Irving to hire nearly 150 workers for new contracts at Halifax Shipyard

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HALIFAX - Irving Shipbuilding has announced it has won two new contracts that will lead to about 140 new jobs at the Halifax Shipyard.

Workers clear land at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013in preparation for $300 million in renovations to start building a new fleet of navy ships.

A release from the company states the container ship MV Oceanex Sanderling will arrive at the Shipyard’s Nova Dock in October for maintenance and repairs. The work will take about two weeks and require about 90 employees.

The passenger ferry MV Holiday Island is expected to arrive at the Nova Dock in November for two weeks of repairs and maintenance. About 50 people are expected to be hired.

Irving officials said in August some of the approximately 900 workers at the Halifax Shipyard would have to be laid off until work on a federal contract for new navy vessels begins in 2015. The company said it hoped to mitigate the layoffs by securing new commercial contracts.

Geographic location: MV Holiday Island

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  • chuck
    September 24, 2013 - 07:49

    having 15 years in the yard I sometimes gotta laugh at the news reports-WOW 150"new jobs" at the yard what a headline-but you missed the BIG picture-on the books are about 960 persons, hiring back 150-while good for some does NOTHING for the other 800 or so home on UI-what is worse is that when the callback comes, many many workers will pass on it as it will impact their regular UI claims for a measly 2 weeks of work or so, if that for some, NO NEWS HERE-oh don't forget for every apprentice at the yard, we the TAXPAYER pay for half $6.00 of their $12 PHR wages letting Irving off the hook once again -Gee Darrell most won't miss you when you are gone!!