Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Project Resolve: Asterix to Salvage Parts from HMCS Protecteur

This is a follow-up to my previous post on Project Resolve.
below is an article written by David Pugliese for Defence Watch.

The Following Article was written by DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN

The Asterix, the commercial ship purchased by Davie for Project Resolve is on its way to Canada. Resolve will provide an interim AOR capability to the Royal Canadian Navy because of the delay in acquiring the Joint Support Ships (estimated time of arrival for the navy on the first JSS is 2020, 2021 for the second).

Davie and its team will refurbish Asterix into a refueling/resupply vessel and then provide this service to the RCN under a lease agreement.

Work is still being done on the final proposal and that still needs Treasury Board approval.

When will that approval happen?

It is unclear at this point.

Davie has received some initial money from the government but that runs out later this year.

The Canadian government will have to decide on a five or seven-year lease for the provision of such services.

The ship will arrive at Aecon’s Pictou, Nova Scotia shipyard where Project Resolve engineers will do some initial work, sources have told Defence Watch.

From there it will be sent to Davie yards in Quebec– the plan is to make sure the ship reaches there before winter sets in.

The ship will be later transferred to the West Coast so the replenishment at sea (RAS) system from HMCS Protecteur can be installed, sources told Defence Watch. The RAS system was not damaged in the 2014 fire that led to the decommissioning of Protecteur. Sea trials on the refurbished Asterix will be done on the West Coast.

Davie hopes the whole process will take about 15 months from the date a contract is signed.