Canada shuts door on Davie newbuild offer

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(OTTAWA) — The federal government has rebuffed an unsolicited offer from Chantier Davie Canada to build icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard, CBC News reported. The Quebec-based shipbuilder's offer had the potential to undercut the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, which designates Seaspan and Irving for the federal newbuild work. "There are currently no requests for proposals for icebreakers and multipurpose ships for the Coast Guard," a government spokesman said Friday. "Two shipyards, considered centers of excellence, were competitively selected to build Canada's combat and non-combat large ships."

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By Professional Mariner Staff