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Harris Rebar, Dexter Construction, Eastern Fence and others among contract award winners.

[HALIFAX, NS] – December 10, Irving Shipbuilding announced $28.2M in additional contract awards to Canadian-based suppliers as part of the Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program, a 2-year engineering and construction investment to prepare the company’s facilities to build Canada's future combatant ships.

“To date a total value of $175M in contracts have been awarded as part of our overall investment of approximately $300M in the Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program” said Kevin McCoy, president, Irving Shipbuilding. “The work underway at our yard is focused on getting us ready to undertake production of the AOPS vessels scheduled to start in 2015, as well as the larger combatant ships scheduled to begin production in 2020. With so many significant changes underway, it is a constant reminder that 2015 is not far away and we’ll be building Navy ships at Halifax Shipyard very soon.”

In a press release, Irving says the selection of suppliers for the Modernization Program is the result of a rigorous procurement process where quality, reliability, experience and cost is assessed in order to select the company that will help Irving Shipbuilding deliver best value to Canada. Of the contracts let to date, 82 per cent of the total contract value has been awarded to Canadian companies, while 52 per cent of total contract value has been awarded to companies owned or operating in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia owned or operating companies in this most recent round of contract awards include: Harris Rebar, Dartmouth, and Dexter Construction, Pipe & Piling, Black & MacDonald, and Eastern Fence, all of Halifax.

Bermingham Foundation Solutions, based in Hamilton, Ontario and a subcontractor under Gulf Operators, was awarded a contract to provide Canadian-built custom engineered marine dockwall construction equipment.

Other Canadian companies in this most recent round of contract awards include: Skyline Steel, St. Bruno, QC; as well as Gulf Operators’ subcontractor Con-Tech Systems Ltd., headquartered near Vancouver, BC.

The demolition of the yard’s joiner shop, burning shop and entire backend of the 100-year-old module shop, the yard’s primary production facility, has been completed. The cleared areas will continue to be prepared for construction. The remaining demolition of the production facilities is scheduled for early in 2014 once the inside work on the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels for the Coast Guard is completed. Seven cribs for the land level facility in the North end of the yard have been installed in the harbor and infilling has commenced. Demolition and replacement of the barrier wall and fence along Barrington Street and the repair of the lower wall continues and is expected to be complete by year-end. And perhaps the most visible structure at the shipyard to date is the parking garage being erected in the south end of the yard. Construction on the parking garage continues on schedule, which is on track to be complete early in first quarter of 2014. Upon completion, the modernization project will result in one of the most modern shipyards in North America.

“The economic impacts, such as the jobs in shipbuilding, engineering, planning and supply chain, will scale up with the preparation and start of production on AOPS in 2015 while the indirect jobs within our supply chain and our suppliers’ supply chains will follow,” noted Kevin McCoy. “However, the employment that comes with the transformation and construction of North America’s most modern shipyard — that has started now. In fact, we project we’ll peak at approximately 500 construction jobs on Halifax Shipyard’s site in 2014.”

Source: http://www.ns.dailybusinessbuzz.ca/Provincial-News/2013-12-10/article-3537745/NS%3A-Irving-Shipbuilding-awards-additional-%2428.2M-in-new-contracts/1?newsletterid=248&date=2013-12-10-11