Supply Vessel to be Built in Halifax Shipyard Creates 200 Jobs

March 25, 2009, 2:31 PM EST

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The Halifax Shipyard has landed a $60 million contract to build a supply vessel to support the EnCana Corp. offshore Deep Panuke gas project.

The contract will create 200 new jobs and employ up to 800 workers with delivery of the vessel scheduled for late 2010.

The announcement is good news for CAW/Marine Workers Federation Local 1, which represents workers at the Halifax shipyard.

CAW Atlantic area director Les Holloway said the contract means work for hundreds of members and added that the contract will provide a bridge until a number of navy shipbuilding contracts get started in a few years.

"The CAW has worked hard to ensure this contract went to a Canadian owned shipyard, ensuring Canadian workers and the Canadian shipbuilding industry benefited from the project," Holloway said. Construction of the vessel is expected to generate an estimated payroll of more than $20 million and about $14 million in the purchase of goods and services from roughly 50 Nova Scotia companies.

Jamie Vaslet, business agent for CAW/MWF Local 1,  is encouraging workers to contact MPs to lobby against a tentative deal with the European Free Trade Association that would included the elimination of a tariff on foreign-built vessels being brought into Canada.

"We do not need a European free trade agreement that is going to undermine all this work that we can do here in Canada and send to places like Norway," he told the Halifax Chronicle Herald newspaper.


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