Kingston’s MetalCraft Marine has won a large contract with the federal government to build over two dozen barges for the Canadian Coast Guard. The manufacturer will build 13 barges of 20 cubic metres and 11 barges of 40 cubic metres. MetalCraft Marine is one of three companies who have been awarded a contract.
The vessels will be used by the Coast Guard to respond to marine pollution marine pollution incidents, including oil recovery. “The hard-shell barges will provide safe temporary storage of hydrocarbon oils and oily waste recovered from an oil spill,” Public Procurement said in a News Release.
The contract is part of a 1.6 billion dollar investment to maintain Canada’s status as world leader in Marine Environment Responses.
“Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is delivering the effective, modern equipment the Canadian Coast Guard needs to protect Canada’s waters and shorelines from hazardous oil spills. These contracts will help preserve our marine environment, while stimulating the economy across Canada,” The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement said in a statement.
The barges are expected to be completed by March, 2022 and they are expected to create or maintain 25 jobs between the three companies.