OTTAWA—The Government of Canada has awarded two contracts for the Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue (SAR) lifeboats.
The SAR lifeboats are the first small vessels to be built under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).
The first contract, valued at $43.4 million, went to Hike Metal Products in Wheatley, Ont. The contract is expected to sustain an estimated 20 jobs and create another 25 jobs over the course of the year.
The second contract, valued at $45.8 million, was awarded to Chantier Naval Forillon in Gaspé, Que. The contract is expected to create some 15 to 20 new jobs at its peak.
Each shipyard will build six vessels, with options of up to an additional four. Delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for spring 2017. The lifeboats will provide key SAR services, including conducting searches on water, responding to marine distress calls and providing assistance to disabled vessels.