Bluedrop Wins RCN & CCG Training Contract

July 22, 2019 – Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. and its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. are pleased to announce that it has been the successful bidder on the End-to-End Learning Services contract for Maritime Warfare and Seamanship training and development for the Department of National Defence. The contract is valued at $6.7 million over two years, with options to extend for three additional one-year periods. The services will be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Personnel Training Group (NPTG) as part of the Future Naval Training Systems Strategy.…

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2017 Report on Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy

The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is Canada’s 30-year plan to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. The primary objectives of the Strategy are to equip the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely and affordable manner, build a sustainable marine sector in Canada and maximize economic benefits for Canada, including job creation. This report provides an update on the National Shipbuilding Strategy from January 1 to December 31, 2017, providing details on the progress of NSS…

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Canada to Acquire Three Interim Icebreakers

On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada has issued an Advanced Contract Award Notice (ACAN) to Chantier Davie of Levis PQ for the acquisition and conversion of three medium commercial icebreakers. These are believed to be MV Tor Viking, MV Vidar Viking and MV Balder Viking The ACAN confirms Canada’s intention to enter into a contract with Chantier Davie. Other interested suppliers have 15 calendar days to signal their interest in bidding for this contract, by submitting a “statement of capabilities” that meets the requirements…

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2018 Arctic Season Underway

The Canadian Coast Guard’s annual Arctic operational season is underway and includes a maiden voyage to the Arctic by the CCGS Samuel Risley. The season will run into late November, providing extended vessel presence in the Arctic. CCGS Samuel Risley will depart July 11 from Quebec City for her maiden voyage to Arctic waters, where she will participate in Operation Pacer Goose, which is the annual resupply mission for the Thule US Air Force base in Greenland. Six other Coast Guard icebreakers deploy this season to support Coast Guard operational…

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RCN, Canadian Coast Guard sign historic Arctic operations agreement

By Darlene Blakeley An historic agreement on joint Arctic operations has been signed by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Canadian Coast Guard. On May 22, 2018, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander RCN, and Jeffery Hutchinson, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, signed the Joint Concept of Arctic Operations (CONOPS), which establishes how the RCN and the Coast Guard will coordinate maritime operations within Canada’s Arctic Archipelago and Arctic waters, with the intent of pursuing greater interoperability. With the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing presence in the Arctic regions,…

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Arctia Ready to Support Canada

The Finnish shipowner Arctia Ltd. is moving forward to support Canada in icebreaking and towing services. The company has responded to the Canadian Government’s Request for Information and Industry Consultation for Interim Icebreaking and Towing Capability for the Canadian Coast Guard, and continues to follow the tendering process. Arctia’s purpose-built icebreaker fleet is promptly available, and can serve the Canadian industry and Arctic communities within weeks. “We were quite surprised yesterday reading the news stating that negotiations will be launched with one interested supplier for the conversion and lease of…

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Launch of the First Large Vessel Designed and Built Under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy

Seaspan Shipyards today celebrated the launch of the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) – CCGS Sir John Franklin, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) December 8th. In 2011, the Government of Canada competitively selected Seaspan to be its Non-Combat Shipbuilder as part of the NSS program. Under the NSS, Seaspan will build and deliver non-combat vessels at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in North Vancouver for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy. OFSV1…

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Davie Shipbuilding welcomes all provincial and federal political parties to visit shipyard

Chantier Davie is welcoming all provincial and federal political parties to visit Canada’s largest shipbuilder following the airing of the TV program Découverte on the transformation of the first Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, the largest naval ship ever delivered by a Canadian shipyard. Canada’s Navy, Coast Guard and ferry fleets are rusting out faster than they can be replaced and capacity needs to be added to current government programs in order to reduce costs and expedite renewal of the entire federal fleet. The National Shipbuilding Strategy only covers a limited number and type…

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Federal Government seeks proposals for interim services during icebreaking season

Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf the Canadian Coast Guard, has issued two Requests for Supply Arrangements (RFSA) to address a short- term need in the Canadian Coast Guard’s delivery of additional services on the Saint-Lawrence and the Great Lakes. These supply arrangements will allow the Coast Guard to continue to deliver high quality and critical services to Canadians such as providing navigation support and icebreaking for safe transportation of commercial goods through Canadian waters as well supporting environmental response. These services will be used when necessary, to complement Coast Guard’s…

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Master Mariners of Canada Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Master Mariners of Canada is celebrating 50 years of encouraging a high and honorable standard of ability and professional conduct among senior officers of the Canadian Merchant Service. To mark the occasion, a special conference is being held in conjunction with the Master Mariners of Canada Annual General Meeting in Vancouver – the location of the organization’s founding in 1967. The theme of the conference is: Mitigating Risk in Marine Transportation: are moratoriums necessary in the 21st century? “We exist in part to promote and maintain efficient and friendly cooperation…

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