Davie Shipbuilding launches Canadian ferry replacement initiative

Recent changes to the federal government’s New Building Canada Fund, announced by Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, will enable significant investments in infrastructure systems, including ferry replacement and refits. Ferry operators across Canada will have access to the fund that may inject billions of dollars in transportation infrastructure projects, providing the proposed projects be completed within a three-year timeframe.

Under the program, the federal government plans on funding projects delivered as public-private partnership (P3).

Canadian Ferry Operator Association (CFOA) members, including Davie Shipbuilding, are in an excellent position to jointly benefit from these federal initiatives. Many Canadian ferries, whether federally, provincially or privately owned, are beyond the age of economic repair and replacement is a growing concern.

Davie Shipbuilding is well positioned to offer a “Fast Track” program designed to build the vessels based on existing conceptual designs at reduced upfront costs for ferry operators and owners. This approach would allow the participants to take full advantage of the federal funding.

Gerry Neven, Davie’s VP Commercial stated: “Davie is highly experienced with the P3 contractual model—our current program for the Royal Canadian Navy has created a new alternative ownership model for the federal government using Canadian institutional financing, which can be easily applied to Canada’s ferry fleet. By bringing private investment into financing structures together with the federal, provincial and municipal governments, we can create significant benefits and flexibility for the taxpayer.”

Maritime Editorial