Québec, May 12th, 2015 – Ocean will begin operations shortly in Bas-Caraquet, which constitutes a strategic positioning for the company. The estimated needs in the Maritimes for ship construction and repair indicate a promising outlook in the medium and long term for the shipyard and its workers.
“We are extremely proud to contribute to the success of this project as a key player in reviving the Naval Center of Bas-Caraquet. We consolidate our position as one of the largest providers of marine solutions in Eastern Canada”, notes Mr. Jacques Tanguay, First Vice President and General Manager of Ocean.
The upgrading of the shipyard is progressing well and to quickly initiate the revival of the latter, Ocean has already made several hires including welders, fitters, production foreman and naval architecture technician. During these works, some of them were able to work at Ocean Industries shipyard in Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, where they familiarized themselves with Ocean’s working methods.
Many jobs are still available in Bas-Caraquet; interviews are ongoing to fill the 57 to 77 jobs in the Acadian Peninsula.
Ocean will begin the construction, in the coming months, of the first 200-foot section of a floating dry dock. Ultimately, with its three sections, it will reach 422 feet in length and have a lifting capacity of almost 8,150 metric tons.