A Quebec shipbuilder has been singled out for the construction of two new ferries for eastern PEI.
The federal government has announced an Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN), signalling its intention to enter into a contract with Chantier Davie of Lévis, Quebec. The new ferries will replace the MV Holiday Island, which sails between Wood Islands and Caribou, Nova Scotia and the (MV) Madeleine which connects Souris with the Magdalen Islands.
Other contractors have until June 7 to submit a proposal.
However, in a government press release, officials stated “The Government of Canada conducted industry analysis, which concluded that Chantier Davie is the only known Canadian shipyard with the capacity, recent experience and capability to build these ferries in the required time frame.”
What that time frame is was not stated.
A line in the federal budget released in March 2019 stated three ferries in eastern Canada, the two previously mentioned, as well as one for Marine Atlantic, the crown corporation which operates the Newfoundland to Nova Scotia ferry run, will be replaced.
The Holiday Island was built 47 years ago. The MV Madeleine was launched in 1981.