The Minister of Public Services and Procurement and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced that a $8.7-million contract has been awarded to Verreault Navigation Inc. for refit and maintenance work on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCSG) Pierre Radisson.

The work will be done in Les Méchins, Quebec. CCGS Pierre Radisson is a medium icebreaker based in Québec, Quebec, normally operating in the St. Lawrence River, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Canadian Arctic. In summer, the ship travels to the Canadian Arctic to escort commercial ships, serve as a primary search and rescue unit and provide support to scientific missions when possible.

The work will begin in early September 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2017. Main work items will include steel work, maintenance and repairs on several tanks, hull recoating, reconditioning the helicopter deck and hangar, replacement of windows and portholes, maintenance on propulsion and steering components, as well as interior repairs. The competitive opportunity to do the work on CCSG Pierre Radisson was open to all Canadian shipyards on the East Coast, as this is where the ship is based.