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Shipbuilding Update

December 7, 2012

Since our last update on October 19, 2012 we wanted to keep you informed on recent and upcoming activities regarding Irving Shipbuilding.

CAW Local 1 & Irving Shipbuilding Reach New Collective Agreement

On November 28, 2012, members of CAW/Marine Workers Federation Local 1 voted 69% in favour of ratifying a new 6-year collective agreement with Irving Shipbuilding. The agreement covers approximately 1000 workers at Halifax Shipyard, skilled shipbuilders who will be key in the construction of the new naval combat fleet for Canada in the coming years.

“Our negotiating committee worked very hard to get a good deal for our members, one that increased benefits for workers and improves our ability to attract skilled trades to Halifax Shipyard to build new ships for Canada,” said Karl Risser, President, CAW Local 1. “Our campaign to build ships in Canada, by Canadian workers, for Canada has been going on for years. The competitive wage rates in this new agreement will help us to attract and retain skilled trades here in Nova Scotia.”

“We’re pleased with the results of today’s ratification vote,” said Ross Langley, Vice Chairman, Irving Shipbuilding. “This new collective agreement recognizes the extensive skills and experience of the men and women of Halifax Shipyard while providing the kind of stability that will allow us to focus as a team on completing our current projects as well as preparing for the naval programs to come.”

Workers at Halifax Shipyard are currently constructing nine Hero Class Mid-shore Patrol Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, with two ships complete and delivered and six currently under construction; the program is due for completion in 2014. Also underway are mid-life refits of seven Halifax-class Frigates for the Canadian Navy, a program expected to wrap up in 2017. Current DND estimates see the first set of vessels under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, entering into production stage in 2015.

“Our membership and their experience was one of the leading reasons Irving Shipbuilding successfully landed the bid to build the Navy’s new combat fleet.,” added Karl Risser.

“This new agreement today allows us to move forward as a team to deliver quality vessels and best value to Canada,” said Ross Langley.

2 New Confirmed Projects for Shelburne Ship Repair

Irving Shipbuilding recently confirmed two new contracts for Shelburne Ship Repair. CFAV Firebird, a DND firefighting tug, is scheduled to arrive at Shelburne Ship Repair Dec. 10 for a 10-week project to blast, paint and perform propulsion repairs. The project is projected to require approximately 25 employees. CFAV Firebird is one of two Fire-class Fireboats operated by the Canadian Forces Maritime Command (Canadian Navy), which can also double as Yard Tractor Tugs.

And the Canadian Coast Guard research vessel CCG Alfred Needler is expected to arrive at Shelburne Ship Repair on Dec. 12 for five weeks of general repairs, blasting, painting, and propulsion system inspections. This project is expected to require approximately 40 employees. Click for more info...

Recent & Upcoming Projects in Halifax Shipyard's Nova Dock

The MV Atlantic Vision passenger ferry occupied Halifax Shipyard's Nova Dock from late October to early December. The ferry, which operates between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, was in for routine maintenance which included mechanical work and painting. The project kept approximately 70 to 80 people busy for the duration.

Next up is HMCS Toronto, due to arrive the first week of December. The DND Halifax-Class Frigate will be in for approximately 10 days in preparation for her deployment overseas in January 2013, requiring approximately 24 hourly workers. HMCS Toronto was built in Saint John Shipbuilding and was commissioned on July 29, 1993.

Hero Class Caporal Kaeble V.C. Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel Unveiled
From left to right: Dany Boudreault, Commanding Officer of the Ship; Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence; Gail Shea, Acting Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Micheline Kaeble-Herbert; John Butler, CCG Assistant Commissioner; and Ginette Neveu-Kaeble.

On November 19, 2012, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) unveiled the latest addition to the CCG fleet at the wharf of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth.The CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. (Victoria Cross) is the second of nine new ‘Hero’ Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels that are being built by Irving Shipbuilding for service across Canada. Six vessels are currently underway in the yard, with one still yet to be started. The Coast Guard ‘Hero’ class vessels are named after Canadian heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice for Canada.

Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C. was born in St. Moise, Quebec. He joined the Royal 22nd Regiment in 1916. He died near Arras on June 9, 1918, while he single-handedly repelled a strong attack with his Lewis gun.
Construction has started on an Outfit Support Tower (OST) being built along the east side of the Machine Shop Wharf. The facility will bring tools, materials, and facilities closer to the job site for employees working on the FELEX (Frigate Life Extension Program) that includes mid-life refits on seven of the Navy's patrol frigates. The OST is slated for completion in mid-February 2013.
Documentary on Maritime Shipbuilding
Recently a documentary film crew visited Halifax Shipyard to do some filming for CBC's Land & Sea program. The broadcast premiere is on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12 noon on CBC TV. Following the broadcast, it will be available at: www.cbc.ca/landandsea  
Sounds of Nova Scotia - Including Shipbuilding!
Check out this two and a half minute video called Nova Scotia in the Key of Sea that a Halifax based business put together. We were happy to help them out with collecting video and sound from Halifax Shipyard, so that they could include shipbuilding as one of the elements in the video. www.keyofsea.ca  

Irving Shipbuilding is seeking experienced Project Engineers/Technologists to lead Civil, Equipment and Marine-based projects as part of our facilities modernization.

For more information on these and other current openings, visit www.irvingshipbuilding.com/careers

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!
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