Richard Gravel Vice President Government Programs at Heddle Shipyards

Richard (Rich) Gravel joined Heddle Shipyards in October 2022 in the role of Vice President of Government Programs. Prior to this, Rich was a senior naval officer as a Maritime Engineer, having completed a 35-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN); he retired at navy Captain rank in 2014. After his retirement from the … Continued

Heddle’s Support of Humanitarian Efforts in Ukraine

As the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine worsens, we are working diligently to support the people who have been impacted by the war. You can now visit the Ukraine Humanitarian Info section on our website which is dedicated to sharing information so that individuals and businesses can help. We are proud to announce that, our Board … Continued


Heddle Shipyards is proud to announce that all three of our Ontario Shipyards are fully booked for the 2022 winter works season.  Despite the new wave of pandemic restrictions and supply chain challenges, Heddle Shipyards continues to forge ahead with another busy winter. We continue to make excellent progress at the Port Weller Dry Docks … Continued

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.  Once the premier shipbuilding facility in Canada, the St. Catharines Shipyard employed upwards of 2000 people during peak operation.  The CCGS … Continued

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. (“Heddle NL”), in order to focus on our long-term strategy of strengthening and growing our shipyards on the Great Lakes. Heddle NL has been sold to Mr. Dennis Thorne and has subsequently been rebranded as Cactus Ship Repair … Continued