Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

November 24, 2006 12:00 ET

Minister Fortier Announces Shipbuilding Teams for Canadian Forces Joint Support Ship Project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 24, 2006) - The Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services 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 $12.5 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," Minister 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 the Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence.

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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Fortier
    Jean-Luc Benoit
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations