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Heddle Shipyards wins another Coast Guard refit contract

CCGS Griffon; Photo CCG

Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, has awarded a contract of $4 million to Heddle Shipyards in Hamilton, Ontario, for refit work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Griffon. The CCGS Griffon is a high-endurance multi-tasked vessel that performs light icebreaking and buoy-tending operations essential to keeping our waters open and safe for marine traffic.

The refit work will include regulatory inspections and certifications; maintenance of structural items and various equipment, including propulsion; as well as the replacement and repair of various compartments, decks, and communication and navigation equipment.

“This refit contract will ensure the CCGS Griffon continues to fulfill critical icebreaking operations, essential to keeping our maritime trade going all year round,” said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The contract will help create or sustain 80 jobs. The work under this contract is expected to run from August 17, 2020, to October 16, 2020.

The CCGS Griffon provides icebreaking services primarily on Lake Ontario, on Lake Erie and along the St. Lawrence River to Montréal, Quebec. The vessel entered the Coast Guard fleet in 1970, and its home port is located at the Canadian Coast Guard Base in Prescott, Ontario.

The slightly bigger but similar CCG Martha L. Black was dry-docked by Heddle in Hamilton on July 8th 2020 (Photo Heddle Shipyards)