Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada has taken steps towards construction of an offshore oceanographic science vessel (OOSV). A contract of $453.8 million has been awarded to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards for design to full construction. Construction of the OOSV will begin in spring 2021, with delivery expected in 2024. The OOSV will replace the CCGS Hudson, the Canadian Coast Guard’s oldest and largest science vessel. The vessel will be capable of performing multiple tasks, including oceanographic, geological and hydrographic survey missions. This work will contribute to Canada’s understanding of oceans and the impacts of climate change.