Government of Canada enters into negotiations with Chantier Davie for construction of two ferries
On June 19, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that the Government of Canada is entering into contract negotiations with Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec, for the construction of two new ferries for Transport Canada.
The contract value and construction timelines will be determined once negotiations with the shipyard are completed. The Government of Canada will also begin discussions with the current operators of the ferries to consult them on the technical features required in the construction.
The Government of Canada had issued an Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) on May 22, 2019, signaling its intention to enter into a contract with Chantier Davie for the construction of the ferries. Other interested suppliers had 15 calendar days to submit a Statement of Capabilities to show they met the requirements laid out in the ACAN. None were submitted.
The new ferries will replace the Motor Vessel (MV) Madeleine, which is currently used for service between Îles‑de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, and Souris, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and the MV Holiday Island, one of two vessels used to provide service between Wood Islands, PEI, and Caribou, Nova Scotia. Both vessels are nearing the end of their life cycle. The Government of Canada wants to ensure the timeline for the construction of the ferries is determined swiftly and that they are delivered within the set timeframe.
The construction of these two new ferries will create skilled, well-paying jobs for Canada’s marine industry, the government said.