L O I s
Science Vessels – Canadian Coast Guard – CCG Procurement – September 2009
Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel and Offshore Oceanographic
Science Vessel: Joint Solicitation of
Interest and Qualifications
Update: It was announced in Nov 2010 that STX Canada in Vancouver would design the OOSV. Under
their Oct 2011 'Non-Combat' award in the National Shipbuilding Pro- curement Strategy, Vancouver Shipyard will build
3 x OFSV and 1 x OOSV. Some $5.2B in CCG spending was listed in the 2012 Budget although it's unlikely to be new money.
Following on from DFO contract
announcements for new Mid-Shore
Patrol Vessels , an SOIQ / LOI process has been launched for the larger Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel
(OOSV) and three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs). The single OOSV is to replace the
CCGS Hudson. The Hudson, built in 1963, is based on the East Coast. There is no plan
to replace the West Coast OOSV, CCGS John P Tully built 1985, but an option for a second OOSV is built into
In a sense, the '80s-vintage John P Tully is a model for the new OOSV. It is a Canadian design (Aker Yards
Marine of Vancouver, BC, now STXM ) which was built in Canada (by the now defunct Bel-Air Shipyard Ltd. then of
North Vancouver, BC ). Where the new OOSV differs is in size. The Tully is less than 70 m long with a
complement of 20. The planned OOSV will be 90m long (the size of the Hudson) with a complement of
The 3 new OFSVs are to replace 4 existing vessels. Three are based on the East Coast – CCGS Wilfred
Templeman and Alfred Needler (Nova Scotia-built, 1981 & 1982) and CCGS Teleost (
Norwegian-built, 1988). Oldest of the 4 OSFVs to be replaced is the Pacific Region's CCGS WE
Ricker ( right, Japanese- built, 1978 ). As with the OOSV, the OSFVs' scale has increased.
The existing OSFVs range in length from 50m to 63m with complements between 19 and 26. The new OSFVs will be 67m long
with complements of 25 (+ a scientific staff of 18 ).
So, new OSFVs specifications are 67m length, maximum draft of 6.5m. Speed of 14 kts (26 km/h) with
quiet operations a priority along with a modern deck and trawl gear. The delivery dates are 2011-2012. The first
OFSV, scheduled for 2011, will replace Ricker in the Pacific Region. The second will replace
Needler in the Maritimes Region (also for 2011), the third replaces Templeman in 2012
for Newfoundland and Labrador Region.
As mentioned, the new OOSV will replace Hudson in the Maritimes Region. The OOSV is scheduled for 2014.
OOSV specifications are: 90m length, 18m beam, maximum draft of 7.5m. The new OOSV will be highly
automated and able to remain at sea for months before re-provisioning. Besides its 28 crew, the OOSV
will accommodate 31 scientists.
The text of the OOSV and OFSV SOIQ/LOI (edited for brevity) is reproduced below.
Joint Solicitation of Interest & Qualification for
Design of 2 types of Offshore Science Vessels
Reference Number PW-$$NQ-006-19147
Solicitation Number F7013-090024/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2009-09-18 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
Architect and Engineering Services
C216A: NAVAL ARCHITECTURE
Region of Delivery Ontario
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type Letter of
Interest ( LOI )
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
Notice Description Joint Solicitation of Interest & Qualification for the Design of
types of Offshore Science Vessels
Trade Agreement: Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tendering Procedures: The bidder must supply Canadian goods and/or services
Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:
Nature of Requirements:
SOLICITATION OF INTEREST AND QUALIFICATION ( SOI&Q ) FOR DESIGNS FOR TWO (2) TYPES OF OFFSHORE SCIENCE
VESSELS ( FISHERIES RESEARCH, OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ) FOR THE CANADIAN COAST GUARD ( CCG ).
