04/24/2014 06:11 EDT | Updated 06/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Alberta-based company wins coast guard contract to upgrade two vessels

VANCOUVER - An Alberta-based company has won a $965,000 contract to upgrade two Canadian Coast Guard vessels.

The Fisheries Department says Edmonton-based Finning (Canada) will supply new generators, switchboards and controls to the CCGS Dumit and CCGS Eckaloo.

The ships are based in Hay River, N.W.T., and provide navigational services on the Mackenzie River.

The contracts are part of a $360-million program announced in February 2013 to extend the life of coast guard fleet.

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says the improvements will help members of the coast guard do their jobs and ensure waterways are safe.