The Canadian Government has launched an open competition for the in-service support contract for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Arctic offshore patrol ships (AOPS) and joint support ships (JSS).
Contracts for AOPS and JSS will be combined under a single contractor in the competition. The decision is part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy and follows extensive industry consultation.
The contract will not only support Canada’s shipbuilding industry and increase workforce stability, but also provide value to Canadian taxpayers by reducing costs through economies of scale.
Under the single ship support contract, the government seeks to procure in-service support, including refit, repair and maintenance and training for the AOPS and JSS.
The AJISS contract will have an initial eight year performance period with an option of extending it to 35 years through an open and a competitive process.
Canadian Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy M Foote said: “The Arctic offshore patrol ships and joint support ships in-service support contract will provide work for the Canadian marine industry for the next 35 years.
“Our government is creating stable middle-class jobs and generating economic growth from coast to coast to coast.
“At the same time, we are seeking new ways to make procurement work better for businesses and Canadians, in this case by having one support contract for both ships.”
Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy is a long-term project to revive the nation’s existing federal fleet of combat and non-combat vessels.
Currently, Irving Shipbuilding is under a $2.3bn contract to build six DeWolf-class AOPS, with the first vessel slated to be delivered in 2018.
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards was contracted to construct two JSS, with the first vessel expected to be delivered to RCN in 2020-21.