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Hepburn Engineering secures JSS contract

By DE Staff   

General Defense

Toronto-based company to provide Replenishment-at-Sea systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Joint Support Ships

Artist rendering of the future Protecteur-class ship replenishing a Canadian vessel at sea. (photo credit: Seaspan ULC)

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) announced it has awarded Hepburn Engineering Inc. a contract for work on Canada’s new Joint Support Ships. Under the terms of the contract, Hepburn will provide four Replenishment Stations for the Joint Support Ships, which will allow the vessels to transfer fuel, fresh water, and solid goods to and from other vessels. The Toronto-based firm has been providing solids, liquids and dual solids/liquids RAS systems to navies worldwide for more than 50 years.

These Replenishment-at-Sea (RAS) systems will be fully compatible with NATO standards, thereby allowing the JSS to resupply and refuel Canadian and allied task force ships at sea, considerably extending their range of operations.

“On behalf of Hepburn Engineering Inc. I am pleased to announce that we will be providing the Replenishment-at-Sea systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Joint Support Ships currently under construction at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards,” said Hepburn Engineering president, John Hepburn. “Hepburn has been the supplier of RAS equipment to the Canadian Navy for more than 50 years. Hepburn is proud to be a 100% Canadian owned and operated company with a reputation for providing quality replenishment systems to navies around the world.”

With its work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan has issued more than $935M in committed contracts to approximately 630 Canadian companies. Seaspan operates three yards with a combined workforce of over 2,300 people across its yards in North Vancouver & Victoria.



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