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Hawboldt to Play Critical Role in the Royal Canadian Navy’s New JSS!

Hawboldt Industries | Designed. Built. Marine.

Hawboldt Industries is on a mission to make the world’s lightest, strongest, and smartest marine deck equipment. Active in the marine sector for over 100 years, Hawboldt has succeeded in leveraging the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) to become an expert in ship-wide deck equipment supply and integration, quadrupling its engineering staff in the process. Hawboldt’s winch and crane systems bring significant value to both shipbuilders and ship owners, by maximizing efficiency to reduce power and cooling requirements, and by minimizing weight, noise, and footprint. This means faster vessel construction, simpler equipment operation, and easier maintenance. Hawboldt’s continued success is creating economic benefits in Nova Scotia, and among a supply chain throughout Atlantic Canada.

In 2014 Hawboldt won a contract with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) under the NSS to design and manufacture over 25 pieces of deck equipment and related systems for each of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV).  This contract represented their largest and most integrated vessel systems to date, and resulted in a major increase in the company’s engineering capability. 

Hawboldt is pleased to announce that in 2018 they have been awarded a number of projects at VSY for the next phase of shipbuilding in Vancouver on the Joint Supply Ships (JSS).

“On behalf of our employees and owners, I am pleased to announce that Hawboldt Industries will be designing and building the mooring equipment and main deck crane for the Canadian Navy’s new JSS presently under construction at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyard.  This is a tremendous vote of confidence from Seaspan in Hawboldt’s ability to deliver critical equipment for the next phase of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.  We value Seaspan’s commitment to the Canadian supply chain as it provides a boost to Canadian companies like Hawboldt, who leverage these domestic sales into strong international exports. Equipment that Hawboldt has developed for Seaspan’s NSS projects like the JSS is being marketed and sold around the world.”

— John Huxtable P.Eng., General Manager, Hawboldt Industries


Supporting VSY through the NSS has been a big factor in helping Hawboldt to grow from 40 to 60+ high-skilled trades and professionals, and provided the opportunity to make industry leading equipment for a dynamic and forward looking customer.

“Thanks to its work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan Shipyards is developing a Canadian supply chain that can respond to the needs of our domestic shipbuilding industry. With this supply chain development, the NSS is encouraging investment by Canadian companies, supporting the development of export opportunities, and creating highly-skilled, middle class jobs across Canada. Our continued relationship with Hawboldt Industries is an important one and their involvement in the NSS demonstrates the national impact of Canada’s shipbuilding program.”

— Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards


 “The Industrial and Technological benefits Policy is ensuring that the National Shipbuilding Strategy creates long-term economic benefits by building ships in Canada.  Hawboldt is a great example of how the strategy is leading to new work for suppliers and new well-paying middle-class jobs for Canadians.”

— The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Proudly hailing from Chester, Nova Scotia, Hawboldt is looking to a future built on our past success. Check out what we are currently working on here:

For any inquiries, please contact:

Dylan Wells, P.Eng.
General Sales Manager