Canada to Award C$33 Billion Ship Contract This Afternoon, Official Says

The Canadian government will announce today the winning bidders in a C$33-billion ($33 billion) procurement project to build ships for the Canadian Navy and Coast Guard.

Three shipyards -- Davie Canada, Vancouver-based Seaspan Marine Corp. and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. of Halifax, Nova Scotia -- submitted bids in July on the tender, the biggest government procurement in Canada’s history. The winning bids will be announced at 4:05 p.m. Ottawa time, the government said in an e-mailed advisory.

The project consists of two components: one to build 15 warships and six patrol ships, and another to build as many as eight non-combat vessels, including support ships and a polar icebreaker.

Davie, which was acquired in July by Upper Lakes Group Inc. of Toronto, only bid for the non-combat portion, the official said.

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