New JSS at Seaspan

Construction contract awarded for Joint Support Ships

On June 10, the Joint Support Ship (JSS) Build Contract was awarded to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards Ltd. (VSY). This $2.4-billion contract will undertake the full construction phase for the replacement of the RCN’s two, previously decommissioned, Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels. The award directly supports both a significant Strong Secure Engaged initiative, as well as the National Shipbuilding Strategy for the construction of non-combatant ships on the west coast.

Building on ongoing “early construction”, design work and the acquisition of Long Lead Items, the project will deliver the first of the new Protecteur Class, to the Navy in 2023 and the second in 2025. The ships will provide replenishment capabilities and be capable of operating in high-threat environments and conducing a full spectrum of military activities, including support to Naval Task Groups deployed on combat, humanitarian, and disaster-relief missions.

A sign of the times, the Department of National Defence, Public Services and Procurement Canada and the Department of Justice contract negations team executed the final phase of negotiations with VSY, working entirely remotely during this pandemic period.

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