Premier Darrell Dexter has released a study that looks at how local companies could become suppliers to the shipbuilding programs here in Nova Scotia and British Columbia.

Duke University in North Carolina prepared the analysis, and Dexter is confident it will be very useful.

“It essentially looks at the anatomy of the value chain that is involved in shipbuilding,” says the Premier.

The study looks ways to accelerate emerging technologies and support entrepreneurs to ensure the province’s tradition of shipbuilding meets today’s marine environment demands.

Dexter says Duke University is the internationally recognized expert in global value chain evaluations.

The $25 billion federal shipbuilding contracts will provide work for the next 3 decades and more than 11,000 direct and indirect jobs in the province when the project gets going in a few years.