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National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: Release of the Request for Proposal to build large vessels for Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario, February 7, 2011 – On behalf of Public Works and Government Services Canada, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy Secretariat today released the Request for Proposal to build large vessels for Canada under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. The Request for Proposal was released to the five short-listed shipyards selected on October 8, 2010. They are:

  • Davie Yards Inc., Lévis, QC
  • Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Saint John, NB
  • Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd., North Vancouver, BC
  • Kiewit Offshore Services - a division of Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Milton, ON
  • Seaway Marine & Industrial Inc., St. Catharines, ON

Canada will establish a strategic relationship with two Canadian shipyards: one yard will be selected to build combat vessels while the other yard will build non-combat vessels, creating jobs in various regions of the country.

The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is the result of extensive consultations with the Canadian marine and shipbuilding industry and will help to revitalize Canadian shipyards and build ships for the Navy and the Coast Guard here in Canada.

To ensure the fairness, openness and transparency of this procurement process, the NSPS Secretariat met five times with the short-listed shipyards since October 2010 to discuss the procurement strategy. A fairness monitor is participating in the selection process and an internationally recognized third-party expert has benchmarked the capability and performance of the short-listed Canadian shipyards. Finally, a leading consulting firm is providing expert advice on the procurement process. The five short-listed shipyards have until July 7, 2011 to submit their proposals. The selection of the two winning shipyards is expected sometime after the bids are evaluated.

The NSPS Secretariat is comprised of officials from Public Works and Government Services Canada, Department of National Defence, Industry Canada and Canadian Coast Guard and is responsible for implementing the NSPS. More information about the NSPStrategy is available at National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy website.