GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to providing the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment it needs to keep Canada's waterways safe and accessible.
Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, has awarded a $1.6-million contract (including taxes) to Keystone Supplies International Ltd., from Richmond, British Columbia, for the acquisition of 980 mooring equipment units (including chains, shackles and assemblies) and anchors. The contract includes options to acquire up to 130 additional equipment units.
The Canadian Coast Guard will use this equipment to maintain in place marine navigation buoys deployed in the St. Lawrence River shipping channel and help Canadians get the goods they need through our waterways.
The initial contract will maintain three jobs at Keystone Supplies International Ltd.
"Our government is investing to provide new and better equipment to the Canadian Coast Guard. This contract award is a prime example of what we are doing to enable the safe transport of goods on our waterways, while providing opportunities for businesses in British Columbia."
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
"With this contract we are making sure the Canadian Coast Guard has the tools and equipment they need to keep Canadian waters safe. This investment demonstrates our government's commitment to having a world-leading marine safety system and continued support of the important work the Canadian Coast Guard performs."
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- The first delivery of the mooring equipment units and anchors is expected in October 2018 to the Canadian Coast Guard.
- The St. Lawrence River shipping channel provides passage to over 6,000 commercial vessels annually.
- Over 38 million tonnes of cargo, valued at $10 billion (CAD), was moved along the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2017.
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SOURCE Public Services and Procurement Canada
For further information: Ashley Michnowski, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, 819-997-5421; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501, [email protected]