Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, has awarded a $610-million contract to Chantier Davie, of Lévis, Quebec, for the acquisition of three icebreakers and work to prepare the first ship for service in the Canadian Coast Guard. Further costs will be known once the Government of Canada has examined the vessels and determined what work is required to prepare them for service. The first vessel is expected to begin operations for the upcoming icebreaking season, beginning in December 2018. The second and third vessels will be converted, refitted and available to support Coast Guard programs by the summer of 2019 and the winter of 2019-2020, respectively.