Canadian Armed Forces awards boat support contract to BC RHIB builder

An interceptor RHIB built by Zodiac for the Royal Canadian Navy (Photo: Royal Canadian Navy/Zodiac)

Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the country’s Department of National Defence, has awarded a CA$16.5 million (US$13 million) contract to Zodiac Hurricane Technologies of Delta, British Columbia, for inspection, repair, and overhaul work, on an as-required basis, on the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) inflatable rubber boats and rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs).

The essential maintenance and support services provided by this contract will ensure the CAF’s fleet of inflatable boats remains capable of meeting current and future operational demands for missions such as search and rescue, dive support, fishery patrols, boarding party operations, and the transfer of personnel and equipment.

Work under this contract is expected to run from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023, with options to extend the contract up to three years.

The work will also include tests and trials, disposal, storage, shipping and transport, as well as field maintenance and engineering support. The scope of work will be on an as-required basis, depending on the condition of the boats throughout their serviceable life.

The contract will support the CAF’s current fleet of over 1,000 inflatable rubber boats and 260 RHIBs, the CAF’s future dive boats, the Canadian Army’s 12-man assault boats, and the new multi-role boats being acquired by the Royal Canadian Navy.

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