Halifax, NS, Nov 26, 2013: Today Irving Shipbuilding reviewed with interest the findings of the Auditor General on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
“We welcome the report of the Auditor General, and agree with the finding that the selection of the shipyards was efficient and successful. The selection process included an unprecedented level of industry involvement and we’ve established a strong working relationship with the federal Government that we are confident will be maintained throughout the program,” said Kevin McCoy, President, Irving Shipbuilding. “We will continue to work closely with Canada to design and build the most cost-effective, capable ships for the Royal Canadian Navy.”
“Irving Shipbuilding is currently investing approximately $300M in the Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program” said Kevin McCoy. “The work underway at our yard is focused on getting us ready to undertake production of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) scheduled to start in 2015, as well as the larger combatant ships scheduled to begin production in 2020 – all at no cost to Canada.”
“To date, we’ve invested $127M in modernization and construction at Halifax Shipyard, which has resulted in contracts for 89 Canadian companies and more than 1,200 related jobs,” said Kevin McCoy. “We’ll be announcing further contracts this week.”
“The NSPS process demonstrated great vision and leadership by Canada;” added Kevin McCoy, “ leadership in delivering sustained value, productivity and skilled employment to Canada, and by helping to eliminate the traditional boom/bust cycles of the shipbuilding sector and building a robust and sustainable industry in Canada.”