Shelburne Nova Scotia Shipyard Awarded Refit Work

October 13, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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A shipyard in Shelburne, Nova Scotia has been awarded $2.4 million in refit work on vessels for the navy and coast guard, providing new work for CAW/Marine Workers Federation Local 9 members.

Shelburne Ship Repair is located about 200 kilometres south of Halifax. The facility was closed in August 2009 because its wharf and slip needed upgrading. The yard reopened recently after a $16.6 million renovation funded by the provincial government and Irving Shipbuilding, the owners.

"It's great news that a shipyard that was in some trouble in the mid 90s when it was first organized will now have a bright future," said Les Holloway, CAW Atlantic area director, who originally organized the yard. "This is really good news for our members working in the shipbuilding industry," he said.

Danny Branscombe, President of CAW/MWF Local 9, told the Chronicle Herald newspaper that with the Shelburne yard now bidding on other contracts the membership are hoping on more work to come.

"If we get a decent amount of work, because of the larger facilities and the capacity to haul larger ships, the numbers can only go up," Branscombe said. The current refit work means work for more than 75 CAW/MWF members.  

The company has indicated that with the renovations complete vessels weighing up to 4,000 tonnes and more than 122 metres long can now be hauled out of the water. The yard can also handle two vessels at a time.

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