COS Weekly Newsletter
Canadian Government highlights recent contract for construction of Joint Support Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy
The Government of Canada is calling attention to the importance of two recent contracts awarded for the full construction of Canada’s two new Joint Support Ships (JSS) to both the RCN and to the Canadian economy. Valued at $2.4 billion. This contract supports the ongoing construction of the ship’s early blocks, which began in June 2018, as well as construction of the newly designed blocks for the remainder of the ships. Work on these ships will create an estimated 1,000 jobs across Canada. The vessels will ensure that the RCN is well equipped for the future by being able to provide at-sea replenishment and supporting critical humanitarian and disaster-relief missions, both at home and abroad. The first new JSS, the future HMCS Protecteur, is expected to be delivered in 2023, followed by the second JSS, HMCS Preserver, in 2025.
Congress is moving forward on passing legislation that would fund major navigational projects at the ports of Houston and New York and New Jersey. The new water resources legislation could also give ports back a larger share of the import taxes they collect on containers so they can use it for infrastructure maintenance. Assuming the legislation is approved by the full chambers, Senate and House leaders could begin hashing out a final bill to send to the president as soon as this fall.
July 29 - COS Operations Committee Meeting
Aug 3 - COS Office Closed Civic Holiday
Aug 5 - COS Board of Directors Meeting
Ship of the Week
The construction of the new Oasis-class cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas, by French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique has been delayed due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the shipbuilder’s operation. Delivery of the ship is expected to take place once the pandemic is brought under control. The vessel was originally scheduled to debut in 2021 in Shanghai, China, as the world’s largest cruise ship. Wonder of the Seas is the third ship from the class to be built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique following the delivery of the Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas in 2016 and 2018 respectively. It is the fifth Oasis-class ship in total.
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