Quebec shipyard pitches Liberals on oil-spill vessel after Trudeau announces $1.5B to protect coastlines
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen 11.11.2016
A Quebec shipyard is offering the federal government a new vessel that is almost ready to be launched, hoping to capitalize on the Liberals’ plan to boost Canada’s ability to respond to maritime oil spills.
Lévis, Que.-based Davie Shipbuilding has pitched Ottawa before on similar proposals, but is hoping Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent commitment to provide a rapid response to oil spills in Canadian waters might mean renewed interest.
This week, Trudeau said his government would spend $1.5 billion on a marine safety system to protect the coastlines from fuel spills from tankers and other sources. That plan would include regulatory changes, charting key areas of the coastline and providing the Canadian Coast Guard with new equipment.