News Release Article from  Government of Canada

Government of Canada Moves Forward on Critical Upgrades to Canadian Coast Guard Vessels

For Immediate Release

Wärtsilä Canada Inc. Wins Contract

January 22, 2016 – St. John’s, NL

The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, in partnership with the Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced a contract of $6.2 million awarded to Wärtsilä Canada Inc. for the design and supply of two new propulsion control systems to upgrade two Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) 1100 class vessels: the Canadian Coast Guard ship (CCGS) Ann Harvey and the CCGS Sir William Alexander.

The upgraded propulsion control systems will enhance the navigators’ control over how the vessels move through the water and will significantly reduce the maintenance downtime of the vessels. This will allow them to spend more time at sea ensuring the safe passage of vessels in Canadian waters.

The contract includes options for the design and supply of propulsion control systems for an additional four Coast Guard 1100 class vessels: the CCGS Edward Cornwallis, the CCGS Martha L. Black, the CCGS George R. Pearkes and the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier. These vessels provide essential service to the CCG’s aids to navigation and icebreaking programs and serve Canadian waters from coast to coast to coast. If exercised, this option could increase the total contract value to approximately $18.9 million.


“Today demonstrates that the Government of Canada is keeping the commitments made to the Coast Guard. As a result of its work on the Canadian Coast Guard vessel life extension program, Wärtsilä Canada has been able to bring important jobs to Atlantic Canada and upgrade its facilities. The Government of Canada is supporting the Canadian Coast Guard by ensuring they can carry out their work on behalf of the fishery, for marine safety and environmental response.”

The Honourable Judy M. Foote
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“I am proud to announce this contract providing critical refit for Canadian Coast Guard vessels. These propulsion systems will ensure the Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to continue its vital role in icebreaking and aids to navigation across the country. They will ensure that Canadian Coast Guard vessels are equipped to continue their vital role ensuring the safe navigation of mariners transiting through our waters.”

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick Facts

  • Design work on the first two systems is scheduled to begin immediately and supply will be completed within the next two years.
  • Contracts awarded since 2013 to Wärtsilä Canada under the Canadian Coast Guard vessel life extension program are sustaining 12 jobs out of their office in St. John’s.
  • This contract was awarded through an open, fair, and transparent procurement process and is part of an overall $360 million investment to extend the life of the Coast Guard fleet.
  • Repairing and maintaining existing vessels will ensure the CCG continues to deliver marine safety and environmental response capacity for future generations.

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Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Gatineau, QC

Carole Saindon
Media Relations
Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Ottawa, ON

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