Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
Irving Shipbuilding is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies and is in the business of building quality ships and repairing vessels. The company is comprised of four manufacturing sites; Halifax Shipyard, Woodside Industries, Shelburne Ship Repair, and East Isle Shipyard on PEI; as well as four engineering offices across Canada, under Fleetway Inc. and Oceanic Consulting. In October 2011, Irving Shipbuilding was selected by the Canadian Government through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to build the Royal Canadian Navy’s new combat fleet, a program that comprises 21 vessels over a period of 30 years.
The team at Irving Shipbuilding is proud to have been chosen to build the Canadian Navy’s next combat fleet and is currently working on completing negotiations on the necessary contracts to being this work. The entire Irving Shipbuilding team, which today numbers over 1,400, is squarely focused on delivering for its customers while working to ensure it is positioned to take advantage of opportunities at home and around the world.
The excitement generated around NSPS has certainly driven a significant increase in inquiries, job applications, and information requests from potential suppliers flowing into the Irving Shipbuilding organization. The company’s job now is to ensure it follows through on plans to help develop and attract the workforce needed, when it’s needed; encourage and inform current and future supply chain members; and build the systems and teams internally to move forward with its vision as the negotiations proceed.
The men and women of Irving Shipbuilding specialize in building both commercial and military vessels, ship repair, conversion, as well as the repair and fabrication of offshore structures. With a number of major projects underway, in addition to a steady flow of commercial ship repair projects, it’s definitely a work force with a mission. At Halifax Shipyard, a $194 million contract to build nine high-tech mid-shore patrol vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard is well underway, as is the $549 million contract to conduct major refits on seven of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Frigates, expected to be complete in 2018. Visit www.irvingshipbuilding.com for more information.