Nova Scotia media outlets are reporting that R.J. MacIsaac Construction of Antigonish, NS. has won a $39 million contract to dispose of HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur. Both ships are now paid off/decommissioned and at CFB Esquimalt, BC.
The plan is to tow the vessels to the east coast where they will be dismantled. The operation will involve towing the ships through the Panama Canal, according to officials. No details were available through Defence Watch on the exact cost to tow the ships from the west coast to the east coast.
Christopher Clarke, mayor of Queens Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia where much of the work is expected to be done, told Halifax’s Chronicle Herald that HMCS Protecteur will arrive on the east coast around April 1. HMCS Algonquin will arrive in early July to be dismantled, according to government officials.