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Canada in talks with Davie for leasing four icebreakers

23 January 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his government is in talks with Quebec-based shipbuilder Davie about leasing four icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Trudeau on 18 January said negotiations with Davie were to begin the following day.

The shipbuilder originally proposed leasing the four icebreakers to the federal government in April 2017 under Project Resolute. Davie is proposing an arrangement similar to its Project Resolve supply ship, MV Asterix , which is currently on trials with the Royal Canadian Navy and is to be leased as an interim capability.

Alex Vicefield, chairman of Davie Shipbuilding, told Jane’s on 23 January that he believes Project Resolute icebreakers offer a unique opportunity for the government.

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