Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) recently issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for a dozen mid-shore patrol vessels (MSPV). The details of the RFP were posted on Merx, a website with links to government contract opportunities, starting March 31, closing May 22.
Intended to provide Canada with a presence in Canadian waters to discourage threats and illegal activities, the MSPVs will serve the Fisheries Conservation and Protection Program, as well as maritime security organizations including Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP and Canada's international maritime partners.
The vessels, which are to be used for Canada's east and west coasts as well as the Great Lakes, must have an LOA of between 37 to 43 metres and a steel mono-hull based on an existing parent design that has been in service for a minimum of two years. The MSPVs must also be based on a design that has 1,000 hours of proven in-service operation. The vessels will be required in two designs, a MSPV Maritime Security configuration equipped with two rigid hull inflatable boats and a Conservation and Protection configuration with the ability to accommodate two rigid hull inflatable boats.