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Final Cost of OOSV almost nine times the original
Team Sea and Coast | 23/02/2021
Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards is awarded the contract of designing and full construction of the ‘offshore oceanographic science vessel’. The cost of building the OOSV for the federal government, originally fixed at $108 million has ballooned to almost $1 billion, as of February 18, 2021.
 Mr. Barre Campbell, spokesperson for Fisheries and the Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, noted in an email that the expenditure has been reviewed by independent experts and estimated project cost has been updated to show the value of negotiated contracts and actual costs incurred.  
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards is building up to 16 multi-purpose vessels for CCG along with two joint support ships for the Royal Canadian Navy.
The new OOSV will replace the CCGS Hudson. It will be capable of oceanographic, fishery, geological and hydrographic survey missions and will serve the Canadian government's oceanographic scientific research needs for the next 30 years. It will be full-fledged to perform Search and Rescue and help us understand the impact of climate change on oceans. The construction will begin in spring, 2021 with the expected delivery in 2024. This will create job opportunities for shipyard workers as well as suppliers.
 
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