The federal government has awarded a contract for full construction of a pair of joint support ships to be built at the company’s North Shore facility. Seaspan has committed to investing 100% of the value into the Canadian economy as part of its contract. The design contract for the vessels was awarded in February 2017 and construction of the early blocks of the first ship began in June 2018. Construction of the second ship begin once the first ship has been completed. The first ship, the HMCS Protecteur, will be the largest naval ship by length ever built in Canada at a length of 173.7 metres. The support ships will deliver fuel and other vital supplies to other vessels at seas, while also offering medical and dental services as well as facilitate helicopter maintenance. The two ships are expected to be delivered in 2023 and 2025, respectively.