Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is a member of the J.D. Irving group of companies, one of Canada’s largest family-owned companies. Irving Shipbuilding was chosen by the Royal Canadian Navy to produce the next class of Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), and Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).
Irving was faced with the daunting task of building a new facility to produce naval ships under a single roof – including a very large paint facility within the same building.
BlastOne worked with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to design & engineer a highly custom ship module paint facility. The massive paint facility measured a total of 180’ (54 m) long x 88’ (26.5 m) deep x 52’ (15.6 m) high, and incorporated (2) two separate paint booths.
The largest paint booth could be split into 2 separate paint booths by using a dividing curtain allowing up to 3 different ship modules to be painted simultaneously.
The system has 330,000 cfm of dehumidified air that can be heated to 140°F during the curing phase.
Irving Shipbuilding now has the most modern shipbuilding facilities in North America in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They now have the ability to paint ship sections 365 days a year regardless of weather patterns, thanks to the built-in heating and de-humidification.