For proof that Chantier Davie has climbed back from the pit of banruptcy, look no further than this week’s Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Awards 2015.
At a ceremony in Houston on Wednesday, the rejuvinated Lévis, Quebec company was voted North American Shipyard of the Year.
The prestigious award was granted by a panel of judges that included chairmen and presidents of the marine industry’s leading governing bodies and trade associations. Davie edge out General Dynamics NASSCO, the U.S. naval shipbuilder, in the final.
Shipyards in both Canada and the U.S. were evaluated on their “ability to deliver quality vessels on time, to meet the needs of all stakeholders and to showcase innovative designs while adhering to high environmental standards,” according to a news release.
“I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the men and women of Davie shipbuilding,” Alan Bowen, Davie’s CEO, said in an acceptance speech. “Over the past two years, Davie has sealed its place in the global specialized shipbuilding, ship repair and ship upgrade markets. During the past few years, our world-class management team has invested significantly in new systems and new equipment. In 2014 we delivered the most complex commercial vessel ever built in North America and later this year we shall be delivering the first LNG-fuelled ferries to be built on the continent.”
For an interview with Davie vice president John Schmidt, see: https://vanguardcanada.com//davie-redux-venerable-shipyard-rebuilds-on-innovation-and-partnerships/