The Government of Canada has awarded a new contract to Marine Recycling for the disposal of two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) vessels.

Marine Recycling is set to dispose of the RCN’s former Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Preserver and Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel (CFAV) Quest under the $12.62m deal.

The government has ensured that the vessel disposal project generates additional job opportunities and invites new economic opportunities to communities across Canada.

Government of Canada Public Services and Procurement Acting Minister Jim Carr said: “The Government of Canada is committed to disposing of these historic ships in an environmentally responsible manner.

“These contracts will utilise the skills and knowledge of a Canadian company, while creating good jobs in communities in Nova Scotia and Ontario.”

"These contracts will utilise the skills and knowledge of a Canadian company, while creating good jobs in communities in Nova Scotia and Ontario."

The scope of the project involves the towing of the RCN ships to the contractor's facility located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as well as the demilitarisation of equipment, remediation of hazardous waste and recycling of any remaining materials.

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The Canadian Navy’s auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel HMCS Preserver was decommissioned last year after 46 years of service.

CFAV Quest previously served as a Canadian Navy oceanographic / acoustic research ship, and was also decommissioned in 2016. The vessel was constructed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1969.

Marine Recycling is expected to complete the dismantling of the naval vessels by mid-2019.

Source: The Royal Canadian Navy’s auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel, HMCS Preserver. Photo: courtesy of mass communication specialist petty officer 2nd class Erica R. Gardner.