canadian Coast Guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle, S.C., of Spaniard’s Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Chief Officer Peddle and his colleagues, Senior Engineer Pierre Gallien and Leading Seaman Raymond C. Welcher, lost their lives on October, 15, 1989, when their fast rescue craft overturned in an attempt to rescue a diver off Middle Cove, Newfoundland. Chief Officer Peddle was awarded the Star of Courage.
(Above) As part of the FELEX program, a new structure is being built at the machine shop wharf. this will provide closerr access to tools, and faclities to workers, as well as serve as a platform for boarding vessels. Construction has recently started, and the frame has takken shape.
(Below)Also work on the Pier 6/7 expansion has commenced with the removal of the existing pier face.
The CCGS Constable Carriere continues pre launch work. she has been rolled back to allow Hero #5 to be rolled out for painting, however this has likely been delayed due to weather.
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Gateway, announced the acceptance of the the third of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS Corporal Teather C.V., built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
“Our Government is proud to name our ships built in Canada after Canadian heroes,” said Minister Ashfield. “Not only does their construction support job creation and local business, once in action, the CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. will enhancemaritime security along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway.”
CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. was named after Corporal Robert Gordon Teather, C.V., a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police diving team in Surrey, British Columbia. Corporal Teather rescued two fishermen trapped in the hull of their capsized boat. This heroic rescue occurred in the early morning hours of September 26, 1981. Corporal Teather passed away November 14, 2004. For his actions Corporal Teather was awarded the Cross of Valour.
The Hero Class vessels are named for decorated soldiers, veterans and police officers as well as employees of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. By naming these after Canadian heroes the Government of Canada hopes to encourage future generations to learn about Canadian history, culture and geography.
The Hero Class vessels are 47 metres in length with a displacement of 257 tonnes and a top speed of 25 knots.
The CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. will be based in Central and Arctic Region where it will enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow when the vessel makes its way to its home region.
Lief Erickson passing Pier 9D on her way to the Nova Dock.
Irving Shipbuilding will buy a Barrington Street water lot that has been leased from the province for $1 every five years since 1982. The lot is surrounded by a larger water lot already owned by Irving Shipbuilding. This purchase is necessary for the company to meet requirements for the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. The lease was transferred to Irving Shipbuilding when it bought the shipyard in 1994.
An independent assessment was completed by Turner Drake. The market value of the property was determined to be $95,000. Irving Shipbuilding must purchase the lot to have a deed of licence as it starts federal shipbuilding projects.
Based on the description, I would assume the lease is the area where the Scotia Dock II was located.
The Marine Atlantic Ferry Lief Ericson Arrived this morning for the Nova Dock. She proceeded directly to the basin, and anchored, presumably due to weather related delays prepairing the Nova Dock. There is no known time for the Move.
Looks like a CG Vessel was docked at Halifax Shipyards today, however it was not the Louis St Laurent. The new Corporal Teather appears to be docking, presumably to address an issue identified on trials.
Update, The CCGS Louis St Laurent sailed at 1100. No destination is given
UPDATE 1500 : that was fast. shes out and trialing in the basin. Update 2200: Apparently this drydocking was to correct a Sonar issue
the CCGS Louis St Laurent is still in the Basin. Given the delay in the Departure of Highlanders, it may take a couple of days to adjust the Blocks in the Nova Dock before she can be docked.
Shipfax however is reporting that she may be summoned to the St Lawrence river to assist with ice there.