Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011 7:16 PM ET
By Lee Berthiaume, Robert Hiltz and Marianne White
OTTAWA — A cross-country political dogfight over shipbuilding contracts ended in a win for both coasts Wednesday, as the federal government awarded $33-billion in contracts to drydocks in Halifax and Vancouver and froze out Quebec.
Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax will receive a $25-billion naval vessel building contract, while Seaspan Marine in Vancouver will receive an $8-billion contract for building coast guard and other non-navy ships.
The first ships built by Irving will be the new Arctic/Offshore Patrol Vessels, followed by replacements for the three remaining Tribal (Iroquois) Class Anti Air Warfare/Command Destroyers. Eventually they will build the replacements for the Halifax Class frigates.
Seaspan of Vancouver, British Columbia will build non-combat vessels for the Navy and other government departments. These include two or three replenishment ships, a powerful ice breaker for the Canadian Coast Guard, and will also include larger research vessels, replacements for the River Class ice breakers, fisheries and coast guard vessels of various larger types.
The remaining CAD 2 Billion in the National Shipbuilding Strategy will be open for bid by all other shipyards and will involve smaller vessels for various departments.
15 "common-hull" destroyers & frigates:
6-8 arctic offshore patrol vessels:
1 polar icebreaker:
3 offshore fisheries science vessels:
1 offshore oceanographic science vessel: