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Chantier Davie Canada Inc.

Founded in 1825 by Captain Alison Davie, it was the beginning of a long and rich history. Since its inception, Davie has built over 700 vessels, from steamboats to diesel-electric oilfield services vessels with advanced dynamic positioning systems and naval vessels with complex combat systems. Davie has built, converted, repaired and upgraded almost every form of vessel, rig and offshore platform including tankers, bulk carriers, containerships, fishing vessels, ferries, naval vessels and jack-up and semi-submersible drilling and production platforms.

With its strong engineering disciplines and fully integrated, self-sufficient fabrication facilities, Davies versatility has enabled it to leverage the best practices and transferable skills acquired from two centuries of shipbuilding to provide products and services for industries including natural resources, rail, hydro-electric and nuclear power, defence and more. Davie has also been involved with numerous civil construction projects from port terminals to bridge building to the construction of sporting stadiums.

The main construction berths are located to the East of the facility and have been the birthplace of hundreds of vessels and rigs over the past 185 years. At 260m long, the main construction berths are a suitable size for the construction of nearly all vessel types for the shipping, oil & gas, passenger and naval sectors. With a 5% slope, the main construction berths provide the ideal gradient for ship and rig building projects. Most commonly, ships are built behind one another on the main construction berths to provide a continual production line for a particular program. The main construction berths are serviced by two fixed and a host of mobile cranes. Purpose built shelters are lifted across areas on a shipbuild project where cover is required for weather-sensitive activities.

At 351m, the Champlain Dry Dock is Canada's largest graving dock. The Champlain Dry Dock is 36.57m wide and was fully refurbished in 2001 at a cost of over USD 12m. The dock is serviced by elevators and a variety of fixed and mobile cranes and can be used for both repair and construction projects. A channel connecting the Champlain Dry Dock to the main shipping channel on the St. Lawrence river provides a safe passage for vessels of all descriptions. The dock is equipped with a central gate which allows two vessels to be docked at any time (194.5m in the inner section and 147m in the outer section).

Davie is a leading contractor to the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard, as well as foreign navies. Davie has been involved in nine Canadian Navy and a number of Coast Guard programs involving the construction, upgrading and in-service support of a variety of classes including destroyers, minesweepers, corvettes, frigates, auxiliary vessels and icebreakers. Davie is also a contractor to American shipyards involved with surface combatant newbuild programs.

Davie is a naval centre of excellence and is committed to develop and manufacture fully missionized vessels for major navies. Together with our partners, Davie is able to design, build and integrate complex surface vessels for a variety of duties ranging from surveillance to combat. Our global offer provides a turnkey solution for navies, which goes beyond construction and stretches to through-life support, fleet maintenance and more.

From structural integrity to the modernisation of combat and warfare navigation systems, regular maintenance and upgrades are key to the efficient and safe operations of all naval vessels. Through its vast experience in naval construction, systems integration and management of sub-contractors, Davie provides first-class throughlife services. Leveraging Davies superior workmanship, we design and manufacture complex components for surface combatants to support our in-house newbuild constructions as well as for third-party shipbuilders. Components manufactured by Davie range from sonar domes for destroyers to aluminum elevators for aircraft carriers.

Davie was established by English sea captain Allison Davie and spent the next 60 years building some of the worlds largest sail and steam driven ships. Primarily for English shipowners, Davies ships were used for transporting people and cargo around the world. With Canadas ever increasing population and new infrastructure and export requirements, Davie spent the next 30 years building ferrys and cargoships for the government as well as private shipowners using new forms of propulsion systems for steel ship construction.

With the Great War underway, Davie focused its attention to meeting the needs of allied navies. Over the next 6 years, Davie would build over 300 vessels for the French, British and Canadian navies. With merchant shipping coming under attack from German submarines at one point leaving Britain with only 6 weeks of food supply, Davie produced over 200 submarine chasers to counter the threat.

With the Great War over, Davie focused its attention to building some of the worlds then largest freighters and passenger ships for its then owner, Canada Steamship Lines. Davies contribution to Canada Steamship Line during this period was a key contributor to making CSL what it is today.

WWII sparked a second rush by allied countries for ships. As opposed to the Great War of 1914-1918, this time the theatre for war was primarily at sea which meant Davie had to produce more sophisticated vessels to combat the new threat. Davie built over 60 ships during this short period for the Canadian, British and French navies. These included Corvettes, Frigates and Landing Craft for active operations as well as Minesweepers and Auxiliary ships to support the navies and merchant shipping fleet.

