Government of Canada moves to next stage of third shipyard selection process with Chantier Davie
June 8, 2022 - Gatineau, Quebec - Public Services and Procurement Canada
The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is a long-term, multibillion-dollar program to renew the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy fleets, creating good middle-class jobs across the country while revitalizing Canada’s marine industry.
Today, the Government of Canada announced that it will begin negotiations with Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, towards an umbrella agreement, to become the third strategic shipbuilding partner under the NSS. Pending successful negotiations, an agreement is expected to be in place by the end of 2022.
Chantier Davie submitted a proposal as part of the Request for Proposal process for the selection of a third NSS shipyard. This included a third-party assessment of the shipyard’s infrastructure; submission and evaluation of a formal proposal from the shipyard; and a due diligence process to ensure the shipyard is financially capable of performing the work and making any necessary upgrades to its infrastructure.
The assessment was similar to the process previously undertaken in 2011 to select Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards as strategic partners under the NSS.
Pending successful negotiation of an umbrella agreement, Chantier Davie will build 1 of 2 polar icebreakers and 6 program icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Contracts for each project will be negotiated with the shipyard only after the signature of an umbrella agreement.
On May 22, 2019, the Government of Canada announced its intention to add a third Canadian shipyard as a partner under the NSS, and on August 2, 2019, Canada launched the competitive process to select the new shipyard.
In May 2021, the Government of Canada announced it was moving forward with the construction of 2 polar icebreakers under the NSS. Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver, British Columbia, will build 1, while the other will be built at Chantier Davie, pending the successful completion of the ongoing selection process.
On July 14, 2021, the Government of Canada announced it had received Chantier Davie’s supporting materials to become the third shipyard under the NSS.
Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are essential to Canada’s economy, supporting year-round marine trade in eastern Canada, the St. Lawrence waterway and the Great Lakes. They provide critical icebreaking services to ensure commercial ships have access to Canadian ports during the winter, and they support summer resupply activities to Canada’s Arctic communities and their industries. They are also important platforms for search and rescue and environmental response operations.
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