Irving company awarded $72 million contract to manage technical documents for Canadian navy frigates


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Fleetway in Halifax has been awarded a $72 million contract to manage technical documentation and engineering drawings for the Royal Canadian Navy’s frigates.

The contract covers a six-year period, with options to extend for up to 22 years. The total contract would eventually be valued at $522 million.

Fleetway is owned by the Irving family.

The contract will provide a full range of technical data management and systems engineering support services for the navy’s fleet of Halifax-class ships, according to a news release from the Department of National Defence. “This contract will secure an expert team to store and manage thousands of critical ship documents, in addition to producing complex designs to support the installation of new equipment on board the ships,” the release stated.

It’s unclear why the Royal Canadian Navy couldn’t manage its own ship-related documents.

All technical documentation, manuals, and engineering drawings of ship systems/equipment must be regularly updated to track any changes following maintenance or upgrades, the DND added. The information is used to help monitor the state of the ship, and is also used by maintenance crews to support ongoing work.