Charting a Course for 30 Years of Work

Published by the Premier's Office

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The province is helping Nova Scotians get ready to make the most of the federal shipbuilding contracts that will bring 30 years of opportunities and good jobs. Premier Darrell Dexter released an analysis of the range of activities needed to create, produce, deliver and maintain the arctic offshore patrol ships, polar icebreaker, and research vessels.


Nova Scotia is built to build ships, and this study confirms that. Nova Scotians are ready to turn the corner toward prosperity, and this is another tool to help build the supply chain and the workforce that will get us ready for the opportunity of a generation. Premier Darrell Dexter

For over a century, Lunenburg Foundry has adapted to changing markets and opportunities, and we'll continue to change as these new shipbuilding projects take shape and the industry evolves. Peter Kinley, Lunenburg and Industrial Foundry and Engineering president and CEO.

Our high-quality products and services are recognized around the world, and we welcome this report that notes our strengths and shows where we might fit in the extensive global shipbuilding value chain. Peter Kinley, Lunenburg and Industrial Foundry and Engineering president and CEO.

Nova Scotia's companies are well positioned across the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy value chains that Duke evaluated, particularly for the Canadian icebreaker and the science vessels. This study offers a number of opportunities for Nova Scotia to develop a competitive shipbuilding sector now and for the future. Gary Gereffi, director, Duke University's Centre on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness

Quick Facts

  • Duke University's Centre on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness in Durham, N.C., prepared the study, which shows how local companies could become suppliers to the shipbuilding programs in Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
  • More than 100 Nova Scotia firms were named in the study as some of the potential suppliers for the work Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan will do.
  • One of those companies is Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering, one of Atlantic Canada's leading ship repair and marine industrial manufacturing firms.
  • The study includes ways to accelerate emerging technologies and support entrepreneurs to ensure Nova Scotia's tradition of shipbuilding meets the demands of today's marine environment.
  • The study also pinpoints global companies the province can attract to help grow a strong shipbuilding and ocean technology industry for the long term.
  • The study makes recommendations for industry and government in three main areas to help increase Nova Scotia's participation in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy:
    • supporting Nova Scotia companies
    • growing technology and innovation opportunities
    • building relationships and planning for the future
  • The province has agreed to advance the recommendations, some of which are already underway, including:
    • establishing the Major Initiative and Projects Office to co-ordinate cross-government activities in support of large projects like shipbuilding
    • supporting local companies to participate in national and international trade shows and industry seminars to build relationships
    • working with the Ships Start Here partnership to explore options to centralize accurate information on procurement, projects, and certification and regulatory requirements
  • As Irving Shipbuilding gets closer to the production of the combat vessels, which make up about half of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy , the province will explore a global value chain study of those ships.
  • The $25-billion federal shipbuilding contracts will provide work for the next 30 years and 11,500 direct and indirect jobs in Nova Scotia when the project hits its stride in a few years time.

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Media Contacts

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Premier's Office
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Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
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Premier Darrell Dexter shares a laugh with two of the authors of the report from Duke University.
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Premier Darrell Dexter talks to media after yesterday's announcement.
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The Bluenose II is tied up at the wharf at the Lunenburg Foundry where it continues to have a refit.
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Premier Darrell Dexter talks about he opportunities ahead with report authors and other officials.
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Premier Darrell Dexter discusses how a report from Duke University will help the province make the most of the opportunities ahead.
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Peter Kinley of Lunenburg Foundry speaks during the event.
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Premier Darrell Dexter talks about the shipbuilding study
Peter Kinley talks about the opportunities for Lunenburg and Industrial Foundry and Engineering
Nova Scotia Shipbuilding Opportunities - 30 Years of Good Jobs


Premier Darrell Dexter says the study shows how Nova Scotia companies can benefit from the shipbuilding contracts.
Premier Dexter says the study is invaluable.
Lukas Brun of Duke University says the study found the opportunities for companies are three-fold.
Lunenburg and Industrial Foundry and Engineering president and CEO Peter Kinley says high quality products and services produced in Lunenburg have become legendary around the world.