Government of Canada awards contract for disposal of navy ships

GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 4, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is ensuring that the disposal of ships is environmentally responsible, creates jobs and brings economic opportunities to communities across Canada.

The Honourable Jim Carr, Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement, today announced the awarding of a $12,616,144 contract to Marine Recycling Corporation from Port Colborne, Ontario, for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy's former Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Preserver and Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel (CFAV) Quest. The dismantling, for both ships, is expected to be completed by summer 2019.

The contract includes towing to the contractor's facility located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the demilitarization of equipment, the remediation of hazardous waste and recycling of any remaining materials. This contract will generate economic opportunities and jobs for the local community.


"The Government of Canada is committed to disposing of these historic ships in an environmentally responsible manner. These contracts will utilize the skills and knowledge of a Canadian company, while creating good jobs in communities in Nova Scotia and Ontario."

The Honourable Jim Carr
Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement

"After decades of service to Canada, the former HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest have reached the end of their operational lives. I would like to thank all members and veterans who have served aboard these two remarkable ships."

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan
Minister of National Defence

"It takes a remarkable amount of knowledge and expertise to correctly dispose of these vessels in an environmentally conscious manner, and I am proud to see Cape Breton step up to this challenge, as this contract is expected to support or sustain approximately 35 direct jobs and 35 indirect jobs in the region."

The Honourable Mark Eyking
Member of Parliament for Sydney–Victoria and Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade

"Marine Recycling Corporation is very pleased to start our new operation to recycle ships at Sydport in Cape Breton and looks forward to working with the island's fine people and local businesses."

Wayne Elliott
Founder and Director of Business Development, Marine Recycling Corporation

Quick facts

  • HMCS Preserver, an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel, concluded its service to the Royal Canadian Navy in 2016, after 46 years of duty.
  • CFAV Quest was a Royal Canadian Navy Oceanographic / Acoustic Research Ship built in Vancouver in 1969. It was decommissioned in 2016.
  • The retirement of these vessels has been anticipated for some time, and they will be replaced by capabilities set to be delivered through the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
  • The modernized Halifax-class frigates, along with Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels and Victoria-class submarines, will allow the Royal Canadian Navy to continue to deliver on its core mission until the arrival of the new ships.
  • The open, fair and transparent process ensures Canada obtains value for money and will result in economic benefits and middle-class jobs for Canadians.

Associated links

National Shipbuilding Strategy
Marine Recycling Corporation

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SOURCE Public Services and Procurement Canada

For further information: Mary-Rose Brown, Office of the Honourable Judy M. Foote, 819-997-5421; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501,


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