A SeaspanÂ subsidiaryÂ has secured a potential $171.6 million contract to provide design and production engineering support for the Canadian navy’s future oiler ships.
Seaspan’s Vancouver ShipyardsÂ business will develop the Joint Support ShipÂ project’s ship build plan, required manufacturing content and three-dimensional product model, according to a press release published Tuesday on the Canadian government’s website.
The JSS program covers the construction of build two ships, with an option for a third unit, to replace Canada’sÂ Protecteur-class oiler replenishment vessels.
Vancouver Shipyards is scheduled to beginÂ contract workÂ in 2018 andÂ deliver the first and second ships in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
TheÂ project, estimated to cost $1.7 billion, is part of theÂ non-combat vessels package of Canada’s National Â Shipbuilding Strategy.
Vancouver Shipyards was awardedÂ a contract in 2015Â to engage suppliers and select equipment for JSS andÂ committed to invest 0.5 percent ofÂ the value of all contracts into Canada’s marine sector as part ofÂ NSS’ non-combat package.
SeaspanÂ awarded NSS contracts worth nearlyÂ $149.3 million in total to 383 Canadian companies duringÂ 2016.