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Below is a media release issued by RJ MacIsaac Construction Ltd. regarding the arrival time of the ExProtecteur at Port Mersey Commercial Park. It is a very exciting time for our community, and it will be really great to see this business starting up! 



Antigonish’s R.J. MacIsaac to begin disposal of former navy ship

Thursday, April 21, 2016

For Immediate Release

Brooklyn, N.S. – HMCS Protecteur is about to complete her final voyage – a 7,600 nautical mile journey that saw the former Royal Canadian Navy supply ship towed from Esquimalt, B.C., through the Panama Canal, and finally to the Port Mersey Commercial Park near Liverpool, N.S.

The Protecteur, towed by tugboat, is scheduled dockside by noon on Friday, April 22, marking the end of a journey that began on February 24th.

Once the ship is tied up, the team of R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd. will begin the disposal and dismantling process, a project that should take about two years and employ about 50 full-time workers on-site. The work will be done at the Port Mersey Commercial Park, site of the former Bowater Mersey plant.

“This is a tremendous project: challenging, important, and exciting for all of us,” says Boyd MacIsaac, President of R.J. MacIsaac. “Now that the Protecteur is almost here, we look forward to getting at it, hiring more local candidates to join our team and show Nova Scotia skills and ingenuity in action.”

R.J. MacIsaac won the $39-million disposal contract from the Government of Canada on November 27, 2015, following a competitive bidding process with several other Canadian companies. With the Protecteur docked, the work begins to remediate the ship, decommission its military equipment, and dismantle all remaining material.

The $39-million contract also includes the remediation and disposal of another former navy vessel, HMCS Algonquin, a destroyer. The Algonquin will leave Esquimalt in May, towed by tugboat and following the same route to Port Mersey Commercial Park.

R.J. MacIsaac has successfully completed a number of high-profile, diverse marine-based projects recently. Last fall, the MacIsaac team dismantled the MV Miner shipwreck on Scaterie Island, Cape Breton. In the fall of 2014, they were a key player in the successful installation of four sub-sea tidal power cables in the Bay of Fundy near Parrsboro, N.S.

The Protecteur, in service since 1969, was badly damaged by an engine room fire in February 2014.

About the company: Based in Antigonish, N.S., R.J. MacIsaac Ltd. (RJMI) is an innovative contracting company specializing in marine construction projects for more than 40 years. RJMI does everything from dredging to breakwaters, excavation to demolition. It is also an expert in sub-sea pipelines and cables, underwater drilling and blasting.

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