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Heddle Shipyards operates the largest number of shipyards and dry docks in Canada. We have been in continuous operation since 1987 and we are expanding.

Mettle (met·tle) is defined in the dictionary as “the ability to meet a challenge or persevere under demanding circumstances; determination or resolve.” What we do is not easy, but we employ a crew of hard-working men and women that have the mettle to do what needs to be done to solve our clients’ challenges.



Health and Safety

Safety is Heddle Shipyards’ most important project every day.

Our corporate values reflect the importance of our employees’ safety and their wellbeing: Everyone goes home to their families at the end of their shift – EVERYONE GOES HOME. Period.

Over the years, Heddle Shipyards has proven that they are always there to do the job when needed—and do it right as well. They’re always willing to accept any challenge we propose. I first worked with them in 2004 as chief engineer of MT Véga Desgagnés during a one-month dry docking at their installation in Hamilton. During the vessel stay at their premise, they did all the work we requested but most importantly, they did it at a competitive price and on time. 

It is without hesitation that I recommend them to anyone needing their expertise to do repair on time and on budget and done right. They are experienced and will accept any challenge.

Sylvain Trembley, Desgagnes, Vessel Superintendant

About Us

Heddle Shipyards employs hard working Canadians who have the knowledge, experience and mettle to service our clients. Our goal is to become known as the most reliable provider of ship repair services in Canada and a meaningful partner in the shipbuilding industry.

Heddle Shipyards has operated shipyards in Canada for over 30 years. Our success is based on our commitment to safety, hard work and innovative thinking. With facilities across the Great Lakes and East Coast, Heddle Shipyards is on course to be recognized as the most reliable provider of ship repair services in Canada. We strive to exceed industry standards for quality, health and safety and build meaningful and consistent relationships with our customers, suppliers, partners and employees.



Heddle Shipyards utilizes a combination of highly skilled people and unique equipment/assets to provide Vessel Lifecycle Services, specialized Heavy Industrial Fabrication Services and Project Support Services.

Founded in 1987, Heddle Shipyards is a leading ship repair and heavy industrial fabrication service provider. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, the company operates three major shipyards on the Canadian side of Great Lakes and several facilities on the East Coast of Canada. 


We currently employ between 100 and 250 skilled tradespeople depending on the season. We are growing and continuing to hire at all levels.

Latest News

Heddle Shipyards awarded the CCGS Amundsen Vessel Life Extension

Heddle Shipyards has been awarded the vessel life extension of the Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker, the CCGS Amundsen ushering in a new era of growth and stability for the storied Port Weller Dry Docks.

Heddle Continues to Strengthen Core Business on the Great Lakes

Heddle Shipyards has divested from our operating entity on the East Coast, Heddle Marine Service (NL) Inc.


Thunder Bay Shipyard Secures the Dry Docking and Refit of the MS Chi-Cheemaun

It was a summer of progress and excitement for the Heddle Shipyards and Fabmar Metals team in Thunder Bay.

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Heddle Shipyards strives to be a preferred employer in each of the communities where we have operations.

We are building a workplace culture on the foundation of employee engagement and satisfaction. We understand that employees want to be valued, respected and heard.