Minor Warships and Auxiliary Vessels

SNC-Lavalin is the supplier of choice for the Royal Canadian Navy through its In-Service-Support program

As the design agent for about 25 classes of vessels, we respond to support calls in an area that stretches from the Arctic to the Caribbean and from Hawaii to Europe. Every year, we perform some 14,000 work orders to keep the Royal Canadian Navy’s Minor Warships and Auxiliary Vessels’ (MWAV) fleet in top operating order.

Our specialized team of experts includes designers, surveyors, technical data managers, maintenance planners, ship managers, and operations managers. 

Support services as broad as the ocean itself

We support a vast range of ships and systems, and have experience covering everything from repairing ship hulls to installing a new state-of-the-art-operations room aboard a Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel (MCDV). New designs, repairs, spare parts and remote-control defence equipment installation are all part of our comprehensive service offering.

A longstanding relationship with the Canadian armed forces

In 1992, the Government of Canada awarded us an initial contract to engineer, procure, and construct 12 MCDV’s for the Royal Canadian Navy. Three years later, a maintenance contract to provide in-service support to these vessels was competitively tendered and awarded to SNC-Lavalin.

Having delivered the MCDV’s on schedule and with no cost overruns, we were awarded three subsequent In-Service-Support contracts to maintain the Navy’s MWAV’s. A 2011 contract involved servicing the 12 MCDVs, eight ORCA Class vessels, a fleet of 22 auxiliary vessels, and the Royal Canadian Navy’s oldest vessel, a 1921 sailing training yacht, the ORIOLE.

In 2013, fifteen vessels were added to the contract and in 2015, eighteen more, bringing the total to 76. These include seven yard-diving tenders, two torpedo and sounding range support vessels, four auxiliary vessels and two liquid barges.

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