Renowned engineering excellence

Bronswerk Marine joins Seaspan Shipyards in celebrating the launch of the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel

Montreal (QC) – Bronswerk Group, a leading provider of complete Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Solutions (HVAC-R) for the merchant marine, military and offshore industries, is celebrating the launch of the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).

Geoff Maitland, President – Bronswerk Group, announced today, “Bronswerk is very proud to be a key partner with Seaspan Shipyard, the Canadian Government and the Canadian Coast Guard. Not only have we have collectively launched the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV), we are the first out of the block with the very first of the large National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS’) ships”.

“This first of class vessel is not only a remarkable achievement because it is the first large non-combat ship to be built but more importantly it clearly demonstrates Canada’s domestic shipbuilding strengths and capabilities” says Mr. Maitland.

As a key supplier to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards, Bronswerk was awarded a contract worth more than $12.7M in 2015 for the design review, the manufacturing and the installation of the marine grade HVAC-R systems and equipment the OFSVs.

“Seaspan Shipyards is proud to work with suppliers like Bronswerk in building the next generation of ships for Canada,” said Brian Carter, President & CEO of Seaspan Shipyards. “Through our work on the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards is helping to employ Canadians from coast to coast to coast while creating a sustainable shipbuilding industry here in Canada.”

A tangible and lasting impact

The design review, the manufacturing and procurement of the HVAC-R system equipment and components were carried out at Bronswerk’s head office in Brossard, Quebec. The production engineering, installation, system integration and testing were performed by Bronswerk’s newest facility located in Vancouver. Direct investments resulting from Seaspan Shipyards’ contract with Bronswerk was distributed between Montreal and Vancouver, with the creation of fourteen permanent and highly skilled positions and investments of almost three-quarter of a million dollars in Bronswerk’s facilities in Vancouver.

New fan coil units with low profile, low noise and high capacity as well as compact marine duct pre-heaters were developed by Bronwerk’s head office in Montreal. These products were designed and made in Quebec.

As part of the $12.7M contract awarded to Bronswerk, over 97% is being spent in Canada to create and support jobs as well as procure, design and manufacture equipment in both Quebec and BC.

On the path of international expansion

In 2013 to early 2015 Bronswerk conducted extensive research and development on two types of chillers with both the combatant and non-combatant ships in mind. These efforts helped to better position the company as a prime partner for the NSS project.

Since the first contracts have been awarded, Bronswerk has grown its Canadian operations by more than 25% including its two new facilities located in the shipbuilding epicenters of Halifax and Vancouver. The installation work for OFSV was performed by its branch in Vancouver which was inaugurated in early 2016 specifically for the NSS.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy has also acted as a catalyst for more international exposure as the HVAC-R leader. Bronswerk is pursuing several export opportunities; the Turkish Navy has already placed orders for the new shock tested Navy Chiller and just recently they also awarded Bronswerk the supply and manufacture of all HVAC-R equipment including an NBC system for their new Training & Testing Ship. There is also strong interest from the UK, Australia and the Netherlands for equipment and engineering services for their shipbuilding programs. This breadth of experience has enabled Bronswerk to build a knowledge-based company whose service offering includes full HVAC, NBC & Refrigeration systems design, system integration and equipment manufacturing which is very unusual in this industry.

The long-term and predictable nature of the National Shipbuilding Strategy enables companies like Bronswerk to make significant and planned investments in their people, processes, and facilities making their business more competitive for future opportunities in Canada, and around the world.

Bronswerk’s team at Seaspan Shipyards

About Bronswerk Group

Bronswerk Onboard Climate Engineering®, headquartered in Brossard, Quebec, Canada, is a premier global provider of complete marine HVAC-R solutions for the merchant marine, military and offshore industries. Bronswerk customized HVAC-R solutions are designed to meet the individual needs of its clients, from conception to manufacture and after-sales service. We specialize in environmentally friendly systems that are engineered to perform in the most complex sea environments and comply with the highest international standards. Through our innovative, team-oriented approach, Bronswerk delivers HVAC-R solutions in a timely manner and at a competitive price. Bronswerk is an accredited ISO 9001: 2008 and our systems comply with all marine regulatory body requirements (Lloyds, DNV, RINA, ABS, Germanic Lloyds, etc.).

About Seaspan Shipyards

With strategic locations in the Pacific Northwest region, Seaspan Shipyards is Canada’s West Coast centre of excellence for shipbuilding and ship repair. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce, the company has proven itself to be a reliable partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.

As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen Non-Combat Shipbuilder. In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.

Media Contacts:

For Bronswerk Group
Nathalie Rivest
Director, Human Resources and Marketing
450.659.6571 ext.278

Seaspan ULC
Nicholas Insley
Manager, Public Affairs
Seaspan Shipyards