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

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
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.
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Hugh Fraser