Media and Press Releases

Here you’ll find a some of the press coverage our projects have received as well as news releases from RJMI Construction.

NEWS RELEASE – Protecteur arrives; R.J. MacIsaac Construction prepares to recycle former navy vessel

 

Protecteur arrives (2)

Friday, April 22, 2016
Brooklyn, N.S. – The former navy supply ship, HMCS Protecteur, arrived this morning (April
22nd) in Liverpool harbour to be dismantled and recycled by R.J. MacIsaac Construction Ltd.

The 550-foot Protecteur tied up to the dock at the Port Mersey Commercial Park at about 9 A.M.,
ending a two-month, 7,600 nautical mile journey that began in Esquimalt, B.C. Next month, the
former destroyer HMCS Algonquin will be towed the same route, expected to arrive here in July to be
dismantled by the R.J. MacIsaac Construction team.

“We are really pleased to have the Protecteur here in Nova Scotia and have things go smoothly,”
says Boyd MacIsaac, President of R.J. MacIsaac Construction. “It’s a great reflection of our team
and our partners here to show that we can do this kind of challenging work right here in Nova
Scotia.”

With the Protecteur docked, the work begins to remediate the ship, decommission its military
equipment, and dismantle all remaining material. The work on the Protecteur and the Algonquin is
expected to take about two years and employ about 50 full-time workers on-site. The project is
being done at the Port Mersey Commercial Park, site of the former Bowater Mersey plant.

R.J. MacIsaac Construction 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.

R.J. MacIsaac Construction has 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 Construction 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, sub-sea pipelines and cables to underwater drilling and blasting.
For more: http://www.rjmacisaac.ca/

Contact:

Hugh Fraser
Hugh@fraserandsons.biz
902-240-2264

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

NEWS RELEASE
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.
For more: http://www.rjmacisaac.ca/

Contact:
Hugh Fraser
Hugh@fraserandsons.biz
902-240-2264

CBRM Councillor Applauds Antigonish Company For Removing Wreck

“The Cape Breton municipal Councillor responsible for the Main a Dieu area is giving a thumbs up to an Antigonish company.  The final piece from the wreck of the M-V Miner has been removed.  R-J MacIsaac Construction was awarded a 12-million-dollar contract for the project. The 12-thousand-tonne vessel was being towed to Turkey in September 2011 when its tow line broke. 

Councillor Kevin Saccary says the company had its hands full, but they did a good job on and off the job site.”

Listen to the Radio Interview Here

Via 98.9 XFM Antigonish