Coastal Defence Canadian Coast Guard CCG Procurement March
Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels What Happened to MSPVs and
Fisheries Research Vessels for
the Canadian Coast Guard?
In 2005, the then-Liberal government promised two new classes of vessel as a part of their five-year plan for the
Canadian Coast Guard. Some $276M was promised although not budgeted for
two Off-Shore Fisheries Research Vessels (OSFVs) and four Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPVs). The new
Conservative government pledged to continue this procurement in 2006 but only budgeted enough ($45M) to
cover the CCG operating shortfall. So, what happened to the MSPV and OSFV?
The CCG defines Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels as medium sized patrol vessels of ... 37- 42 metres which
operate up to 120 nautical miles offshore. These vessels carry one or two [ RHIBs ...] and have accommodation for two
fisheries or police officers. The main use [ for MSPVs is] maritime security and fisheries enforcement.
The MSPV (and the OSFV) are, in effect, the small end of the Offshore
Patrol Vessels (OPVs).
The question is: what happened to the promised MSPV and OSFV? With the CCG fleet rusting out and no serious Navy
interest in OPVs, shouldnt these modestly- sized (and relatively inexpensive) patrol vessels have been given
[Update: In the 19 March 2007 Federal Budget, $324M was commited to
build six new ... four mid-shore patrol vessels and two offshore fisheries science vessels. These
four MSPVs were in addition to eight budgeted for in 2006. On 13 July 2007, the government cancelled existing
procurement plans for MSPV citing flaws in the RFP process. Clarifying the RFP will delay the eight 2006 MSPVs by
Below is the original March 2005 DFO/FOC news release announcing the planned procurement of the MSPV and OSFV.
Below that is the relevant segment from a Transport Canada announcement that a further four
MSPVs would be purchased to back up a multi-agency Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Marine Security Op-
erations Centre beginning with an interim DND / RCMP centre. These additional MSPVs were to be crewed
jointly by the RCMP and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Oceans Canada Backgrounder
BG-PR-05-001e March 2, 2005
NEW VESSELS FOR CANADIAN COAST GUARD [CCG]
FOUR NEW MID-SHORE FISHERIES PATROL VESSELS [MSPVs]
These four new vessels will be used primarily for fisheries patrols for domestic overfishing
infractions and conservation and protection enforcement.
They will also be multi-tasked to take part in search and rescue incidents when needed. The vessels will provide
support to the [Canadian] Coast Guards federal marine security partners and will work with the United States
Coast Guard [USCG].
The [MSPV] will be equipped with state-of-the-art electronics for secure communi- cations, will be less than 40
metres [130 feet] on the water-line and have a cruising speed of 25 knots [46 km/h].
A CCG crew of approximately eight will be on board with approximately two [FOC] Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishery
officers. There will be room for potentially 14 people on board.
The vessel will carry up to two fast rescue craft (rigid hull inflatables) for rapid response and boarding of fishing
The patrol vessels will have the capacity to sail out to 120 nautical miles.
THE TWO NEW FISHERIES RESEARCH VESSELS [OSFVs]
These new vessels will be used primarily for DFO fisheries science research into the quantity and health of various
species of fish and shellfish.
Like all CCG vessels, the research vessels will also respond to search and rescue incidents when needed.
The science vessels will be equipped with state-of-the-art wet and dry laboratories for research into comparative
species analysis and will carry acoustics to detect fish density.
They will be approximately 65 metres [213 feet] long and have a cruising speed of 14 knots [26 km/h]. An approximate CCG crew of 12 will
be on board with the possibility for 10 scientists.
The vessels will have the capacity to sail out over 200 nautical miles [370 km].
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Backgrounder [ Marine Security (27 April 2005) ]
Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel Acquisition
This joint RCMP-Canada Coast Guard initiative will establish a major on-water enforcement presence and response
capacity throughout the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System.
The program announced today will permit the Coast Guard to acquire four [MSPV] mid-shore patrol class vessels to
expand the existing east and west coast cooper- ative arrangement between the RCMP and the Coast Guard to the Great
Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. This initiative, together with the establishment of the emergency response teams,
will help deal with localized marine security incidents. In the interim, existing vessels will be deployed to the
area in the summer of 2005.