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2004-2008 - Joint Support Ship (JSS) Program

In April 2004 the Government of Canada decided to acquire three new 28,000 ton support ships for the Canadian Forces. This project was initiated to replace the Protecteur Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessels. They were also to have the ability to transport a significant amount of land combat equipment, and transfer it to shore, giving the Canadian Forces a critical strategic sealift capability. Finally, the new vessels would be capable of supporting forces deployed ashore. On August 22, 2008 the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the Honorable Christian Paradis, announced the termination of the procurement process. The Crown determined that the proposals were not compliant with the basic terms of the Request for Proposals (RFP), as both bids were significantly over the established budget provisions.

On July 14, 2010 the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced the Government was moving forward with procurement of new Joint Support Ships (JSS). The revised program envisioned two 20,000 ton ships to perform replenishment at sea, but without the land combat sealift and power projection features of the original program.

The competition for the design and development of these sophisticated new support ships had several phases. First came the Pre-Qualification phase. During this period, Defence solicited interest from industry and evaluate that interest based on a number of criteria, including: financial commitment; experience and expertise; concept design; and, most significantly for Canadian industry, a strategy to build the ships in Canada. The Government was absolutely committed to building these state-of-the-art support ships, and, in doing so, in Canada in accordance with the current shipbuilding policy - which requires that a competitive environment exist.

The four consortia bidding on the project definition phase are led by:

  1. Irving Shipbuilding
  2. BAE Systems (Project) Limited (BAE Systems Naval Ships)
  3. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG
  4. SNC-Lavalin Profac Inc.
The bidding consortia were invited to submit implementation proposals for preliminary ship design, project implementation plans, and an in-service support plan.

The second phase - Project Definition - saw two qualified consortia selected from among the qualifying proposals. These consortia were awarded a contract to produce and deliver to the Government a proposal consisting of a preliminary ship design, a project implementation plan and an in-service support plan. Two consortiums were selected as the final competitors for the JSS contract:

  1. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada Inc. and
  2. SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc.
Each team received a $12.5 million contract from the Government of Canada for project definition (i.e. to create their designs and schedule for building).

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada Inc. (TKMS Canada) is prime contractor for the Canada North Atlantic Marine Partnership (CANAMP), one of the two groups selected for the JSS Project Definition Phase. Other principal members of the CANAMP Team are: Peter Kiewit Sons Co., a Canadian shipbuilder and marine contractor; L-3 Electronic Systems, a Canadian supplier of Integrated Logistics Support solutions; CAE Professional Services (formerly xwave), a Canadian supplier of comprehensive lifecycle information and data management solutions; MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Canadian experts in developing and delivering proven military and civilian Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) solutions; Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, a German-based shipbuilder experienced in Ro-Ro and naval auxiliary ships, and Maersk Canada, a global firm and a world-class provider of In-Service and Fleet Operations Support.

SNC-Lavalin ProFac (ProFac) is Canada's leading provider of mission critical logistics and operations and maintenance support to the Canadian Forces. ProFac (then Fenco MacLaren Inc.) was responsible for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of twelve Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel (MCDV) for the Canadian Navy. ProFac formed a world-class team to pursue the design, build and support of this important addition to the Canadian Navy's fleet. Alion Science and Technology, the USA's premiere naval ship designer would design the ships. Electronic Systems Integration would be jointly provided by Raytheon Canada and Thales Canada. The ships will be built in the Vancouver and Victoria shipyards of the Washington Marine Group. As Prime Contractor, SNC-Lavalin ProFac will provide Project Management, Integrated Logistics Support and In-Service Support.

The third and final phase - Project Implementation - would see the winning bidder awarded two separate, but related, contracts: one for the design and construction of the support ships; and the other for the in-service support for the life of the vessels. The Government initially anticipated the decision on the winning bid to occur in the 2007 timeframe, and expected delivery of the first support ship to take place by 2011.

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