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Naval Large Tug Construction – MERX Price & Availability Enquiry – December 2012

Future CF Harbour Tugs – The Naval Large Tug Construction Project
Replacing the CF Glen and Fire Class Large Tugs  – MERX P&A Notice

The Royal Canadian Navy has seven large harbour tugs. Five of  these are Glen class large tugs [1] while the other two are Fire class rescue boats (which can perform as tractor tugs if needed). [2]  Both towboat types are considered Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessels (and are manned by civilians) and, in future, DND intends to combine their two roles in a single class.

These tug boat classes are based in Esquimalt and  Halifax. [3]  The Glen class large tugs were built in 1975-77 and the Fire class were built in 1978. And that age has begun to show.[4] This Price & Availability enquiry is to elicit  from industry  whether any existing tug designs can adequately perform the combined role of a large harbour tug and of  fire rescue boat.

Fortunately, tugboat design is an area where Canadian industry has maintained its skills set. One example is Vancouver-based naval architects, Robert Allan Ltd (recently mentioned in the ACAN for  fuel cells for CCG OFSVs). In 2010, maritime engine builder and power system integrator, Wärtsilä, signed a cooperation agreement with Robert Allan Ltd. This industrial giant from Finland had recognized Robert Allan's unrivaled reputation in the design of tugs.

Having designed the original Fire class rescue boats, it'd be no surprise if a new Robert Allan design were to be chosen to fit the Naval Large Tug Construction requirement. But who might build these new tugs is another matter.  Robert Allan tug designs have been built in West and East coast shipyards. Another name to watch is the Netherlands'  Damen  with its Stan Tugs. Damen might have fewer tugboats in Canadian waters but has recent experience with sales to the Canadian Government with Irving Shipbuilding delivering Stan Patrol 4207s to the CCG.

Also see the Naval Large Tug Construction Project page in CASR 's Background section.

[1] The 28.95 m Glens are: CFAV Glendyne (YTB 640), Glendale ('641), Glenevis ('642), Glen- brook ('643), Glenside ('644); 23.1 m Fire class are: Firebird (YTR 561) and Firebrand ('562).

[2] The Fire class tugs have a bollard pull of  7.5 tons but are really dedicated fire and rescue boats which can discharge 19,000L of water per minute (at 150 psi) from three nozzles (or 'fire monitors' ) positioned at the bow, stern, and above the wheel-house. Fire class rescue tugs also have twin 250 gallon (1,136.5 litre) tanks for fire suppressant foam in concentrated form.

[3] CFAV Glendyne, Glendale, and  Firebrand are based at  HMC Dockyard Esquimalt while  CFAV Glenevis, Glenbrook, Glenside, and  Firebird  (see footnote 4 below ) are at  Halifax.

[4] As of  10 Dec 2012, CFAV Firebird is at Irving's Shelburne, NS repair yard for a 10-week refurbishment project (which includes corrosion control / paintwork and propulsion repairs).


NAVAL LARGE TUG CONSTRUCTION PROJECT [ Future CF Harbour Tugs ]  –  MERX  Price and Availability (P&A)

Reference Number                PW-$$MC-023-23383
Solicitation Number              W8472-13NLTE/A
Organization Name               Public Works and Government Services Canada
                                                 Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID                               FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components     Yes


Published     2012-12-04
Revised         –
Closing         2013-01-18  02:00 PM  Eastern Standard Time  EST


Category                             Marine
GSINS                                  N1990:  VESSELS, MISCELLANEOUS
Region of Delivery            Quebec
Region of Opportunity     —
Agreement Type                Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type                       Price and Availability (P&A)
Estimated Value                  —
Solicitation Method           —

Notice Description


Nature of Requirements:


1 - Background

[DND]intends to replace its fleet of large tugs currently deployed in both HMC Dockyards Halifax in Nova Scotia and Esquimalt in British Columbia. It is expected that the requirement will provide for the construction, test, trial and delivery of six large tugs. The large tugs intended to be replaced are the five Glen Class tugs and the two Fire Class tugs. The information resulting from this Price and Availability (P&A) Enquiry will be used for confirming cost estimates.

2 - Who should respond to this Price and Availability Enquiry

Any company that qualifies under the Canadian Shipbuilding, Repair, Refit and Moderniz- ation Policy may provide their input to this P&A Enquiry. However, the selected companies and/or their subsidiaries under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy will be required to follow the provisions of Section 10 of the Umbrella Agreement [...]

3 - Requirements

A General Statement of Operational Requirements (SOR) as an annex completes this P&A Enquiry which provides in general terms the expected performances the tugs will have to meet. It is expected that commercial tug designs actually in service will meet all requirements listed in the SOR with minor or no significant modifications.

Design Characteristics:

Daily in harbour operations consisting of hot or cold moves of existing and future warships up to 25,000 tons;
Assisting in closing harbour gates, delivering supplies or fresh water, buoy operations and other routine harbour tasks;
Twin engine/propulsion plant capable of delivering an approximate bollard pull of 40 tons or an equivalent total power of 4,000 BHP. Suppliers are invited to comment on proposed propulsion plant;
Fire fighting capability (FiFi 1);
Full speed of at least 12 knots;
Preferred length overall not to exceed 33 metres;
Draft shall not exceed 6 meters;
Modern configuration that includes ergonomic features enabling a single person operation from the conning position for any projected evolution in any direction;
The vessels will be operated by a civilian crew holding Transport Canada certification;
The vessels are to be built according to Transport Canada Near Coastal Voyage Class I Regulations and Standards and to a Transport Canada recognised classification society and, Crew size, range and hotel capacity as detailed in attached general SOR.

Harbour Tug Modified Operational Requirements:

Reduced range; Reduced crew size and hotel capacity; Reduced crane capacity and, Voyage changed to Near Coastal Voyage Class II.

Note: For ease of reference, a comparative table at the end of the SOR document has been included where are further detailed the above reduced operational requirements.

Canada does not consider the above list or SOR content to be conclusive, nor does the Department of National Defence have any preference for a specific design.

4 - Additional Technical Information

The Technical Statement of Requirements document can be made available upon request. It will provide further details regarding general and specific requirements pertaining to the hull, propulsion system, electrical end electronic systems, auxiliary systems and outfitting. As required, any company may comment, raise any discrepancy or propose a change to any aspects of the technical document, particularly if any requirements in the document would require a significant change to an available design.

5 - Price and Availability Enquiry required information

Short description of proposed in service design(s) and extent of changes if applicable required to meet the general SOR. Your recommendation regarding the propulsion plant. Your interest in participating in a solicitation for the acquisition of the subject tugs.

Price per unit that will include the construction, test and trial for:
A configuration meeting all requirements
A configuration meeting modified requirements for a harbour tug
Price per unit for delivery to both HMC Dockyards.
Other associated indirect costs including a separate line for design costs.

6 - Questions and Responses

Any questions and responses to this Price & Availability Enquiry shall be forwarded by e-mail to the Contracting Authority. Note that the Project Team will be off during the Holiday Season which may delay responses to questions submitted during that period.

7 - Requested Submission Date

It is requested that the above information be submitted to the Contracting Authority by 18th January 2013. [...]  Allen Bilodeau - Supply Team Leader  [...]

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