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New offshore fisheries science ship under construction in North Vancouver

Construction has started at North Vancouver shipyard on one of three new fisheries ships for the Canadian Coast Guard.

The CCGS Sir John Franklin will be one of three new fisheries science vessels built at the Seaspan shipyards

Construction has started at the North Vancouver shipyards on the first of three offshore fisheries science vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. (Farrah Merali/CBC)

Construction has started at the North Vancouver shipyard on one of three new fisheries ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, the federal government announced on Wednesday morning.

The new offshore fisheries science vessel, which will be named the CCGS Sir John Franklin after the British explorer, is expected to be completed by the spring of 2017.

The contract for delivery of the three ships has a ceiling of $514 million, according to a statement released by the government on Wednesday, but the overall project budget including spare parts, support and contingencies is $687 million.

Franklin's ship the HMS Erebus was found last year, nearly 200 years after it was lost in the Arctic while searching for the Northwest Passage.

Other vessels to be built at Seaspan's North Vancouver shipyards as part of the national shipbuilding program include an offshore oceanographic science vessel, joint support ships, a polar icebreaker, medium endurance multi-tasked vessels and offshore patrol vessels.

With files from Farrah Merali

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