ST. JOHN’S—The federal government has handed down a multimillion-dollar contract to Newfoundland ship repair company Newdock-St. John’s Dockyard Ltd.
Under the $3.6 million deal, the St. John’s shipyard will conduct refitting and maintenance work on Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCSG) Samuel Risley. The retrofits include the replacement of the ship’s bow thruster, a crane overhaul and a recoating of the hull.
“This work ensures the vessel can continue to fulfill mission requirements and operate efficiently,” Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, said.
Launched in 1985, the Samuel Risley is an icebreaker active in the Great Lakes. Based in Parry Sound, Ont., it is capable of breaking ice up to two-feet (0.6 metres) thick.
Work on the maintenance project has already begun and is expected to be completed by September.
The contract will support 50 jobs at Newdock’s St. John’s site.