SOI&Q SUMMARY FOLLOWS. FOR COMPLETE SOI&Q DESCRIPTION AND ALL REQUIREMENTS & DETAILS, SUPPLIERS MUST ORDER
SOI&Q DOCUMENT FROM MERX. SUPPLIERS MUST NOT SUBMIT THEIR RESPONSE BASED ON THIS NOTICE ONLY. [...]
This Solicitation of Interest and Qualification is to advise Industry of Canadian Coast Guard requirements and
to identify suppliers who are capable, interested and qualified to achieve the development of the two
different "Bid Design Packages" with success. The resulting "Bid Design Packages" will be utilized for two open
competitions for the construction of several vessels which may include but not limited to:
One (1) Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel ( OOSV ) with [the] possibility of a second vessel,
to be designed, constructed, outfitted, trialed and delivered to Canada.
Three (3) Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels ( OFSV ) to be designed, constructed,
outfitted, trialed and delivered to Canada.
2. PROCUREMENT PROCESS
The Design Package procurement process for these Projects will be phased as
Phase 1: The Solicitation of Interest and Qualification is a qualification of suppliers in
order to identify Bidders capable of undertaking the Ship Design Packages and to establish two (2) source
lists, one for each vessel type ( files F7013-090022 and F7013- 090024). Only Bidders demonstrating this capability
for a vessel type will be invited to participate in Phase 2 for that vessel type.
THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN PHASE 1 [ of the ] SOI&Q IS NOT A BINDING OFFER BUT RATHER A BASIS FOR
ESTABLISHING TWO ( 2 ) SOURCE LISTS. NO FURTHER NOTICES OF PROPOSED PROCUREMENT OR ADVANCE
CONTRACT AWARD NOTICES WILL BE ISSUED FOR THESE...SHIP TYPE DESIGN PACKAGES. Subsequent to this SOI&Q Phase, the
following Phases are planned to occur within the next 16 months.
Phase 2: Selective Tendering – For each of the OOSV and OFSV Projects/files, only
those Bidders who qualify in Phase 1 will be sent the corresponding complete Request For Proposal (RFP) for the
Design Package for the OOSV or the OFSV. For each of the OOSV and OFSV Design Projects, the proposals submitted
will be evaluated based on the lowest priced compliant bid. Should a single Company qualify for each Design
Pro- ject under Phase 1, Canada will enter into negotiations with that or those bidders only for the Design
Package Contracts of the vessels.
Phase 3: Design Package Contracts - For each of the OOSV and OFSV Projects, this phase will be carried out
via one contract for each type of vessel. Canada may [...] at the end of each phase, for each
vessel type, decide not to proceed to the next phase.
3. APPLICABILITY OF TRADE AGREEMENTS
The two Design Package requirements are exempt from the provisions of the North American Free Trade
Agreement ... in accordance with NAFTA Annex 1001.1b-2 Sec- tion C and the World Trade Organization
– Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP) in accordance with Annex 4, Note 4. These
requirements are not subject to the Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements. These requirements are subject
to the Agreement on Internal Trade ( AIT ). The Canadian Content Policy applies and the
requirements will be restricted to Canadian Bidders and content accordingly.
4. QUALIFICATION OF POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS & SUBMISSION OF RESPONSES
Bidders are advised that their responses to
this SOI&Q shall form the basis on which they will be evaluated and pre-qualified to receive either of the Requests
For Proposal (RFP) for the designs. Only those bidders that will qualify as per the terms and condit- ions of
this SOI&Q, and as so advised by the Contracting Authority, will receive the RFP for the vessel type for which they
have qualified. No contract will result from this SOI&Q. The Bidders interested in qualifying to
be invited for the competitions must order the complete SOI&Q document from MERX detailing the requirements and
quali- fication process and must submit and demonstrate to the satisfaction of Canada with their [SOI&Q]
Response that they meet all the pre- requisites of the relevant annexe(s) of the SOI&Q document. Bidders shall
... indicate if they wish to qualify for the OOSV design only, for the OFSV design only or for both
[...]. Bidders are also requested to indicate the official language of their choice for RFP documents