Canadian Government invests in critical refit and maintenance of CCSG Samuel Risley

The Canadian Government has awarded C$3.6m contract to Newdock - St. John's Dockyard company, for refit and maintenance of Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCSG) Samuel Risley.

The contract was announced by Public Services and Procurement minister Judy M. Foote and Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard minister Dominic LeBlanc.

As part of the refit contract, Newdock - St. John's Dockyard will be replacing the bow thruster, a crane overhaul. The company will also be recoating the entire hull as well as refurbish the galley and various pieces of equipment onboard the vessel will be inspected.

Commenting on the contract, Judy M Foote said: “The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure the safety and economic viability of Canada's waterways.

“Through investments like this, the Canadian Coast Guard is able to continue its critical operations, while growing our economy and preserving middle-class jobs.”

The CCGS Samuel Risley is an icebreaker and buoy tender and carries out operations in the Great Lakes. It is capable of breaking ice up to two feet thick.

LeBlanc said: “This work ensures the vessel can continue to fulfill mission requirements and operate efficiently.

“Not only are these investments supporting Canadian Coast Guard personnel, they are also resulting in job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity in communities like St. John's and all across Canada.”

The company has already started work on Risley from last month, and is scheduled to complete it by September this year.