July 15, 2019 – Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, has awarded a contract of $1,996,439 to Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. of Port Alberni for the acquisition of four steel barges for Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. The contract also includes a complete technical data package, training and the option to buy spare parts.
These steel barges will be used to support various types of maintenance on ships and will replace the six existing wooden barges.
This contract will help sustain a minimum of nine employees and create four new jobs for Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. and its subcontractors.
All four barges must be delivered alongside the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton at Esquimalt Harbour within 18 months from the contract award date.
The four new steel barges will be robust, low maintenance and low draft and will be 12 to 15 metres in length, with unobstructed clear working decks of 75 square metres.