Bluedrop Training & Simulation has been awarded a contract by Fleetway and Irving Shipbuilding for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN)new Harry DeWolf class of Arctic offshore patrol ships (AOPS).
Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding is constructing six AOPS vessels under a $2.3bn contract awarded in January last year.
Fleetway provides engineering and support services to customers such as the RCN, the Canadian Coast Guard, the offshore oil and gas industry, ferry operators, shipyards, ship owners, and commercial marine enterprises.
Under the latest $15m contract, Bluedrop will design the training and simulation software for the AOPS vessels that are being built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.
The AOPS vessels are currently under construction at the Halifax Shipyard in Canada, and are said to be the first ships to be built under the combat vessels package of the shipbuilding contract.
Bluedrop Training & Simulation Technology and Simulation vice-president Jean-Claude Siew said: "Our state-of-the-art virtual training and simulation centre here in Halifax is the only facility of its kind in Canada and will ensure our navy has access to leading edge training technologies to prepare and train the future fleet."
So far, more than $1bn in AOPS contracts have been awarded to over 190 Canadian companies, including over $405m in contracts to Nova Scotia companies.
Bluedrop’s Halifax office has assigned 25 full and part-time employees to work on the AOPS project, including eight positions that were created under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) contract.
The new DeWolf-class AOPS are being designed to play a critical role in protecting Canada’s offshore sovereignty in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Arctic.
Image: Representatives of Bluedrop, Irving Shipbuilding and the Mayor of Halifax. Photo: courtesy of Irving Shipbuilding Inc.