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Shipyards enjoying a good and steady pace - Subscriber Access Only

By BCShippingNews 11 July 2017

From Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard vessels, to tugs and barges, pleasure craft, fishing boats, and ferries, B.C.’s shipyards have been maintaining a good pace of business with the majority reporting the same as or better than last year and expecting just as much or more for the coming year. Here’s our latest round up…

Photo above: Sylte Shipyard delivers new Catherwood Sea Imp XI (Photo: BC Shipping News).

ABD Enterprises

Partners Al Dawson and Burton Drody were in attendance for the recent christening of the SST Salish — Saam Smit Towage Canada’s second tug built by the ABD team, following last year’s SST Capilano. The 21.69-metre vessel with two MTU 16V4000M61 engines and two John Deere 2045 DMF auxiliaries has a bollard pull of 65 metric tonnes and a forward winch (DMT TW-H300KN) capable of 180 MT braking power and 30 MT pulling power. She is classed by Lloyd’s +100A1 Tug, Coastal Service. The vessels are part of a contract that includes the option for a third tug. “The decision is still being made on the third vessel,” Dawson said.

Turning their full attention now to the Geemia Joye, a 105-foot packer for James Walkus in Port Hardy, Dawson said construction for this sister ship to the Amarissa Joye began in September 2016 and expects delivery to be sometime in June 2018.

Allied Shipbuilders

Owner Chuck Ko has been pleased to see a busy first half of 2017. “Typically, we’d slow down by the end of the first quarter.  This year, we have been able to sustain a good volume as we approach the summer.”