More jobs coming to Thales in Ottawa after Seaspan deal

A new $35-million agreement between Thales in Canada and Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will mean more jobs at the Thales Ottawa maritime lab, a company vice-president said Thursday.

The deal will see Thales provide the electronic systems for the construction of the Canadian Coast Guard’s three offshore fisheries science vessels under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

“The (offshore fisheries science vessels) project is a great opportunity for Thales to secure high-skilled jobs both at our facilities in Ottawa and within our team at Vancouver Shipyards,” Thales vice-president of defence mission systems Dale Potter said in a statement.

“The work our team is doing in our new maritime lab in Ottawa embodies our value proposition as an innovative systems integrator.”

The maritime lab, which opened last December, will support the integration of its electronic systems in the Coast Guard vessels, and the company said it will be used in future projects that will make the company more competitive in Canada and throughout the world.

Thales will use the “steady stream of stable revenue” the deal will provide to improve the efficiency of its systems in all coast guard and navy vessels, the company said.