Coastal Patrol – Canadian Coast Guard – CCG Procurement – September 2009
Contract for Canadian Coast Guard Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels:
Fisheries & Oceans Announces
Award for Irving Shipbuilding
DFO has announced the decision on their much-delayed Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel project. The contract has been
awarded to Irving Shipbuilding Inc of Halifax in the amount of $194M. Nine MSVPs are to
be delivered between 2011 and 2013 – compared with the 12 MSPVs originally announced. Irving
will build all nine of the new MSPVs in Atlantic Canada ( likely in Halifax ).
The MSPV as built by Irving won't be an original design. Instead, this new Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will be a
slightly 'Canadianized ' version of
the Damen Stan Patrol 4207.
Also see the original 02 Mar 2005 DFO announcement
on the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel project (with CASR commentary) and
Feb 2009 PWGSC press release / MERX
DFO's backgrounder on the
MSPV contract award is reproduced below.
New Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels
The Government of Canada has awarded a $194 million contract for nine new mid- shore patrol vessels for the
Canadian Coast Guard. All of the new vessels will be built in Canada by Irving Shipbuilding Inc., of Halifax...
Funding for these new vessels was committed by the Government of Canada in previous annual federal
Preliminary work will begin immediately. The first vessel should be ready for service in 2011. All nine vessels
will be delivered by 2013.
Five of the mid-shore patrol vessels will be used primarily to support Department of Fisheries and Oceans
conservation and protection programs in the Maritimes, Quebec and Pacific [ British Columbia ]
The other four [new MSVPs] will be used in a joint program with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
to enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway system. Since this joint maritime security program was
announced in Budget 2007, aging Coast Guard vessels have been performing duties on an interim basis. The new
mid-shore patrol vessels will provide a permanent platform for the Coast Guard and RCMP Officers to do their
About the new vessels
These new mid-shore patrol vessels are a new type of vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard. Each vessel will
support a crew of eight and up to six RCMP Officers or Fishery Officers. Each vessel will be approximately 43 metres
in length, have a top speed of 25 knots [ 46 km/h ] and a range of 2000 nautical miles [ 3700 km ], and
be able to stay at sea for two weeks without reprovisioning.
With greater speed and range, and the ability to better operate in difficult environ- mental conditions, these new
vessels will be able to perform duties more efficiently.