Canada’s ships Built By Canadians.
Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s long-term, strategic shipbuilding partner for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. As a direct result of this work, Seaspan Shipyards is delivering on the promise of ships built in Canada, by Canadians, while creating jobs and rebuilding our domestic shipbuilding industry.
Learn about the state-of-the-art ships being built for Canada, by Canadians.
Meet our people and learn about how we are building the next generation of shipbuilders.
Understand the benefits of shipbuilding and how they support economic opportunities for Canadians from coast to coast.
Meet Our People
At Seaspan Shipyards, we are proud to employ a diverse and talented group of individuals. At Vancouver Shipyards, where our National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS)-related work is underway, we provide well-paid jobs to hundreds of professionals and skilled tradespeople.
Canadian Jobs Created
INVESTED IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS
CANADIAN suppliers used
Seaspan’s Role in the National Shipbuilding Strategy
Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada has embarked on one of the largest procurement projects since the Second World War. The NSS is a nation-building effort to create a sustainable Canadian shipbuilding industry, secure long-term job opportunities and build the next generation of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS–related work, Seaspan Shipyards is leading the redevelopment of our domestic shipbuilding industry on the West Coast and delivering on the promise of ships built in Canada, by Canadians.
Ships Under Contract
SEASPAN SHIPYARDS CONTRIBUTES $1.5 BILLION TO CANADA’S GDP
As strategic partner under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and a growing reputation as a centre of excellence in ship building, repair, conversion and service, Seaspan Shipyards is a significant economic engine for BC and for Canada. As a result of its NSS-related activities, Seaspan Shipyards contributed $1.5 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product between 2012-2019. Read the summary of our latest socioeconomic impact report and learn more about how we are rebuilding an industry and creating value for Canada.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Seaspan Shipyards is leading the way in employing and training Canada’s next generation of highly-skilled shipbuilders and contributing to an annual average of 6,100 jobs across Canada over the first ten years of the NSS directly and indirectly through its supply chain. For this reason, Seaspan has contributed to date, over $6M towards training and education initiatives. These contributions are helping students develop the professional and trades-related skills they need to have a rewarding and successful career in the shipbuilding industry.
Hybrid Electric Technology Research
As part of Seaspan Shipyards’ Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy obligations under the NSS, and in conjunction with the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the company is pleased to have partnered with the University of Victoria to support innovative teaching and research focused on advanced hybrid electric propulsion technologies. Seaspan announced a $1M investment in support of advancing cleaner, lower-cost fuel alternatives for heavy duty sectors including marine transportation. This contribution is an acknowledgement of the key role that innovation will play in the future of shipbuilding.
Trades Training for Indigenous Students
In conjunction with the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Seaspan Shipyards announced a donation of $900K for institutional trades training programs at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College and the Canadian Welding Association. The donation to BCIT, specifically, has opened the door to trades education programs for hundreds of Indigenous students. This funding is part of Seaspan’s multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment in the future of BC’s marine industrial sector, and Seaspan’s Value Proposition obligations under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
Support for Women in Trades
In collaboration with the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Seaspan Shipyards announced a donation of $900K for institutional trades training programs at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College and the Canadian Welding Association. The $300K donation to Camosun College will contribute to support for women in trades.
New Equipment for Marine Welders
In partnership with the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Seaspan Shipyards announced a donation of $900K for institutional trades training programs at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College and the Canadian Welding Association. The $300K donation to the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation is helping fund new welding equipment and professional development for teachers.
New Coastal Skills Initiative
As part of Camosun’s TRADEmark of Excellence Campaign for the expansion and redevelopment of Seaspan’s trades training complex at Camosun, Seaspan Shipyards manufactured and donated a six-tonne ship’s bulkhead training module. The $88,000 training module was funded, designed, built and installed by Victoria Shipyards staff and apprentices. This training module was part of a partnership with Western Economic Diversification that saw more than $2.56 million provided for the enhancement of trades and manufacturing capabilities at Camosun College.
First Nations Employment Partnerships
Seaspan Shipyards is proud to partner with AMPTEP (Aboriginal Marine Training to Employment Partnership), with ACCESS (Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society), CSETS (Coast Salish Employment and Training Society), and many other community partners in an effort to support job training and apprenticeship programs and promote to employment opportunities for underrepresented groups in the trades.
‘Marinizing’ BC’s Engineers
Since 2013, the UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering has offered a one-year program for engineering degree-holders to earn a Masters of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (M.Eng. NAME) degree. UBC is the only centre for naval architecture and marine engineering studies in western North America and Seaspan is proud to have contributed over $2M to this program over the last seven years. This contribution will support innovative teaching and research in the naval architecture and marine engineering programs at the UBC faculty of applied science.