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National Shipbuilding Strategy

Davie is a proud partner of Canada as the country embarks on the largest-ever marine and defence procurement.

NSS overview

As an NSS partner, Davie will build one of the largest and most powerful icebreaker fleets in the world to protect Canada’s vital interests in the Arctic and help maintain year-round marine trade. Two ferries will connect communities in Eastern Québec and Atlantic Canada.

Core objectives

Replace navy and coast guard fleets to support national and economic security

Create sustainable jobs and economic growth

Support a vibrant maritime sector

NSPS pillars for combat and non-combat construction programs

Large vessel construction

Small vessel construction

Repair, refit and maintenance work

Davie’s contribution

Polar Icebreaker

Polar Icebreaker

Davie will build one of the most powerful hybrid diesel-electric polar icebreakers.

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Program Icebreakers

Program Icebreakers

Davie will contribute six Program Icebreakers (PIB) as the backbone of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker fleet. They will be able to operate in severe ice conditions and support Arctic missions during winter and summer.

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Transport Canada Ferries

Transport Canada Ferries

Davie will build two ferries to supply essential service to eastern Canada island communities. The first vessel will replace the Madeleine vessel on the Prince Edward Island to Îles-de-la-Madeleine service route.

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Canada has selected Davie’s Naval Maintenance Centre of Excellence as a long-term, through-life support centre to sustain the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) surface combatant fleet into the far future.

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Benefits of the NSS

Guaranteed work at Davie until 2040+

Transition from project-based to programmatic way of working

High value federal contracts

Thousands of sustainable jobs created

Growth of Canada-wide supply chain, including thousands of SMEs

Major economic contributions to Québec and Canada through ITB contributions

Cost and productivity benefits of NSS gap closure investments

Drive development of vibrant maritime cluster aligned with NSS value proposition

Establish Arctic Centre of Excellence

International export potential for mission-critical ships

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