OTTAWA, June 3 (UPI) -- A design by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada for Royal Canadian Navy support ships has been selected by the Canadian government.
The Joint Support Ships, part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, will supply fuel, ammunition, spare parts, food and water to deployed Navy Groups and also provide a home base for maintenance and operation of helicopters.
"The selection of the Joint Support Ship design was conducted through a transparent assessment process, involving multiple government departments and third party advisers, based on three criteria: operational capability, affordability, and the cost and schedule risks associated with building the ship," the government said.
"The process was monitored by audit firm KPMG, as an independent third-party. First Marine International, a recognized firm of shipbuilding experts, provided ship construction costing expertise."
The government had commissioned BMT Fleet Technology and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada for designs. BMT provided a new ship design while ThyssenKrupp provided an off-the-shelf design.
The government will give the design to Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd to review in preparation for actual production