|Founded||1825 - as Davie shipyard
1850 - George T. Davie & Sons
1914 - Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing
1985 - Versatile Davie Incorporated
1986 - MIL Davie Shipbuilding
2000 - Industries Davie, Limited
2006 - Davie Yards Incorporated
2011 - Chantier Davie Canada Inc.
|Headquarters||Lauzon, Quebec, Canada|
|Products||Ferries, Naval vessels, Icebreakers, Offshore|
|Owner(s)||ZM Industries Inc.|
The Davie shipyard in Lauzon has a complex ownership history.
The Davie shipyard was founded in 1825 by Allison Davie (May 4, 1796-June 1836), an English ship captain, however the construction record only dates to 1897. The company was established on the south shore of the St Lawrence River across from Quebec City in the community of Lauzon, Quebec (now part of the city of Levis, Quebec). Davie's father in-law, George Taylor, had begun a shipbuilding business in 1811 and Davie apparently purchased those assets as well. Following Allison Davie's death, the company was headed by his wife Elizabeth Davie until 1850, when his son George Taylor Davie (d. 1870) as "George T. Davie & Sons". It changed its name in 1914 to "Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing." The Davie family sold the shipyard to Canada Steamship Lines in 1929, however, they also started another "George T. Davie shipyard" immediately next door to the larger Lauzon facility.
The company has built a wide range of vessels in the 1800s and first half of the 20th century, ranging from wooden sailing vessels and steamers to modern steel ships. During World War II, Davie built 35 warships (mine sweepers, corvettes and destroyers).
By the 1970s, Canada Steamship Lines was owned by Power Corporation and in a 1976 restructuring, it sold the Davie yard to Societé de Construction Navale (Soconav) which was established by former employees of Marine Industries Ltd with financial backing of the Quebec provincial government's Societé Générale de Financement. In 1981 the Davie shipyard was sold to Dome Petroleum and in 1985 it was sold to Versatile Corporation which changed the name of the shipyard to "Versatile Davie Incorporated".
In the 1970s to 1980s the Davie yard built oil rigs and some warships however after CSL ended its ownership the company began to fail. By the 1980s, the company was in financial trouble and was bailed out by both the provincial and federal governments. In 1986 the federal government asked Quebec to rationalize its shipyards, which saw Marine Industries Ltd (MIL) merge with Versatile Davie Inc to become MIL-Davie Shipbuilding. Under this new arrangement, MIL's shipyard in Sorel, Quebec was called "M.I.L. Tracy" (for Tracy, Quebec, a neighbourhood of Sorel) and the former Davie yard in Lauzon was called "M.I.L. Lauzon." Shortly after the merger, the new company, MIL Davie Shipbuilding closed the Sorel shipyard along with the Versatile Vickers shipyard in Montreal, resulting in a total loss of 1,700 jobs but kept the Lauzon yard open as it was working on building two large vessels for Marine Atlantic as well as three warships for the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project.
After the warship project was finished in the early 1990s, MIL-Davie Shipbuilding, along with the Davie yard in Lauzon went into receivership. After being bought by the Quebec government, Davie was sold to Dominion Bridge Company for $1. In 1998, the parent Dominion Bridge Company went into bankruptcy and the Davie shipyard went into trusteeship in 1998. It was sold again in 2000 and became "Industries Davie, Ltd". In 2006, the shipyard was sold to TECO Maritime ASA of Norway and was restructured into a new company called Davie Yards Incorporated.
In early 2011, TECO announced that Davie Yards Inc was in receivership and announced a bid by Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani of Italy and Fincantieri subsidiary DRS Technologies Canada to purchase the shipyard from TECO. This deal fell through in July 2011.
After the Fincantieri deal fell through, the yard underwent financial restructuring in July 2011 in order to qualify to bid for a portion of the $40 billion contract known as the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy which will see ships built for the Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Forces and Department of Fisheries and Oceans. This procurement strategy had its bidding deadline extended by 3 weeks specifically to accommodate the Davie restructuring.
As part of the restructuring, Upper Lakes Groups Inc. (owner of Seaway Marine & Industrial Inc.) bought the assets of the bankrupt of Davie Yards Inc.. The Canadian engineering conglomerate SNC-Lavalin, Upper Lakes Groups Inc. and South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) will partner in a joint venture. The new company was born Chantier Davie Canada Inc.
Finally, Davie has not been selected for NSPS. With this failure, DSME declined to join the joint venture. SNC-Lavalin withdrew from the joint venture in May 2012. And finally, Upper Lakes, which was the only owner of the yard, sold to ZM Industries in November 2012. The company keep the same name.
- Iroquois-class destroyer
- Bangor-class minesweeper 1940-1942
- Bay-class minesweeper 1951-1953, 1955-1956
- HMCS Chignecto (MCB 160)
- HMCS Fundy (MCB 159)
- HMCS Gaspe (MCB 143)
- HMCS Trinity (MCB 157)
- HMCS Ungava (MCB 148)
- Flower-class corvette 1940
- River-class frigate 1943-1944
- HMCS Buckingham (K685)
- HMCS Carlplace (K664)
- HMCS Charlottetown (K244)
- HMCS Coaticook (K410)
- HMCS Fort Erie (K670)
- HMCS Hallowell (K666)
- HMCS Inch Arran (K667)
- HMCS Jonquière (K2318)
- HMCS Lasalle (K519)
- HMCS Lauzon (K371)
- HMCS Penetang (K676)
- HMCS Sea Cliff (K344)
- HMCS Ste. Therese (K366)
- HMCS Sussexvale (K683)
- HMCS Toronto (K538)
- HMCS Victoriaville (K684)
- HMCS Provider (AOR 508) 1961-1962
- Coast Guard vessels
- CCGS D'Iberville, Seaway icebreaker
- CCGS Griffon, light icebreaker
- CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert, medium icebreaker - now as Polar Prince
- Sailing vessels
- Davie Shipyard. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
- Davie on the brink
- Historique par le Syndicat des Travailleurs du Chantier Naval de Lauzon (fr)
- Chantier Davie Canada Inc.