(Robert Allan Ltd./Canadian Coast Guard)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued a news release this weekstating that the Government has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking industry feedback on the next generation of 18-21 Coast Guard lifeboats. The intention is to engage with Canadian shipyards in Canada that would be potential suppliers prior to a formal procurement process. Yards, other than the two selected under the NSPS to build the large vessels will be able to compete in the new procurement processes on a project-by-project basis. The new self-righting lifeboats will be capable of operations up to 100 nautical miles from shore and construction could begin as early by the end of this year.