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

Port Weller Dry Docks Booked for Another Winter

We are proud to announce that the Port Weller Dry Docks will be full for another busy winter work period with two Seaway max lakers. As summer winds down, vacations come to an end, and kids prepare for the coming school year, winter is the last thing anyone wants to think about.  But at Heddle … Continued

The Definition of Mettle

Anyone who has worked in the ship repair and construction industry in Ontario will tell you our industry is not for the faint of heart.  From minus 40 below zero in the winter to plus 37 degrees centigrade in the summer and everything in between, our people earn their living in harsh environments while performing … Continued

Revitalizing the Port Weller Dry Docks

After the busiest winter works period at the Port Weller Dry Docks in the past decade, it is important to reflect on how we got here and where we came from.  When the docks are flooded, the gates opened, and the vessels sail away after a winter in the shipyard, it is easy to forget … Continued