Mark Collins – Davie Québec Actually Going to Supply Some Icebreakers for Coast Guard?

Further to this post,

Davie Québec Wants to Build Icebreaker for, Unload Other Vessels on, Canadian Coast Guard, Part 2

it now looks like the company (website here) has a real opening; Lord knows the CCG could use some icebreaking help–and the towing vessels might just help get oil pipelines built, note “Comments”. A government news release:

Coast Guard seeks input on potential interim options for icebreaking and towing

The federal government is seeking input from the marine industry on options for filling potential interim needs in the Canadian Coast Guard’s delivery of icebreaking services pending the arrival of new vessels being built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

A Request for Information (RFI) was issued today [Nov.17] by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).

In addition to input on icebreaking services, the RFI also seeks input on bringing the Coast Guard’s capacity to tow ocean-going vessels to world-class standing as part of efforts to strengthen its marine pollution response capability [emphasis added, i.e. tankers carrying oil from any new pipeline–and see this: “Quebec shipyard pitches Liberals on oil-spill vessel after Trudeau announces $1.5B to protect coastlines”].

Industry responses to the RFI will inform CCG decisions on how best to fill the potential capability gaps and ensure continuity of service.


“Our Government is committed to equipping the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard with the ships they need to serve Canadians. The National Shipbuilding Strategy is a long-term approach to shipbuilding that will strengthen our economy by bringing middle class jobs and prosperity to communities across the country. Pending the arrival of new vessels being built under the Strategy, we recognize the Canadian Coast Guard may require interim solutions. We will examine these options through fair, open and transparent processes.”
The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada…

Quick Facts
– Icebreakers are crucial to Coast Guard services, vital to the safety of mariners, the protection of coastal waters, resupply of northern communities and the orderly flow of commerce through Canadian waters that contributes more than $200 billion to the Canadian economy.
– The ability to tow ocean-going vessels in distress to safety is critical to preventing marine pollution events.[emphasis added, pipelines ditto].

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Backgrounder: RFI – Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaking and Tow Capacity

Could make real practical sense and be very good politically (Québec) as long as Irving Halifax and Seaspan Vancouver don’t lose out.

Davie has already had a win with this ship (“Project Resolve“):

Davie Shipyard’s $700M deal for navy supply ship retrofit to go ahead

And very relevant to the new RFI:

RCN, Canadian Coast Guard: Big Changes for Government’s Shipbuilding “Strategy”?

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


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