The Northern Transportation Company Ltd. says work the company did on two coast guard vessels kept its Hay River, N.W.T., shipyard running over the winter.

The federal government contract for work on the Dumit and the Eckaloo brought in more than $2 million. 

"We provided employment for our people, not entirely, but for a goodly number of people in what is historically an off-season for us," said shipyard manager Jim Walker.

"So I think everybody enjoyed that experience and it was a successful contract."

The contract is part of a 10-year nationwide plan to extend the lifespan of several coast guard vessels.

NTCL says it plans to bid on the next contract to refit the two ships. Walker says the multi-million-dollar contract could create between 15 and 20 jobs.