OTTAWA—Ontario shipbuilder Kanter Marine Inc. has won a $5.45 million contract to build two small channel survey and sounding vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard.
The new ships will relay channel-bottom conditions and water-depth predictions to private and commercial boaters in both the Canadian Arctic and along the St. Lawrence Seaway, replacing two CSSVs that have been in service throughout Canadian waters for nearly 40 years.
Designed on a catamaran platform, each ship will be approximately 12-metres long and incorporate a number of modern tweaks, including multibeam and sidescan sonar.
Though the initial contract includes just two vessels, the government has the option to purchase another two additional ships, which would bring the total value of the deal to nearly $11 million, if exercised.
Based not far from Lake Erie in St. Thomas, Ont., Kanter Marine won a similar federal contract to build seven survey vessels for the Canadian Hydrographic Service earlier this year.