BC Ferries has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to five pre-qualified shipyards to build three intermediate class ferries to replace the 48-year old Queen of Burnaby and the 49-year old Queen of Nanaimo. The new vessels will be capable of carrying up to 145 vehicles and 600 passengers and crew.
Nine pre-qualified shipyards responded to a Request for Pre-Qualification. An RFP has now been issued to the following shipyards:
• Fiskerstrand Blrt As – Norway
• Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co.KG – Germany
• Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. – Poland
• Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. – Canada
• Sefine Shipyard – Turkey
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government has awarded Damen Shipyards Group an order for a state-of-the-art, 80 m Ice Class ferry, which will operate on the Fogo Island - Change Islands service. Scheduled for delivery in September 2015, the 14-knot ro-ro ferry will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles. The ferry was designed by Canadian engineering firm Fleetway.
Bay of Fundy
Transport Canada has issued a “Public Notice of Ferry Purchase” in order to find a replacement vessel for the 1971-built PRINCESS OF ACADIA. Traveling the 70 kilometers between St-John, New-Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia, she operates on a year-round basis carrying passenger and commercial traffic. The service is operated by Bay Ferries.
The tender closes December 20, 2013. Details can be found at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-MC-028-24146