The Mission

Canada’s new fleet of Multi-Purpose Vessels (MPV) will help ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard has the versatile vessels necessary to carry out a variety of mission types across the country. These new vessels will support critical services such as icebreaking in moderate conditions, maritime search and rescue, scientific research, environmental response, emergency towing, maintenance and deployment of buoys, as well as support for offshore fisheries patrols. The Multi-Purpose Vessels will operate year-round on Canada’s eastern and western seaboards within Canada’s Exclusive Economic Zone; in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the St. Lawrence River, and the Great Lakes; in the western and lower Arctic during summer months.

Recent MPV Updates


Length Overall 99.9m Cruising Speed 10.5 knots Power Plant Diesel Electric, Variable speed with DC-Bus
Breadth (Moulded) 20.3 m Top Speed (Ice) 3 knots in 1m ice Classificaton Lloyd’s Polar Class PC4
Design Waterline 6.2 m Range 12000 NM  
Design Displacement 8,535 t Complement 50 Persons  

MPV Virtual Industry Day

Thank you to the almost 600 suppliers who joined us for our virtual MPV Industry Day on June 22, 2021. If you are interested in supplier opportunities with Seaspan Shipyards, tell us about your company on our supplier portal:

  • Unable to attend our virtual MPV Industry Day? Watch recording of the full event below
  • Slide deck available here
  • Answers to additional questions that came in during and after the event, scroll down

Press Play to watch the recorded event.

MPV Industry Day – Additional Questions & Answers

1. I’ve registered on Seaspan’s Supplier Portal but did not receive an email confirmation. What’s next?

Registering is the first step in the supplier engagement process. Although you did not receive an email after your registration, rest assured that our Supply Chain team has received your submission and is reviewing your information in preparation for future MPV RFP opportunities.

If a product or service you supply matches our criteria for what we are looking for, we will reach out to you directly.  Please ensure your contact information in our Supplier Portal is kept up to date.

2. Is additional prequalification required to be selected as a potential supplier for a future MPV RFP package? How will the RFPs be sent out?

If you have registered on Seaspan’s Supplier Portal, there are no additional actions required at this time. When we are ready to release RFP packages, we will communicate next steps for these opportunities through email.

3. Are non-Canadian suppliers being considered for the MPV Program?

Non-Canadian suppliers willing to invest long-term into the Canadian economy through maximizing Canadian content are welcome as potential partners. Canadian content is a primary consideration in Seaspan’s RFP process, in alignment with the Government of Canada’s Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy. This can be accomplished by providing direct Canadian content through procurement of Canadian material and services, and indirectly through investments made in Canada, such as partnerships with Canadian small and medium-sized business, research & development,  and skills development and training opportunities within Canada.

4. Does the Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy apply on all Seaspan programs? What does that mean for a potential supplier for the MPV Program?

Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), Seaspan’s contracts with the Government of Canada are governed by the IRB policy. The IRB policy requires companies to undertake business activities in Canada valued at 100 percent of the value of the contracts they have been awarded– and is measured in Canadian Content Value (CCV). To meet this obligation, Seaspan is looking to source from Canadian suppliers, wherever commercially reasonable, and the CCV of the goods and services offered by potential Canadian suppliers is a key consideration in our supplier selection process.