The Canadian Coast Guard’s first hybrid electric vessel has been ordered from the Forillon Shipyard in Gaspé. This nearshore fishery research vessel is designed to reduce carbon emissions, in line with the Canadian government’s 2030 and 2050 climate change commitments.
‘We’re proud to bring this promising new project to Gaspé. We’re delighted to be able to support the Canadian Coast Guard in the energy transition of its fleet by building its first hybrid vessel,’ said Jean-David Samuel, President and CEO of Forillon Shipyard.
Forillon Shipyard took part in a rigorous bidding process to obtain this new contract. The decision was based on a number of criteria, including the supplier’s overall experience, the quality of its shipyard facilities, its experience with similar projects (including ship hybridisation in the past), and the strength and reliability of its team.
This order confirms the company is still growing steadily and creating several new jobs. As it looks to the future, Forillon Shipyard plans to expand its team to ensure its current and future projects maintain the company’s quality standards. The company will be recruiting several specialists and front-line employees, including engineers, welders, and project managers, along with administrative and production staff.
‘As a maritime nation with the longest coastline in the world, Canada has a unique opportunity to be a global leader in implementing low-carbon solutions and a blue economy for all,’ said Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Diane Lebouthillier.
‘This marks a major milestone in the Gaspé Peninsula’s maritime history. The construction of this vessel will not only create and maintain highly skilled, well-paid jobs, but will directly and indirectly stimulate the economy of the entire region.’