Davie Wins Canadian Icebreaker Refit Work

CCGS Louis St Laurent (Photo: Canadian Coast Guard)

By Eric Haun

Canadian shipyard Davie said it has secured a contract for the upgrade and refit of Canada's heaviest icebreaker, 50-year-old CCGS Louis St Laurent. The $14 million program will mark the return of the CCGS Louis St Laurent to Davie in February 2017.

The contract represents the fifth Canadian Coast Guard refit and upgrade program for Davie since the shipyard was restarted under new ownership and a new management in 2012. Davie recently completed the refit of another Canadian icebreaker CCGS Henry Larsen, a $16 million job.

Davie CEO Jared Newcombe believes the work positions the shipyard well for potentially securing coast guard shipbuilding programs.

"Working together with the Canadian Coast Guard on the existing fleet has allowed us to fully understand their needs for the future fleet," Newcombe said. "This has positioned us perfectly in the government's current solicitation for its interim icebreakers and for future coast guard newbuild programs."

Laurie LeRue, the Chief Operating Officer of Davie added, "A key tenet of the National Shipbuilding Strategy is that all ship repair and maintenance work is to be competitively tendered."

LeRue, who was previously the Program Director for the FELEX program for six years went on to add that, "Davie has invested heavily to position itself as Canada's center-of-excellence for the repair and maintenance of the federal fleet. The work we have been doing for the Canadian Coast Guard as well as work on the Resolve-Class AOR has honed our skills and readied the organization for the large repair and maintenance programs currently being solicited for the Royal Canadian Navy. As builders of the Canadian Patrol Frigates and having performed numerous docking work periods for this vessel class in the past, Davie is particularly interested to now work with the government in their future upkeep."

CCGS Louis St Laurent

Builder: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montréal, Quebec

Year Launched: 1968

Year in Service: 1969

Port of Registry: Ottawa, Ontario

Home Port: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Ice Class: Arctic Class 4

Class of Voyage: Unlimited - beyond 2,000 nautical miles

Length: 119.6 meters

Breadth: 24.4 meters

Draft: 9.9 meters

Freeboard: 6.4 meters

Gross Tonnage: 11345 tons

Net Tonnage: 3,403 tons

Cruising Range: 23,000 nautical miles

Endurance: 205 days

Cruising Speed: 16 knots

Maximum Speed: 20 knots

Fresh Water: 200 cubic meters

Fuel Capacity: 3,500 cubic meters

Fuel Consumption: 24 cubic meters/day

Propulsion: Diesel electric AC/DC

Main Engines: five x Krupp Makk 16M453C

Power: 20142 KiloWatts

Thrusters: bow

Propellers: three fixed pitch

Emergency Generator: one x Caterpillar 3408

Generators: two x Krupp Mak 6M282

Jan 27, 2017

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