Heddle Shipyards has announced that it has been awarded a $135.5 million contract for the Vessel Life Extension (VLE) of the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel (CCGS) Terry Fox.
The nearly three-year project will involve an extensive engineering, planning and procurement phase, with shipyard work due to begin in December 2023. This multi-year project will create and sustain over 200 jobs at Port Weller dry docks during the summer of 2025 when the CCGS Terry Fox is due for delivery again.
The project is the largest in the history of the Canadian Coast Guard’s VLE program, Heddle Shipyards said.
“The CCGS Terry Fox vessel life extension project is transformational for Heddle Shipyards and Ontario,” said Heddle President and CEO Shaun Padulo. “The award of the project marks the conclusion of the first phase of our five-year business plan developed in 2021 and will provide Heddle with the platform to become Canada’s partner for future vessel life extension projects and the construction of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. I am extremely proud of our people and excited for our future. Our goal was to bring Ontario into the National Shipbuilding Strategy in a meaningful way, and the Terry Fox is just the tip of the iceberg.