ABOUT US

A symbol of Canada’s maritime and industrial heritage – the nation’s leading shipbuilder and heavy industrial fabricator for almost 200 years

Who We Are

Canada’s largest and highest capacity shipbuilder

A company doesn’t last for 190 years by standing still. It endures by reinventing itself, always striving to offer the right product and service in line with the time and market” – Alan Bowen, CEO

Founded in 1825 by Captain Alison Davie, it was the beginning of a long and rich history. Since its inception, Davie has built over 700 vessels, from steamboats to diesel-electric oilfield services vessels with advanced dynamic positioning systems and naval vessels with complex combat systems.

Davie has built, converted, repaired and upgraded almost every form of vessel, rig and offshore platform including tankers, bulk carriers, containerships, fishing vessels, ferries, naval vessels and jack-up and semi-submersible drilling and production platforms.

With its strong engineering disciplines and fully integrated, self-sufficient fabrication facilities, Davie’s versatility has enabled it to leverage the best practices and transferable skills acquired from two centuries of shipbuilding to provide products and services for industries including natural resources, rail, hydro-electric and nuclear power, defence and more.

Davie has also been involved with numerous civil construction projects from port terminals to bridge building to the construction of sporting stadiums.

History Timeline

Davie: a history of rising to the challenge

  • 1825-1885

    THE FOREFRONT OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

    Davie was established by English sea captain Allison Davie and would spend the next 60 years building some of...
    Davie was established by English sea captain Allison Davie and would spend the next 60 years building some of the world’s largest sail and steam driven ships. Primarily for English shipowners, Davie’s ships were used for transporting people and cargo around the world.
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  • 1885-1914

    MEETING CANADA’S TRANSPORTATION NEEDS

    With Canada’s ever increasing population and new infrastructure and export requirements, Davie spent the next 30 years building ferrys...
    With Canada’s ever increasing population and new infrastructure and export requirements, Davie spent the next 30 years building ferrys and cargoships for the government as well as private shipowners using new forms of propulsion systems for steel ship construction.
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  • 1914-1920

    PROTECTING THE COMMONWEALTH

    With WWI now underway, Davie focused its attention to meeting the needs of allied navies. Over the next 6...
    With WWI now underway, Davie focused its attention to meeting the needs of allied navies. Over the next 6 years, Davie would build over 300 vessels for the French, British and Canadian navies. With merchant shipping coming under attack from German submarines at one point leaving Britain with only 6 weeks of food supply, Davie produced over 200 submarine chasers to counter the threat.
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  • 1920-1938

    BUILDING CANADA STEAMSHIP LINES

    With the Great War now over, Davie focused its attention to building some of the world’s then largest freighters...
    With the Great War now over, Davie focused its attention to building some of the world’s then largest freighters and passenger ships for its then owner, Canada Steamship Lines. Davie’s contribution to Canada Steamship Line during this period was a key contributor to making CSL what it is today.
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  • 1938-1945

    A WAR AT SEA

    WWII sparked a second rush by allied countries for ships. As opposed to the Great War of 1914-1918, this...
    WWII sparked a second rush by allied countries for ships. As opposed to the Great War of 1914-1918, this time the theatre for war was primarily at sea which meant Davie had to produce more sophisticated vessels to combat the new threat. Davie built over 60 ships during this short period for the Canadian, British and French navies. These included Corvettes, Frigates and Landing Craft for active operations as well as Minesweepers and Auxiliary ships to support the navies and merchant shipping fleet.
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  • 1945-1978

    BUILDING THE GLOBAL MERCHANT FLEET

    With the war now over and rapid globalisation taking place, Davie became one of the world’s leading commercial shipbuilders...
    With the war now over and rapid globalisation taking place, Davie became one of the world’s leading commercial shipbuilders attracting orders for general cargo ships, bulk carriers, tankers and fishing vessels from clients all over the world. Having delivered some of the strategically most important ships during the second world war, Davie also went on to build series after series of surface combatant for the Canadian and international navies during this period. At that time, Davie also expanded its general engineering capabilities to tackle a number of complex infrastructure projects.
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  • 1978-1991

    PIONEERING OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGIES

    With offshore natural resources being exploited over the world, Davie focused its attention to applying the skills it had...
    With offshore natural resources being exploited over the world, Davie focused its attention to applying the skills it had learnt in applying new ship technologies to address global demand. This resulted in a series of jack-up drilling rigs being built at Davie for clients such as Petrobras as well as other clients in South America and Europe. Other accomplishments included the first floating metal mining to operate in Canada’s harsh environment Northwest Territories.
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  • 1991-1997

    MEETING CANADA’S MODERN MILITARY NEEDS

    From 1991, Davie began a frigate construction program for the Canadian Government. The highly successful Canadian Patrol Frigate Project...
    From 1991, Davie began a frigate construction program for the Canadian Government. The highly successful Canadian Patrol Frigate Project provided Canada with a series of world-class surface combatants. Today, the City-Class frigates built at Davie play a key role in the War on Terrorism as well as protecting Canada’s sovereignty. During this period, Davie also developed and delivered two large special Ro-Pax ferrys for Marine Atlantic with a bow loading door.
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  • 1997-2006

    COMPLEX CONVERSIONS

    Following the governmental programs, Davie diverted its attention to projects where it could leverage its capability to manage and...
    Following the governmental programs, Davie diverted its attention to projects where it could leverage its capability to manage and deliver complex projects. In keeping with its focus on the oil & gas market, Davie performed a series of major vessel and rig conversions such as a semi-submersible production platform for Petrobras and a dynamically positioned pipelay vessel for US-based clients. With its ability to produce compound curves, Davie also produced sonar domes for over 90 United States naval surface combatants.
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  • Today

    A NEW BEGINNING

    Having been involved in a number of complex conversion projects, Davie applied what it had learnt and reverted to...
    Having been involved in a number of complex conversion projects, Davie applied what it had learnt and reverted to its history as a builder to begin construction of highly specialised dynamically positioned vessels for the offshore market. Focusing on specialised propulsion and maneuvering systems also positions Davie well for other vessel segments such as those requiring dual-fuel LNG systems.
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