Shipbuilder Wheatley wins $ 25 million contract to refurbish 11 Coast Guard vessels
In Wheatley, Ont. shipbuilder was awarded a new contract, worth $ 25 million, to refurbish 11 Great Lakes Coast Guard vessels.
The president of Hike Metal Products Ltd. Steve Ingram said motorized lifeboats are around 20 years old.
He said the new contract is part of the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, a long-term project to renew Canada’s federal fleet of combat and non-combat vessels.
Ingram said the renovations would see them “keep the existing hull” while modernizing the boats themselves with “new engines and advanced electronics” to make them easier to use and more functional.
Afternoon route5:30 p.m.Shipbuilder Wheatley Secures $ 25 Million Contract
“Essentially, a refit is about separating the old boat very carefully because, again, with ships you have to worry about weight distribution and stability,” Ingram said.
“So where you take the coins and where you put them back has to be very carefully designed and calculated.
“There are a lot of procedures and processes. Everything that comes off is labeled, everything that comes back is labeled by weight and it’s an enjoyable process and it’s definitely nice for my resources. A little different kind of work for the disciplines to go on and start ripping things up instead of building from new ones, ”Ingram added.
Five and a half years of work
Ingram said he was happy with the contract, adding that it would provide employment for a number of years.
“They want two ships to be refurbished a year, so it’s, you know, five and a half years of work. We hope it doesn’t take longer,” he said.
Ingram said the contract was good for Wheatley, adding that he was still looking for workers.