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The STV Pathfinder, a 72-foot Vintage Vessel Recommissioned at Heddle Shipyards

On Thursday, July 9th, 2022, Hamilton’s 176th birthday, Heddle Shipyards was honoured to host the recommissioning ceremony of the STV Pathfinder, a legacy sail training vessel operated by Brigs Youth Sail Training.


In November of 2021, Heddle Shipyards was awarded the new build contract for the Simcoe Islander II Cable ferry for the Frontenac township, and we are thrilled to report that construction is well underway at our Hamilton Shipyard.

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.

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Heddle Shipyards is proud to announce that all three of our Ontario Shipyards are fully booked for the 2022 winter works season.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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Redelivery of the MV CSL Niagara, MV CSL Assiniboine and the MV CS Laurentien

             Now that the 2020/2021 winter works season has drawn to a close, it is important to reflect upon Heddle Shipyards’ achievements over the past year and the people who helped make them possible.

Busiest Winter at the Port Weller Dry Docks in Over a Decade

            For decades, the Port Weller Dry Docks in St.

Raising of the Flags

Dating back to the days of fighting sail, the maritime community has always maintained our deep-seated traditions.

Thank You, Gary!

Since March, we have all had to adjust our way of life because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you Alexandra

Over the last three months, we have all faced challenges dealing with an unprecedented global pandemic.

Georgian College Students and Members of the Marine Club Visit Heddle Shipyards

It is no secret that both the shipping and ship repair industry in Canada face an uphill battle when it comes to attracting skilled men and women to our industry.

The Port Weller Dry Docks has a Bright Future

Take a drive down Lakeshore Road towards Lock One on the Welland Canal, and you will be greeted by sight not seen since in many years.

25 years of services

Heddle Shipyards has come a long way in the thirty plus years that we have been in business.

M.V Clearwater conversion

As a busy summer draws to a close and the preparations for winter works begin to take place, Heddle Shipyards is looking forward to an active fall with a number of large and exciting project on the horizon.

New build ice breaking hull completed at Heddle Shipyards Hamilton yard

It was with great pride that on June 4th, Heddle Shipyards delivered its most recent new build project, the Kearl Lake small ice breaking hull.

Expansion of project management team with the hiring of Alicia Nash

As Heddle Shipyards continues to grow and take on bigger and more complex projects, the building up of our project management department has become an increasing priority.

Heddle Shipyards awarded major refit of the CCGS Pierre Radisson

Normally with winter works having long finished and most of our commercial partners firing on all cylinders, the action around the shipyards starts to taper off.

In an effort to support the humanitarian efforts in Ukrainian, we have created a dedicated webpage as a resource for Canadian businesses that would like to help. We will update the webpage daily. We are also developing a plan to support refugees and will share all of the information as we gather it. To access the webpage please go to our