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