On March 11 Davie, voted North American Shipyard of the Year (2015) by Lloyds List, announced the award of a new contract from the government of Canada for the Vessel Life Extension (VLE) of Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Earl Grey. CCG Earl Grey is a Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessel used by the Canadian Coast Guard to perform a variety of roles including icebreaking, primarily offshore Prince Edward Island.

The vessel’s 9-month life extension work will take place in Davie’s secondary drydock, the Lorne dock. The contract primarily consists of replacements and upgrades to engines, machinery, equipment and electrical systems.

Alan Bowen, Davie’s CEO, commented, “This contract represents the third Coast Guard vessel refit program in the past 12 months, as well as the first time the Lorne drydock, our smaller drydock, has been used since the Royal Canadian Navy frigate construction programs. We look forward to developing further programs with the Government of Canada which help to grow our workforce and sustain Davie’s crucial role in the local economy, while simultaneously providing an affordable and timely service to the federal fleet.”