Seaspan Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Its Victoria Shipyard

A 20-foot shipping container, as seen at Seaspan’s Victoria, B.C. facility in 1994. Photo: Seaspan.

British Columbia-based ship design, engineering, building and ship repair Seaspan announced April 25 that it has reached a significant milestone: the 30th anniversary of its Victoria Shipyard.

Since its founding in 1994, the yard has grown from a team of five and one 20-foot shipping container into a major ship repair and modernization facility with an 800-person workforce.

“Our workforce is the heart of our business and will always be the root of our success,” Seaspan Victoria Shipyards General Manager and Vice President Tony Winter said. “Together, we stand on the values and culture that was built 30 years ago: we continue to focus on customer relationships, quality work, timely delivery and continuous improvement.”

Over the last 30 years, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards has repaired 477 vessels in the drydock, including Royal Canadian Navy vessels, cruise ships, ferries, foreign navy vessels and other ships, the company said.

It also lends its expertise to the Royal Canadian Navy frigate and submarine maintenance programs.

In the last 12 years, according to a study by audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services company Deloitte, Victoria Shipyards has contributed $1.72 billion to Canada’s GDP.

By Karen Robes Meeks