Mark Collins – Work Actually Starts on RCN’s First Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship

On September 1st, as advertised (video via link). Now will the production schedule be met and will six ships actually be acquired with the funding allocated? And note production schedule and (virtual absence of) learning curve:

About 900 Irving employees are working on the project at two locations in the Halifax area, but that number is expected to jump to 1,600 over the next two years [jobs! jobs! jobs!]…

The first patrol ship is expected to be completed in 2018. [Kevin] McCoy [president of Irving Shipbuilding], has said the final patrol ship will be delivered in 2022…

That schedule–note there seems to be almost no learning curve leading to reduced time of construction for each subsequent ship:


From January 2015:

Contract Signed for 5 or 6 RCN Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships
[note numbers uncertainty]

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


4 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Work Actually Starts on RCN’s First Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship”

  1. Looking forward on A/OPS–and JSS:

    ‘Irving joins UK firm on new bid worth $5.2 billion

    Irving Shipbuilding has partnered with UK-based defence company BAE Systems to bid on a the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and Joint Support Ship In-Service Support contract, worth up to $5.2 billion.

    BAE announced last week in a press release that the two companies had joined forces under the name Canadian Naval Support Ltd.

    Irving is also responsible building the fleet of six Harry DeWolf-class AOPS, while Seaspan’s Vancouver shipyards are constructing the two Queenston-class auxiliary vessels.

    “CNS combines the capabilities of Canada’s long-term trusted partner for the National Shipbuilding Strategy with the expertise of one of the global leaders in warship repair and maintenance as used and trusted by some of Canada’s closest allies,” the statement reads.

    The Department of Public Services and Procurement launched the open competition for in-service support, including refit, repair, maintenance and training, for both the Harry DeWolf-class and Queenston-class vessels in July.

    At the time, the department said combining the contracts for the AOPS and JSS In-Service Support under a single contractor instead of holding separate competitions for each class of ship will benefit industry by increasing workforce stability and reducing costs through economies of scale.

    The contract will include an initial service period of eight years, with options to extend services up to 35 years under an open and competitive process. According to tender documents, the initial work period is valued at $600 million-$800 million, while the total potential contract value that would include the “exercise of all possible options” is worth $5.2 billion.

    The tender closed Nov. 8…’

    Mark Collins

  2. Irving and BAE together–implications for Canadian Surface Combatant competition (same story as above)?

    BAE Systems is the the designer of the UK navy’s yet-to-be constructed fleet of frigates — the Type 26 Global Command Ship. BAE also happens to be one of 12 pre-qualified firms that have been approved to bid on a joint design and combat systems integrator for the Canadian Surface Combatant program. The firm is to expected to submit the Type 26 as an off-the-shelf design for Canada’s new fleet of warships, which will be constructed by Irving Shipbuilding, also the prime contractor.

    Last summer, the government drew accusations of stacking the deck in favour of BAE Systems from industry sources after widening the criteria for the new frigate to allow designers to submit bids for ships that have already been built by other countries, as well as those on which detailed design work has commenced, making room for the Type 26…”

    Mark Collins

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