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As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy,  Seaspan Shipyards will design and build a Polar Icebreaker, the flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet. Canada’s Polar Icebreaker will be 150 metres long and 28 metres wide, and able to accommodate up to 100 personnel. It will be able to operate farther north, in more difficult ice conditions and for longer periods than any icebreaker Canada has.

Thank you to the hundreds of suppliers who joined us for our virtual Polar Icebreaker Industry Day. If you are interested in supplier opportunities with Seaspan Shipyards, tell us about your company on our supplier portal:

  • Unable to attend? Watch recording of the full event below
  • Slide deck available here
  • Answers to additional questions that came in during and after the event will be added to this page in the coming weeks


Polar Icebreaker 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 Polar 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 Polar 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 Polar 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 Polar 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.