HaiSea Marine, a joint venture between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan, has been awarded a contract by LNG Canada to design, build and operate escort tugs and harbor tugs required for LNG Canada’s LNG export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.
The value of the contract is approximately $500m over 12 years.
The tugs will provide berthing and unberthing assistance for LNG carriers and also transportation of material and personnel, marine emergency response, firefighting and oil pollution response.
The tugs will go into service shortly prior to production commencing, which is estimated before mid-next decade.
“Seaspan owns a large fleet, has extensive new build experience and has the largest pool of tug masters and engineers in BC, providing us with the scale to train for and operate the project in a cost-efficient manner. Our innovative training and safety programs ensure that HaiSea mariners will be well prepared to support the safest project on earth,” said Frank Butzelaar, CEO of Seaspan Marine Transportation.