Ottawa signs $9.3M shipbuilding contract with Irving
Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the contract will allow the shipbuilding company to review the design and devise a construction plan for the Arctic offshore patrol ships.
Those are the first vessels expected to be built under the overall $35-billion national shipbuilding procurement project.
In October, Ottawa announced that the Irving shipyard would receive the lion’s share of the project.
Under its $25-billion deal, Irving will build 21 combat vessels.
The Seaspan Marine Corp. shipyard in Vancouver will construct seven vessels under an $8-billion contract for non-combat ships.
Another $2 billion for smaller vessels is yet to be allocated to another shipyard.