Marine Log

November 24, 2006

Canada picks teams for Joint Support Ship project

Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services ,Michael M Fortier, announced today that two teams led by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada Inc. and SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc. have been selected to receive contracts for the project definition phase of the Joint Support Ships project.

The teams will each be awarded an identical contract of Canada $12.5 million (US$10.95 million) to complete proposals to design and build the ships, as well as to provide long-term in-service support.

"The government has selected two strong teams who are committed to building the ships in Canada," Fortier said. "This is another example of how we are working to meet the urgent operational needs of the Canadian Forces while delivering significant benefits for Canadian industry."

The Joint Support Ships will be designed to replace the Canadian Forces' auxiliary oiler replenishment vessels. The Joint Support Ships will support and enforce domestic maritime security, as well as contribute to Canada's humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.

"Canada's New Government promised that the Canadian Forces would have the resources they need to better defend Canadians. This is an important first step in delivering this enhanced capability to the Navy," said Minister of National Defense Gordon O'Connor.

Now that the teams have been selected to receive the project definition contracts, they will have 14 months to develop a preliminary system specification and a proposal for project implementation.

The team with the proposal that represents the best value will be selected in 2008.

The delivery of the first ship is planned for 2012.