Seaspan Shipyards completes prototype for icebreaker build

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Seaspan Shipyards has completed construction of the prototype block for the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) Polar Icebreaker program. Construction of this prototype block ensures that Seaspan has the proper processes, procedures, equipment, and skills necessary to build the first heavy Polar Icebreaker in Canada in more than 60 years. The prototype block has been developed to ensure production teams are fully prepared to cut the thicker steel needed for the Polar Icebreaker in late 2024. This steel is twice as thick in some areas as the steel Seaspan has used for the other ships and is more challenging to work with combined with the tight frame spaces to support icebreaking capabilities.

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