Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Irving Shipbuilding Sets Deadline of January for Arctic Patrol Ship Work

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Irving Shipbuilding Sets Deadline of January for Arctic Patrol Ship Work

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Irving Shipbuilding sets deadline for vessels

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HALIFAX - The president of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is applying pressure on Ottawa to sign a contract on design work for eight new Arctic patrol ships.

Steve Durrell said Friday unless the contract is signed and engineering work begins by January, the company's Halifax Shipyard will have a tough time meeting its goal of cutting the first steel for the project in 2015.

"We'll be looking at this day by day," he said. "If it gets delayed a month, it will delay the program a month."

Durrell set the deadline during a briefing that marked one year since the federal government awarded the shipyard a $25-billion contract to build 21 combat vessels over 30 years.

"We are definitely not waiting to get started," he said. "We are doing everything we can to advance the timetables and begin building vessels for Canada as quickly as possible."

The company is still negotiating two contracts with Ottawa -- one for design work and the other for the actual construction of the patrol ships.

Durrell repeated his company's promise to have the first patrol vessel built by 2018, which is already three years behind the original schedule.

The ships, first announced in 2007, were projected to cost $3.1 billion to build and $4.3 billion to maintain over their expected 25-year life cycle. Durrell declined to say whether he thinks the costs would rise in the years to come.

The business executive, speaking to reporters at the sprawling shipyard on the Halifax waterfront, also made a pitch to Ottawa concerning the maintenance contract, which has yet to be awarded.

"We feel that the most economical way for Canada is to couple the in-service support (maintenance) requirements with the basic engineering work that we're about to do," he said.

"We're investing ... some $300 million into our facility. We believe that as a result of that investment not only will we be able to build the ships efficiently, but we'll also be the most economical solution for Canada to do the in-service support. …

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