Kingston boat manufacturer wins $7.2M Coast Guard contract

Coast Guard hull

A Kingston manufacturer is one of three companies to be awarded federal government contracts to supply 48 new barges to the Canadian Coast Guard.

MetalCraft Marine Inc. has won a deal worth $7.2 million to build 13 barges of 20 cubic metres and 11 barges of 40 cubic metres, Public Services and Procurement Canada said Thursday.

The Coast Guard will use the vessels to respond to marine pollution incidents, including oil recovery. In a news release, the government said the hard-shell barges will provide “safe temporary storage of hydrocarbon oils and oily waste recovered from an oil spill.” 

All barges are expected to be delivered before March 31, 2022. The investments are part of the federal government’s $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan launched in 2016.