Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned engineering, R&D and operational solutions firm, is part of the team awarded an $8 Billion contract to construct non-combat-oriented vessels under Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). Working with team lead Seaspan Marine Corp., Alion will provide ship design and engineering through its wholly owned subsidiary, Alion Canada of Ottawa, Ontario.
Under the contract, the team will design and construct vessels that address Canada's long-range plans for non-combatant vessels. These include the Joint Support Ship, the Polar Icebreaker, the Offshore Oceanographic Support Vessel, and the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels.
NSPS was devised as a long-term solution to develop Canada's maritime capabilities. The award is based on a 30-year roadmap for the development of new ship platforms. A second award covers the design and production needs for the country's military vessels.
"NSPS is intended to provide enhanced security for our Canadian neighbors, which will also benefit us here in the U.S. and throughout the Western hemisphere. In addition, these programs will create thousands of new jobs, providing a boost to the global economy," remarked Bahman Atefi, Chairman and CEO of Alion. "This is a proud moment for Alion and our partners, and we are ready to begin."
"These new platforms are critical to meeting Canada's evolving requirements, from anti-terrorism strategies and curbing illegal activities to polar icebreaking and environmental research," explained Vice Adm. Scott Fry (USN, Ret.), Alion Sr. Vice President and Manager of the company's Engineering and Integration Solutions Sector. "Our naval architects, marine engineers and technical experts have the skills and experience to help ensure that these new ships are produced to meet Canada's requirements."