(GATINEAU, Quebec) — Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, has awarded three contracts totalling $14,047,773 for the acquisition of 48 hard-shell barges to the following Canadian companies:
• Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. of Port Alberni, British Columbia, was awarded a $2,669,155 (including taxes) contract for the construction of eight 40-cubic-meter barges;
• MetalCraft Marine Inc. of Kingston, Ontario, was awarded a $7,220,485 (including taxes) contract for the construction of 13 20-cubic-meter and 11 40-cubic-meter barges;
• Industries Ocean Inc. of Quebec City was awarded a $4,158,133 (including taxes) contract for the construction of 16 20-cubic-meter barges.
The Canadian Coast Guard will use these barges to respond to marine pollution incidents, including oil recovery. The hard-shell barges will provide safe temporary storage of hydrocarbon oils and oily waste recovered from an oil spill. All barges are expected to be delivered before March 31, 2022, in various locations across Canada.
These contracts will help create or sustain approximately 25 jobs within the three shipyards.
“Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the government of Canada is delivering the effective, modern equipment the Canadian Coast Guard needs to protect Canada’s waters and shorelines from hazardous oil spills. These contracts will help preserve our marine environment, while stimulating the economy across Canada,” said Anita Anand, minister of public services and procurement.
“Our government is providing the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment it needs to ensure Canada continues to be a world leader in marine environmental response. These new barges will play an important part in helping us best respond to marine pollution incidents,” said Bernadette Jordan, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“Canada’s strong marine safety regime is continuously improving. Thanks to Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, marine shipping is safer, and our coastal ecosystems are better protected than ever before. These new hard-shell barges will enable a more proactive, rapid and effective response should a marine pollution incident occur in Canada’s waters,” said Marc Garneau, minister of transport.
The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. This national plan is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. This work is being done in close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities.
Since the Oceans Protection Plan started in November 2016, over 50 initiatives have been announced in the areas of marine safety, research and ecosystem protection that span coast to coast to coast.
Under these contracts, this new equipment will be delivered to the following provinces: British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
These contracts also include options to acquire up to 59 additional hard-shell barges, as required by the Canadian Coast Guard.
– Public Services and Procurement Canada