By Jordan Whitehouse
Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding is forging ahead with the $29.3 billion shipbuilding contract it was awarded by the federal government. At this point, they’re focussing on designing eight Arctic patrol ships and constructing a new assembling building as part of its $300-million shipyard modernization project.
Photos courtesy: Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Irving’s new assembly building will be 408 metres long and 47 metres high at its highest point, allowing for the construction of mega-blocks that will make up Canada’s 23 new combat vessels.
Irving is building nine patrol vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. They’ve delivered seven, and plan on completing the $198-million contract in the fall.
Steel trusses for the assembly building took shape in April, and the plan is to be finished the entire shipyard modernization project by fall 2015. So far, $190 million in contracts have been awarded for it.
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