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Final First Marine International Reports Released to Short-Listed Shipyards

On March 9, 2011, the five short-listed Canadian shipyards invited to submit bids in connection with the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy Request for Proposal received their final First Marine International (FMI) reports.

FMI is an independent third-party retained by the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy Secretariat to assess the capability and benchmark the performance of the short-listed shipyards.

FMI conducted visits of the short-listed shipyards between October and December 2010. FMI visited the shipyards again in early 2011 to discuss its draft reports.

The independent reports will be used by Canada as one of the inputs in the selection of the two Canadian shipyards to build large vessels.

The short-listed shipyards will also use their respective reports as inputs towards the development of plans to upgrade their facilities and improve their shipbuilding practices. These plans will be submitted to the government as part of their bids.

The result of the initial benchmarking will also be used to measure the two selected shipyards' productivity improvements over time and to ensure value for money over the duration of the long-term strategic sourcing relationship.

The reports are considered commercial-in-confidence and will not be shared with other shipyards or the public. They are excluded from Access to Information Requests under Paragraph 20(1) (b), (c) and (d) of the Access to Information Act.