More than 3,300 people joined Seaspan at its Vancouver Shipyards for the unveiling of the first vessel to be designed and built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). The Canadian Coast Guard's first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) is the first of three 63-metre offshore-fisheries science vessels to be deployed off Canada’s west and east coasts to help researchers better understand the health of fish stocks and their ocean environment.
The vessel is now structurally complete. In December, Seaspan expects the ship to be launched to Vancouver Island for final interior construction at the company’s Victoria Shipyards prior to testing and sea trials. Other vessels to be built by Seaspan under the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s $8-billion non-combat package are a 150-metre polar icebreaker, an 86-metre offshore oceanographic science vessel and two 174-metre joint-support ships.