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GE designated strategic partner of Davie’s Polar Icebreaker Program

LÉVIS, QC -Davie, Canada’s premier builder of Polar and ice-capable ships, today welcomed GE as a strategic partner in its Polar Icebreaker program. The latter is the flagship of Canada’s National Icebreaker Centre (NIC), which was launched last August.

GE joins Vard and Serco as partners in Davie’s Polar program. Davie said it expects to soon announce steel, critical systems and other service partners.

GE’s Power Conversion business offer a full spectrum of best-in-class integrated electrical propulsion and power systems, including its SEAJETTM podded propulsion units. The ice-class range of SEAJETTM – a technology jointly developed with AETC Sapphire – is available for Polar Class notation, with a power range of 7.5 MW to 15 MW. In the SEAJETTM system the electric motor is housed in the hull mounted pod and directly connected to the propellor, freeing up cargo and operational space in the ship. Manoeuvrability and efficiency are greatly improved, and total fuel consumption and exhaust emissions are reduced.  

As a partner within the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Davie is fully capable and ready to begin work on the Polar today. Davie is Canada’s only mega-yard with 50% of the country’s total capacity, able to build up to eight large, complex ships simultaneously. The 150-metre Polar will be easily accommodated in Davie’s 351-metre Champlain Dry Dock. An integrated build schedule would ensure Polar would complement other Davie programs such as the six Program Icebreakers (PIBs) it is slated to build under the NSS. In fact, it would facilitate a steep learning curve and economies of scale to significantly benefit both programs by mitigating cost, schedule and performance risks.

“We welcome GE to our Polar program. Their leading-edge propulsion system combined with decades of icebreaker experience and electric and power system capabilities are unsurpassed. Their inclusion also greatly strengthens Canada’s National Icebreaker Centre. Together, we can ensure the Polar is stimulating the post-pandemic economy and protecting Canada’s Arctic interests into the far future” said James Davies, President & CEO, Davie Shipbuilding.

“GE are ready to begin work with Davie Shipbuilding to deliver Canada’s new generation of Polar Class ships. GE and Davie skills are complementary. GE are prepared to deliver the robust systems and equipment that are essential for the powerful Polar Class ships that Davie will build for Canada. We are excited to have the opportunity to strengthen Canada’s National Icebreaker Centre under Davie’s leadership, and we look forward to engaging broadly with Canada’s marine industry” added Philippe Piron, President & CEO, GE Power Conversion.

Source: Davie Canada