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RICK Dykstra, MP for the Ontario city of St Catharines, has welcomed the award of a $6 million contract at Seaway Marine and Industrial to conduct repair work on a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, the CCGS Admunsen.

“I am proud to be part of a government that is making strategic investments in the Canadian Coast Guard and awarding this work through an open, fair and transparent contract awarding process,” said Dykstra. “This work not only supports Canada’s future research priorities in the Arctic, but also supports job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity right here in St Catharines.”

Repairs to the CCGS Amundsen will be undertaken in two phases. Phase one will be conducted at Seaway Marine and Industrial, with significant engine repairs, and aims to have the vessel back in full service for the 2013 summer Arctic season.

Phase two will focus on replacement or repairs to manoeuvring, communications and navigation systems, the hull and related structures, as well as deck equipment and domestic systems for fresh water, heating and other minor upgrades.

The CCGS Amundsen was built in 1979 and is one of four vessels in the Medium Icebreaker class. Through an agreement with Université Laval, the CCGS Amundsen has been converted into an Arctic science vessel and made available to the ArcticNet programme for ground-breaking scientific research. The federal government works with ArcticNet along with Inuit peoples, universities and industry to better understand our Arctic waters.

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