$4M Canadian Coast Guard ship refit months behind schedule

A $4-million refit of the Canadian government ocean science research ship Hudson is months behind schedule in a Hamilton, Ont., shipyard.

Heddle Marine was supposed to complete dry dock maintenance on the venerable Canadian Coast Guard ship in May.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans will not explain the cause of what it calls "these unforeseeable delays," or when the 54-year-old workhorse will be back in service.

"Projects of this scope experience delays due to a variety of factors, and we are not able to provide further specifics at this time," said coast guard spokesperson Stephen Bornais.

Major overhaul

The Hudson refit included overhauling the superstructure and masts, blasting and recoating the hull, replacing steel and repairing the rudder.

A $4-million refit of the Canadian government ocean science research ship Hudson is months behind schedule in a Hamilton, Ont., shipyard.(Shipspotting Canada CCG/Facebook)

The $4,034,977 contract has been amended twice this spring without any price tag attached. The coast guard said Tuesday the initial costs outlined in the contract with Heddle Marine remain accurate.

Based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova Scotia, Hudson has been in Hamilton since Dec. 19, 2016.

Heddle Marine mum

DFO says it is working with Heddle Marine to finish the job as soon as possible.

Heddle Marine said Monday it has been directed by the coast guard not to answer questions about the Hudson refit.

Based at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Nova ....
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