Other activities under the strategy—National Shipbuilding Strategy: February 2012 to December 2015 status report

In addition to large vessel construction, the strategy also includes small vessel construction and vessel repair, refit and maintenance.

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Small vessels

For small vessel construction, Canada is proceeding through competitive project-by-project procurements among Canadian shipyards. Halifax Shipyard and Vancouver Shipyards, and their affiliated companies, are not eligible to bid on small vessel contracts to ensure broader work distribution. Since February 2012, other Canadian companies have benefitted from small vessel and boat construction work resulting in more than $162 million in contracts.

Repair, refit and maintenance projects

Ship repair, refit and maintenance requirements are competed through publicly announced requests for proposals. Seaway Marine, Chantier Davie and St. John's Dockyard are among the many shipyards that have benefitted from $400 million of repair and refit work for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.

Interim requirements

Interim auxiliary oil replenishment services

Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy is a long-term plan to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. Canada has selected two centres of excellence, Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards, to build its large combat and non-combat vessels.

Smaller vessel construction is available for competitive procurements among Canadian shipyards other than the two selected for large ship construction. This approach allows for the greatest distribution of benefits under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

While the strategy is about building ships in Canada, there are occasionally other government contracts with the marine industry to address interim requirements. For example, in 2015, Canada awarded a contract to Project Resolve Inc. to provide the Navy with an at-sea oil replenishment capability on an urgent and interim basis. This work will continue until the Joint Support Ships, to be built by Vancouver Shipyards, are operational. This $587 million contract involves the conversion of an existing containership into an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel. This conversion work is taking place at Chantier Davie in Lévis, Quebec and is on track to commence service delivery in fall of 2017.

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