As part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Program, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., headquartered in Halifax, has inked a pivotal contract with global logistics powerhouse GEODIS. The agreement, announced recently from GEODIS’ headquarters in Levallois Perret, France, marks a significant milestone in Canada’s maritime revitalization efforts.

“GEODIS was selected based on its global presence and industry-leading logistics capabilities, combined with a commitment to engage with local companies to provide this critical service. Accordingly, this contract helps Irving Shipbuilding fulfill its Industrial Technological Benefits obligations under the Canadian Government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy,” explained Michael Snow, Irving Shipbuilding’s Director of Supply Chain.

Under the terms of the contract, GEODIS will spearhead inbound logistics services catering to ship construction and repair projects across ISI’s facilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This partnership signifies a crucial step forward in streamlining the supply chain for three pivotal shipbuilding initiatives: the Canadian Surface Combatant, Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, and Halifax Class Frigate Repair Contracts.

Leading the charge on the ground will be GEODIS’ Project Logistics team in Canada, reinforced by the company’s extensive global network. Leveraging GEODIS’ proprietary IT systems, ISI is poised to attain comprehensive asset visibility throughout its supply chain, ensuring seamless operations and timely deliveries.

“With our extensive experience in the defense and marine logistics sectors, we were able to provide a tailor-made solution focused on very specific client and governmental requirements, in a zero-harm environment,” said Luke Mace, GEODIS, Senior Vice President of Project Logistics. “We are very excited to be working with Irving Shipbuilding, a company that has constructed over 80% of Canada’s Navy at sea and we look forward to continuing to build our presence in Canada through this partnership.”

At the heart of this collaboration lies the Canadian Government’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, designed to harness defence and Canadian Coast Guard procurements for the greater good of the nation. Aligned with these objectives, the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) charts a course to rejuvenate Canadian shipyards, fortify the Canadian Naval industrial base, rejuvenate Canada’s fleet, and foster employment opportunities.

Irving Shipbuilding’s steadfast commitment to these policies underscores its pivotal role in shaping the future of Canada’s maritime landscape. By partnering with GEODIS, ISI not only reinforces its dedication to excellence but also propels Canada closer to its maritime aspirations, fostering innovation, economic growth, and job creation nationwide.