With the war now over and rapid globalisation taking place, Davie became one of the worlds leading commercial shipbuilders attracting orders for general cargo ships, bulk carriers, tankers and fishing vessels from clients all over the world. Having delivered some of the strategically most important ships during the second world war, Davie also went on to build series after series of surface combatant for the Canadian and international navies during this period. At that time, Davie also expanded its general engineering capabilities to tackle a number of complex infrastructure projects.

With offshore natural resources being exploited over the world, Davie focused its attention to applying the skills it had learnt in applying new ship technologies to address global demand. This resulted in a series of jack-up drilling rigs being built at Davie for clients such as Petrobras as well as other clients in South America and Europe. Other accomplishments included the first floating metal mining to operate in Canadas harsh environment Northwest Territories.

From 1991, Davie began a frigate construction program for the Canadian Government. The highly successful Canadian Patrol Frigate Project provided Canada with a series of world-class surface combatants. Today, the City-Class frigates built at Davie play a key role in the War on Terrorism as well as protecting Canadas sovereignty. During this period, Davie also developed and delivered two large special Ro-Pax ferrys for Marine Atlantic with a bow loading door.

Following the governmental programs, Davie diverted its attention to projects where it could leverage its capability to manage and deliver complex projects. In keeping with its focus on the oil & gas market, Davie performed a series of major vessel and rig conversions such as a semi-submersible production platform for Petrobras and a dynamically positioned pipelay vessel for US-based clients. With its ability to produce compound curves, Davie also produced sonar domes for over 90 United States naval surface combatants.

Having been involved in a number of complex conversion projects, Davie applied what it had learnt and reverted to its history as a builder to begin construction of highly specialised dynamically positioned vessels for the offshore market. Focusing on specialised propulsion and maneuvering systems also positions Davie well for other vessel segments such as those requiring dual-fuel LNG systems.

Davie was one of the shipbuilders to receive the 07 February 2011 RFP to build the large vessels required under the shipbuilding strategy. Davie Yards was among shipbuilders to receive the RFP, along with Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Saint John, N.B., Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, B.C., Kiewit Offshore Services - a division of Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Milton, Ontario and Seaway Marine & Industrial Inc., St. Catharines, Ontario. If Davie wants to its response to the RFP to be considered, it will have to emerge from under Canada's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA") protection.

In 2011, the Harper government unveiled its National Shipbuilding Procurement Program, awarding $38-billion in contracts to build ships for the Navy and Coast Guard to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. of Halifax and Seaspan Shipbuilding of Vancouver. A group of investors purchased the shipyard in 2012 from Upper Lakes Marine and SNC-Lavalin. The partnership pulled the yard back from the brink of bankruptcy in 2011 just in time to bid on the multi-billion dollar federal contracts to build combat and non-combat vessels. Davie, emerging from bankruptcy at the time, is Canadas largest shipyard and was excluded. Davie had been passed over by the federal government's multi-billion-dollar National Shipbuilding Strategy, with most of the work going instead to Halifax-based Irving Shipyards and Vancouver-based Seaspan Marine. When those contracts went to Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax and Seaspan Marine in Vancouver, the partnership dissolved.

Another group of investors, based in Britain and Monaco, took over, and in five years the workforce at the yard grew from a dozen or two office and maintenance staff to nearly 1,400 workers.

Many observers believed Davie was in the Trudeau government's bad books because of the Norman affairs. Suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was shuffled out of his position as the military's second-in-command on 27 June 2018, as the criminal case against him worked its way through the court system. The move came 18 months after Norman was relieved of his duties as vice chief of defence staff for allegedly leaking government secrets to the Davie shipyard, for which he faced one charge of breach of trust. The case against Norman arose from the newly elected Liberal government's decision in November 2015 to reconsider a $700-million contract the Harper Conservatives had awarded to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding. The contract was to convert a civilian vessel, the MV Asterix, into a temporary navy resupply ship that would be leased for five years, with another five-year option, until permanent replacements could be built in Vancouver. Norman was commander of the navy at the time and allegedly worked with Davie to try to pressure the government to retain the project. Ontario Superior Court justice Kevin Phillips said Norman might not have done anything criminal and that his exchanges with Fraser were "meant to keep a contractual relationship together." Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding wanted to kill the $670 million Davie shipyard lease arrangement and replace it with its own proposal.

Davie and the Quebec government both began demanding more federal work for the shipbuilder after it laid off 800 workers at its shipyard in Levis late in 2017.

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