The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding have agreed to extend the final date of submission for the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of the new Canadian Surface Combatant fleet to the end of this month.
The Canadian Surface Combatant is the largest and most complex procurement currently being carried out by the government.
It forms part of the Canadian Government’s wider National Shipbuilding Strategy to support the operations of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
The RFP and evaluation plan was amended based on information collected from the voluntary review process, which was conducted earlier this year.
The new amendments have maintained the requirements of the RCN and will help simplify the submission requirements, as well as enable bidders to demonstrate the full potential of their proposed solution to address the requirements of the country.
A number of bidders have requested additional time to finalise their bids as a result of the new amendments.
This has led to the decision to extend the closing date for submission so that bidders get the opportunity to submit compliant bids in accordance with the established processes.
Targeted completion for the procurement process is slated for next year and the construction work on the vessels is scheduled to begin in the early 2020s.
The two organisations plan to carry out a technical briefing regarding the next stages of the procurement process before the submission closing date.
The original submission deadline for the RPF for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant fleet was 17 November.