Government of Canada awards contract for life extension of Canadian Coast Guard vessel George R. Pearkes

Ensuring Canadian Coast Guard personnel have the equipment they need to keep Canada’s waterways open and safe is a key priority for the Government of Canada.

Today, the Canadian Coast Guard announces the award of a $36.14 million life extension contract for the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) George R. Pearkes. The vessel will be dry-docked and enter an extended maintenance period designed to increase its operational life.
Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, has awarded Heddle Shipyards of Hamilton, Ontario the contract to complete the life extension work CCGS George R. Pearkes. The vessel primarily performs light icebreaking and buoy maintenance, and is available for search and rescue and environmental response operations on Canada’s east coast.

Vessel life extension works include:

• steel hull reinforcement;
• hull, superstructure, deck and mast repainting;
• modernization of the kitchen;
• replacement of bow thruster, cycloconverter, propulsion generator and internal communication system;
• propeller shaft and rudder inspections; and
• upgrades to domestic and auxiliary systems.

This contract award is part of the repair, refit and maintenance of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, which helps to ensure that Canada has a fleet of safe and efficient ships to serve and protect Canadians for years to come, while providing continued opportunities for shipyards and suppliers across Canada.

As the ship undergoes a ship life extension from winter 2023 to spring 2024, the Canadian Coast Guard will reallocate its other maritime resources to ensure Canada’s waterways continue to be safe for all sailors in Canadian waters.

“A strong and well-equipped Canadian Coast Guard fleet is essential to protecting Canadians on the water and in the marine environment. This government continues to make significant investments through the National Shipbuilding Strategy to ensure that Canadian Coast Guard personnel have state-of-the-art equipment to do their crucial work. With the life extension of the CCGS George R. Pearkes, Canadian Coast Guard personnel will continue their key role in supporting Canada’s blue economy.

The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Canadians from coast to coast know the importance of our Coast Guard. I am thrilled that a Hamilton company can help ensure Canadian Coast Guard personnel have a safe and efficient fleet of vessels to serve and protect. Today’s awarding of this contract demonstrates that the National Shipbuilding Strategy is providing economic opportunities for shipyards across Canada. Canada’s skilled shipbuilding workforce helps us repair and maintain our fleets, while supporting economic growth across the country.

The Honorable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Fast facts
• The CCGS George R. Pearkes entered service in 1986.
• Stationed in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, the CCGS George R. Pearkes is primarily a light icebreaker and buoy vessel named for Victoria Cross recipient George Randolph Pearkes .
• Although the vessel is primarily used for buoy maintenance and icebreaking, it also performs search and rescue, scientific research and environmental response operations.
Source: Canadian Coast Guard

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