Coastal Patrol – Canadian Coast Guard – CCG Procurement – February 2009
Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels – the CCG's On-Again, Off-Again
37-43m MSPVs –
PWGSC Press Release and a MERX NPP
[ Update: 03 Sept 2009 – Fisheries & Oceans awarded a contract to Irving Ship-
building for 9 MSPVs. These MSPVs are based
on Dutch Damen Stan Patrol 4207.]
The Canadian Coast Guard may lower performance requirements for the proposed Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels to allow bids to come in on
budget. In August 2008, the federal government quietly put the MSPV project on hold when all received MSPV bids
came in "significantly over the established budget provisions". But MSPV is being put out to tender yet again but
with less stringent demands on performance.
The reduced performance requirements are also intended to allow the CCG to buy the planned twelve MSPVs under the
existing budget (around $340M ). An earlier option considered was reducing the total purchase to
ten hulls according to The Chronicle Herald of Halifax. Under the new plan, the MSPVs will sacrifice
engine life in exchange for a less expensive propulsion system. (This suggests a savings that permits the purchase
of the desired number of hulls, transfering the program's overall costs on to the later burdens
of increased engine maintenance and repairs.)
Notable by its omission from both the MSPV press release and NPP is the related companion ship, the two
Off-Shore Fisheries Research Vessels. The obvious need for fisheries patrols aside, this affects the overall budget
for the new CCG vessels. When announced by the Liberals back in 2005, the combined MSPV (12)/ OSFV(2) coast guard
fleet was to cost $276M. In 2007, the Conservatives budgeted $324M for the project. Now, "up to 12"
(but perhaps less) MSPV alone are to cost $340M.
It should be noted though, that neither PWGSC press release nor NPP make any mention of the actual cost of
the MSPVs (that $340M price tag is supposition). PWGSC does make a great deal of IRBs while
the National Security Exception is invoked in NPP – both are odd emphases for what, presumably,
will be Canadian-made ships.
The Public Works & Government Services Canada press release and NPP follows:
Public Works & Government Services Canada – Press Release
Canadian Government Takes Steps to Obtain Vessels for Coast Guard [CCG]
GATINEAU, Quebec, February 26, 2009 - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Min- ister of Public Works and
Government Services Canada and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
today announced that the Government of Canada has taken the next step towards procuring mid-shore
patrol vessels on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard.
The government plans to procure up to twelve new mid-shore patrol vessels (MSPVs) to provide support for the
Fisheries Conservation and Protection Program, as well as Maritime Security.
PWGSC has launched a process, and to provide industry with the opportunity for input, PWGSC issued a draft
Request for Proposals (RFP) [see below] on Merx on February 26, 2009. The input received from industry will be taken
into account when the government issues the final RFP in early Spring 2009.
"These vessels are a key priority [for] the Government of Canada," said Minister Shea. "We have launched a
procurement process which demonstrates the Govern- ment's commitment to getting the right equipment
for the Canadian Coast Guard at the right price for Canadians, with the right benefits for
Through industrial and regional benefits, this contract will boost the Canadian economy by providing for 100
percent of the contract in direct and indirect [IRBs]. This means that the contractor will
generate one dollar of economic activity in Canada for every dollar it receives from the contract.
The vessels will have the capacity to sail out over 200 nautical miles [370 km].
Notice of Proposed Procurement ( NPP ) –
MID-SHORE PATROL VESSELS [
Reference Number PW-$$NQ-002-18390
Solicitation Number F7045-060001/D
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2009-03-13 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
GSINS N1925: SPECIAL SERVICE VESSELS
Region of Delivery Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec,
Ontario, British Columbia
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type NONE
Tender Type Notice of Proposed
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
MID-SHORE PATROL VESSELS
Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall Proposal
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements: MID-SHORE PATROL VESSELS
Telephone No. - (819) 956-0233
Fax No. - (819) 956-5650
Notice of Proposed Procurement (NPP) for the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel
This is NOT a formal solicitation for proposals nor a pre-qualification process. This NPP is to advise to the
Canadian Shipbuilding Industry that Canada intends to advertise on the Government Electronic Tendering Service
(GETS), a require- ment to receive proposals to build Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPV). To this end, it has prepared
a draft Request for Proposal (RFP), and is seeking interest and in- viting Industry to comment on it. The deadline
for providing written comments will be fifteen (15) calendar days after the draft RFP is first made available on
Although Canada is seeking comments and all comments are welcome, Canada reserves the right not to incorporate any
comments or to incorporate some or all comments. Canada further reserves the right to change in whole or in part
any of the RFP documents posted both in content and format. The formal RFP will be posted on GETS at a later
The Canadian Coast Guard has a requirement for up to twelve (12) Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPV). These vessels
shall have a length overall between 37 and 43 metres, and be subject to specific criteria to be described in the
RFP. These vessels, which are to be used for Marine Security and Conservation and Protect- ion, are to be capable
of sustained operations out to 120 nautical miles offshore. The vessels are to be produced in Canada in
accordance with The Canadian Ship- building Policy. The proposed vessel shall be a steel mono-hull based on an
exist- ing proven parent design. The proven parent design shall have been used in the construction of vessels that
have been in service for a minimum of two (2) years and a minimum of 1,000 hours in-service operation.
As this requirement concerns the procurement of goods to be used for the nation- al security of Canada, a
National Security Exception [NSE] has been invoked, and as such trade agreements do not apply.
Bidders will be required to demonstrate in their proposals that they will have the intellectual property rights
from the owner of the proven parent design to produce these vessels and that they have the intellectual property
rights to modify the proven parent designs for the Canadian Coast Guard's specific requirements. Bid- ders will
be required to obtain the intellectual property rights for Canada to have access to relevant background
information for its use and any third party's use for the maintenance, repair and operation of the MSPVs for the
life of the vessels.
Interested bidders are requested to submit their comments in writing via email to Charlene Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.
Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
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