The Government of Canada has announced Chantier Davie has pre-qualified to become the third strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).
“This shipyard has demonstrated it meets initial requirements related to experience, capability and capacity, as defined in the Invitation to Qualify issued on August 2, 2019”, said a statement released by the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).
According to the statement, the yard will build six program icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Coast Guard icebreakers provide critical icebreaking services to ensure commercial ships have access to Canadian ports during the winter, and 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.
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.
Chantier Davie will now move to the next stage in the selection process, the Request for Proposal and evaluation stage. This will include a third-party assessment of the shipyard’s infrastructure, submission of a formal proposal, and a due diligence process to ensure the shipyard is financially capable of performing the work and making any necessary upgrades to its infrastructure. This assessment is similar to the process previously undertaken in 2011 to select Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Seaspan Shipyards as strategic partners under the NSS.
Once this phase is completed, the Government of Canada will begin negotiations for an umbrella agreement, which is expected to be put in place in late 2020.
The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is a long-term, multibillion-dollar program to renew the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) fleets, creating good middle-class jobs across the country while revitalizing Canada’s marine industry.
“Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada is proud to support the members of the Canadian Coast Guard, and provide jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Today’s announcement is a critical milestone in how we are able to adapt the strategy to meet Canada’s evolving federal shipbuilding needs, all while ensuring the members of the Coast Guard have the equipment they need to do their important work”, said Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
“I’m happy to see that the process for the fleet renewal and new program icebreakers continues to move ahead under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. The women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard save lives, keep our economy moving and protect our environment. This renewal will ensure they can continue to deliver critical services on the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence waterway, the East Coast, and in the Arctic”, said Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“The National Shipbuilding Strategy will ensure that Canada has a strong, effective fleet of ships to serve and protect Canadians for years to come. Today’s announcement will not only see the revitalization of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, but will also deliver economic benefits and create highly skilled jobs right across the country. Our government is committed to ensuring that, as we move forward with the NSS, Canadians will continue to see the economic benefits from this important industry”, said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
“Today’s historic announcement marks the beginning of a multi-generational program which will span the next three decades and sustain Davie’s position as a global leader in the delivery of specialist, mission-critical ships”, said Alex Vicefield, Chairman of Davie Shipbuilding.
“As the Arctic becomes of increasing global importance, creating a centre of excellence for the construction of icebreakers – a highly exportable product – will be of significant economic benefit to the Canadian economy in the years to come. We thank the Prime Minister and his government for delivering on their commitment to refresh the shipbuilding strategy and confirming Davie as a key strategic partner.”
“We have spent the past decade creating a cutting-edge shipbuilder that has delivered some of the most complex ships ever built in North America. Heading into the next decade as a partner in the National Shipbuilding Strategy means we will be leveraging those skills and experience and applying our unique capacity and infrastructure to renew the federal fleet in a cost-effective and timely manner”, said James Davies, President and CEO of Davie Shipbuilding.
“This will be the single largest shipbuilding program in Quebec since World War II and will ensure the continuity of employment at Davie as well as the development of Quebec’s maritime cluster, a major driver for the province’s economy. We now look forward to getting the over 1000 workers who were laid off in 2017 back to work as soon as possible.”