Wärtsilä Canada has won a contract worth $6.2m from Canadian government to design and supply two new propulsion control systems to be incorporated with two Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) 1100 class vessels: CCGS Ann Harvey and the CCGS Sir William Alexander.
The task of designing will commence immediately and is expected to be delivered within the next two years.
The new set of equipment is said to bolster the navigator's control over the vessel's movement on water and reduce the requirement of maintenance. Further, the systems will allow them to spend more time at sea, thereby ensuring the safe passage of vessels in Canadian waters.
The deal also includes options for design and supply of propulsion control systems for another four Coast Guard 1100 class vessels: the CCGS Edward Cornwallis, the CCGS Martha L. Black, the CCGS George R. Pearkes and the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
Besides offering an essential service to the CCG's navigation and icebreaking programmes, these vessels serve Canadian waters from coast to coast.
If the option is exercised, it could increase the total contract value to approximately $18.9m.
This deal is part of an overall $360m investment to bolster the life of the Coast Guard fleet.
Commenting on the contract award, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Hunter Tootoo said: "These propulsion systems will ensure the Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to continue its vital role in icebreaking and aid navigation across the country.
"They will ensure that Canadian Coast Guard vessels are equipped to continue their vital role ensuring the safe navigation of mariners transiting through our waters."
Image: Canadian Coastal guard ship Ann Harvey. Photo: courtesy of MADoates / Wikipedia.