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Sea Span, Updating New Zealand’s Frigates

Bio: Joseph O’Rourke joined Seaspan Shipyards as Vice President and General Manager – Victoria Shipyards (VSL) in February 2015, bringing with him almost 30 years of experience in positions of leadership and senior management across diverse sectors of the North American marine transportation industry. Most recently, Joe worked as Senior Vice President – Business Development at Vigor Industrial LLC in Portland, Oregon. He has accumulated nearly three decades of ship repair and shipbuilding experience in several different yards on the West Coast, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Francisco. In addition, he has also worked with, and served a wide customer base, such as the US Navy and affiliates, cruise ships and commercial vessels, as well as all other maritime service ships, and was part of, or led aggressive growth and acquisition efforts for both BAE Systems as well as Vigor.

In the role of Vice President and General Manager – Victoria Shipyards, Joe is responsible for providing leadership to VSL as well as the profitable, productive and safe operation of the business. In addition, he is accountable for customer satisfaction with all ship repair conversion and repair activities performed in Victoria, as well as business development activities.



HMNZS Te Mana arriving at CFB Esquimalt in March 2019

Abstract: HMNZS Te Kaha is undergoing extensive upgrades to its surveillance, combat and self-defense capabilities. This will allow it to match current and future threats and address the obsolescence of some of the frigates’ current systems. The project builds on VSL’s highly successful subcontract work with Lockheed Martin Canada and the Halifax class modernization project which is nearing completion both on time and on budget. The opportunity to work on a foreign warship is rare in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. The project represents the first time that a foreign warship is to undergo modernization in Canada since the Second World War.

“This contract is a significant achievement for B.C.’s industrial marine sector and demonstrates the world-class capabilities of our marine companies and the men and women employed by them,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology. “I would like to congratulate Lockheed Martin Canada and Seaspan Shipyards on this important milestone, which again proves that B.C. firms are among the best in the world.”

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Event Date 02-07-2020 11:30 am
Event End Date 02-07-2020 2:00 pm
Capacity 60
Individual Price $25
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
1975 Bee St, Victoria, BC V8R 5E6, Canada Victoria, BC V8R 5E6 Canada
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
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