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Hawboldt Industries Wins Auspicious Seaspan Contract

Chester, Nova Scotia – Hawboldt Industries Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to supply the deck machinery for the new Offshore Fisheries and Science Vessels (OFSV) as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) for Non-Combat vessels. The contract is for the first of three planned vessels in the OFSV program now underway in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

The OFSV are the first vessels to be built under the $8 billion NSPS program for Non-Combat vessels, awarded to Seaspan in 2011. The OFSV will replace aging vessels operated by the Canadian Coast Guard in the Pacific, Maritime and Newfoundland and Labrador Regions of Canada. These vessels are used for fisheries assessments and scientific ocean research.

Hawboldt Industries will be responsible for the design and manufacture of the entire scope of deck equipment for the fisheries and science missions, including deck cranes, all fishing winches and controls, the science winches along with specialized launch and recovery systems.

“This is a significant order for Hawboldt and demonstrates the confidence and trust shown by Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in our ability to meet the schedule and technical requirements for these modern vessels,” says John Huxtable, General Manager of Hawboldt Industries. “This is another step to establish Hawboldt as a total solutions provider in the global market for Research Vessel deck machinery.” Equipment is expected to be delivered in early 2015.

About Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards

Seaspan is an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal marine transportation, ship docking/ship escort, ship repair and shipbuilding services. Vancouver Shipyards, an affiliate company, originally incorporated in 1902, is located on a 35-acre custom-built facility on the North Shore of the Burrard Inlet. Vancouver Shipyards has forged a solid reputation for the design, construction, maintenance and repair of all types of vessels and is currently undergoing a two-year, $200 million modernization project which, when completed, will provide state-of-the-art facilities to establish a world-class shipbuilding and ship repair centre of excellence on the West Coast. The yard’s facilities include a major steel forming shop, a large fabrication and assembly hall, a 20,000 square foot, totally enclosed paint facility and a 300-tonne Gantry Crane, the largest of its kind in Canada.

About Hawboldt Industries Ltd.

Hawboldt Industries Ltd., a member of the Timberland Group of companies, offers integrated design and manufacturing capabilities to deliver innovative engineered solutions for marine deck equipment, line-handling and lifting applications. Founded in 1906 and located in beautiful Chester, Nova Scotia, Hawboldt has a rich history of supplying marine equipment to the fishing industry in Canada. Hawboldt serves customers in the general shipbuilding, national defense, offshore oil & gas, oceanographic, scientific and undersea research industries. Hawboldt is a preferred supplier for specialized winch systems, ROV, AUV and Subsea Drill launch and recovery systems, marine cranes, reels, windlasses and capstans that drive the efficiency and productivity of critical ocean-based technologies today. For more information, visit


Paul Phillips
General Sales Manager
Hawboldt Industries Ltd.
Tel: 902.275.3591
Mobile: 902.275.8771