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Second Meeting of Short-Listed Shipyards

November 10, 2010

Five Canadian shipyards have been short-listed to build the large vessels under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). 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

The five short-listed shipyards were invited to Ottawa on November 9 and 10, 2010 to discuss the next steps in the procurement process.

During the two-day meeting the short-listed shipyards met both individually and in groups with senior officials of the NSPS Secretariat.  They were invited to review and comment on the initial draft procurement documents including the Evaluation Methodology and the Umbrella Agreement (UA).  The UA is a strategic sourcing agreement that will contain the framework for business and relationship management between the two selected shipyards and the Government.  The UA's are expected to contain: value proposition commitments and obligations; productivity improvements; conditions precedent to the award of ensuing contracts; negotiation rules and processes; and issues resolution processes.

The NSPS Secretariat in committed to ongoing industry engagement throughout the procurement process.   The short-listed shipyards had earlier met earlier with the NSPS Secretariat on October 12 and 13, 2010 to discuss the benchmarking of the shipyards.  A third-party expert, First Marine International, is presently conducting site visits to benchmark the capability and performance of the short-listed shipyards. 

The independent benchmarking report will be used by Canada as one of the inputs in the selection of two Canadian shipyards to build large vessels. It is anticipated that the short-listed shipyards will also use the respective reports as input towards the development of an investment plan and value proposition proposal that will be submitted to the government as part of their bids

Shipyards are scheduled to meet again with the NSPS Secretariat in December 2010 and January 2011 to further refine the procurement documents.  The Request for Proposal will be issued in late-January 2011.

For additional information o NSPS, please visit the Department's web site.