Supplier FAQ

Seaspan – Vancouver Shipyards Update to Suppliers

Thank you for visiting our supplier self-registration page. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to register as a potential supplier to Seaspan by clicking here. We appreciate that more than 1200 organizations (and counting!) have expressed interest in doing business with Seaspan as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Many of you that have already registered with us have been inquiring about next steps in the process. Find below a FAQ that should assist in answering some of your questions.

Are you upgrading your shipyard? How do I become a supplier to that project?

The Shipyard Modernization Project involves the construction and reconfiguration of existing and new facilities at the Vancouver Shipyard to support the upcoming shipbuilding work under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. It includes several new buildings, offices, cranes and other infrastructure, as well as the installation of state-of-the-art equipment. The construction activities are already underway and will result in a modern, efficient shipyard with the capacity to meet the needs of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. The shipyard is an existing facility involved in vessel construction, repair and maintenance, and daily operations will be maintained during the construction of the Project.

SNC Lavalin is Seaspan’s project and construction manager for this project and is handling the procurement on behalf of Seaspan.

I am going to be in Vancouver, can I come by and meet with you?

At this time due to the overwhelming number of requests for meetings we are not able to take unsolicited meetings with potential suppliers. Because we have yet to finalize the design of the first vessel that we are building, we have very limited information on potential equipment and material requirements to share at this time. Suppliers are encouraged to check our website often for updates and bid opportunities. We encourage you to register on the supplier portal if you haven’t already done so.

I registered on your portal – does that mean I am a certified supplier to Seaspan?

No there is an important difference between registering on the Seaspan portal and becoming a certified supplier. By registering you are alerting us about your company and the products and services you have to offer. At this time, we are asking any and all suppliers that wish to do business with us to use our portal to notify us of their interest in doing business with us and what materials, equipment and services they could potentially supply. Registration does not mean that a company is a certified supplier. When we develop our procurement strategies to support upcoming projects and requirements, we will refer to the portal to see if any suppliers have registered to do business with us in the categories that we require. At that point, we will work the registered supplier to verify their supplied information and they will be required to go through a certification process before supplying goods and services to Seaspan.

Why have you already chosen ‘tier one’ suppliers – will there be subcontracting opportunities with those suppliers? Are they bound to the same Canadian Content requirements that you are?

There may be opportunities to supply to our tier one suppliers; however they will be conducting their own sourcing activities. Each of our tier one partners is bound by the same Canadian Content Value parameters as Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards. They will be looking to source Canadian wherever possible. Stay tuned to this web page for news of events and opportunities to speak directly with our tier one suppliers.

Do all of your goods and services have to come from Canada for the new vessel builds?

Seaspan will be looking to source from Canadian suppliers wherever possible. Seaspan is required to meet 100% Canadian Content Value (CCV) for certain contracts awarded by the Government of Canada as part of Seaspan’s work under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Because of this, the CCV of the goods and services offered by potential suppliers is a key factor in our supplier selection process.

I am a non-Canadian company but wish to do business with Seaspan…are there opportunities for me?

As described above, Seaspan will be looking to source from Canadian companies wherever possible. This is to facilitate the development of the shipbuilding supply chain and associated capabilities to support the development of a shipbuilding industry within Canada that will enable Canadian shipyards to compete on a global scale, ultimately. That said, there may be limited opportunities for non-Canadian companies to work with Seaspan. A suggested route may be to partner with a Canadian-owned firm in which organization’s offerings are aligned.