UPDATE: Halifax's Rosborough Boats awarded contract for rescue boats on Irving patrol ships

Inflatable boat contract worth $7.3 million

A Nova Scotia company has been awarded a subcontract to build rescue boats for the new fleet of Arctic and offshore patrol ships — at a cost of more than $608,000 apiece.

Irving Shipbuilding, the prime contractor for the combat portion of the federal government’s multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding strategy, announced Monday that Halifax area’s Rosborough Boats — a family-owned, third-generation Nova Scotia builder — had been awarded a $7.3-million contract to provide 12 multi-role rescue boats.

According to a press release issued by Irving, Rosborough Boats will construct two of their Rough Water 8.5-metre rigid hull inflatable boats for each of the six AOPS vessels.

Irving says the contract will sustain Rosborough Boats’ 12 full-time employees and create two new positions within the first half of 2017.

In addition, A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd. located in Meteghan River, Nova Scotia will be building Rosborough Boats’ composite hulls and components, employing 15 people on this project.

On top of acting as a quick rescue boat, the vessels being provided by Rosborough will marshal and tow lifeboats, as well as deploy and support the Royal Canadian Navy’s enhanced naval boarding party.

“Our contract with Rosborough Boats brings together two multi-generational, family-owned shipbuilders that are growing, modernizing and having a significant economic impact in Nova Scotia and across Canada as a result of the National Shipbuilding Strategy,” Irving president Kevin McCoy said.

Irving Shipbuilding says it has committed over $1.3 billion in spending to more than 300 Canadian organizations, including more than $580 million in contracts to companies in Nova Scotia, as part of its contract with the Canadian government.

Citing Conference Board of Canada figures, the release says this spending is estimated to support 9,500 full-time equivalent person years of employment, and generate an estimated $460 million in income, $200 million in taxes and $340 million in consumer spending within the province.

Irving is currently building six Harry DeWolf Class Arctic offshore patrol ships, with the first scheduled to be delivered in 2018 as well as the navy’s new fleet of up to 15 Canadian Surface Combatants starting in the 2020s.

ANDREA GUNN | STAFF REPORTER
Published March 13, 2017 - 10:02am