Canada is seeking industry feedback on the next generation of coast guard lifeboats. The lifeboats will be built as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy’s (NSPS) small vessels program.

The small vessels program includes 18 to 21 new vessels for the coast guard fleet. Canadian shipyards, other than the two selected under the NSPS to build the large vessels and their affiliated companies, will be able to compete in individual procurement processes on a project-by-project basis. Construction of these shore-based self-righting lifeboats could begin as early this year. The vessels will be capable of operation up to 100 nautical miles from shore and will replace the coast guard's existing Arun-type vessels, which have an average age of 18 years.

“These new lifeboats will enable the coast guard to continue to uphold its commitment to the safety of all people on the water," said Gail Shea, minister of fisheries and oceans. "I am proud to be part of a government that has shown unprecedented support for the Canadian coast guard to ensure the dedicated men and women have the resources they need to do their jobs keeping Canadian waterways safe.”

The intent of the Canadian government's Request for Information (RFI) is to engage directly with Canadian shipyards who are potential suppliers of these new vessels. This first step in the procurement process will provide the government with valuable information before drafting the Request for Proposal.

Early and proactive engagement with industry, along with the establishment of a strong governance structure and the involvement of independent third parties, is consistent with the Smart Procurement principles now applied to Canada’s major procurements.

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