Icebreaker Contract For Halifax Shipyard Totals Can. $54 Million

Halifax Shipyard of Nova Scotia has won a Can. $54-million contract from the Canadian Government to build one type 1100 Navaid/ Light icebreaker vessel.

Construction will begin early next year with delivery to the Canadian Coast Guard scheduled for May 1986.

President and chief executive of Halifax Industries Limited Kenneth Wood, said today: "This important and much needed contract was won against stiff competition from other yards in Canada." The contract will provide work for over 200 people during the construction period.

The principal characteristics of this new Coast Guard icebreaker are: length—83 meters; breadth— 16.20 meters; depth—7.75 meters; displacement—4,662 tons; horsepower— 8,445; speed—15.3 knots; range—6,500 nautical miles at 15 knots; and crew—52.

The ship is to be equipped with twin-screw diesel electric propulsion, and the hull will be suitable for icebreaking purposes as Arctic Class II vessel.

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