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
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/