Rendering of the Offshore Oceanographic Research Vessel

Coast Guard Vessel Costs

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 13 October 2023

The Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel gets more and more expensive – last week it was announced that the budget for the ship had increased 28% this year, an increase from $995 million to $1.28 billion. This ship is the largest and most complicated of the vessels being built for the Canadian Coast Guard by Seaspan under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. It is designed to undertake scientific and ocean mapping missions and track climate change in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was originally expected to cost $109 million with delivery in 2017. The price is now expected to be $1.28B and the delivery has been moved to 2018, 2021, 2023, 2024 and now 2025. A spokesman for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans attributes the cost increase to “the impacts of COVID-19 to the shipyard, higher than anticipated inflation and global supply chain challenges, a more mature vessel design, and a better understanding of production and material costs.” Another factor cited is the schedule revision at Seaspan which moved the construction of a Joint Support Ship before the vessel. According to Seaspan the ship is now 60% complete and on track for 2025 delivery. I’m sure the Coast Guard eagerly awaits.

See “Cost of Canada's new flagship ocean science vessel jumps a further $300M”


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