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Marine Industry Baseline Study (MIBS)



  Reference Number 256210
  Solicitation Number IC 401209
  Organization Name Industry Canada / Industrie Canada
  Source ID FD.DP.ON.6876.C46053
  Associated Components Yes


  Published 2012-11-05
  Closing 2012-12-12 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST


  Category Professional, Administrative and Management Support Services
  GSINS R0: Professional Services
  Region of Delivery National Capital Region
  Region of Opportunity North America
  Agreement Type NAFTA/AIT
  Tender Type Request for Proposal (RFP)
  Estimated Value $100,001 - $250,000
  Solicitation Method Open

Notice Description

  Marine Industry Baseline Study (MIBS)


It has been more than 20 years since the last major, federal shipbuilding project was undertaken in Canada. As a result, Industry Canada has had a relative lack of visibility into the sector and a somewhat incomplete understanding of its relative strengths and capabilities. However, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is about to launch a new era in naval and coast guard procurement at the federal level, one that is expected to have a significant and sustained impact on the industry and related subsectors over the next 30 years. This presents an opportune time for a baseline study to capture a snapshot of marine industry’s pre-NSPS characteristics.
Industry Canada’s responsibilities with the NSPS will include the management of the Value Proposition (VP) and the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) policy. The VP is a unique component of the NSPS. In recognition of the nature of the long-term strategic sourcing arrangement with the Government of Canada, the shipyards selected to build large vessels made commitments to contribute to the health of the Canadian marine industry over the long term. As such, the NSPS shipyards will invest the equivalent of 0.5% of the value of any NSPS resultant contract, entirely at their own expense, into three priority areas: human resource development, technology investment, and industrial development activities.
The IRB policy is not unique to procurements under the NSPS, as the IRB policy applies to most Government of Canada defence and security procurements (including marine projects involving shipbuilding and In-Service Support (ISS)) that are exempt from international trade agreements to which Canada is a signatory. The IRB Policy provides the framework for using federal government defence and security procurements to lever long term industrial and regional development. Canada’s IRB Policy requires prime contractors to undertake business activities in Canada that total 100 percent of the value of the defence or security contract they have been awarded by the Government of Canada. For further information please refer to the IRB website at:
The MIBS is intended to allow Industry Canada a more complete insight on the extent and capacity of the marine sector as it currently exists, as well as access to the baseline data needed to measure future marine industry related impacts of the NSPS, and related impacts of the VP and the IRB policy. The MIBS will also provide Industry Canada with a deeper knowledge of domestic and international marine markets, the market segments that the Canadian marine industry is best positioned to capitalize on, and the types of tools available to Industry Canada to leverage this knowledge to better support the Canadian marine industry.
The results of the MIBS will also inform Industry Canada’s efforts towards the marine industry, including potential policies and programs, future policy advice and thinking on policy instruments.


The Marine Industry – understanding the players
The MIBS will provide a comprehensive census of key players and capabilities within the marine industry, as well as identify emerging firms and possible cross-sector opportunities (e.g. electronics and other high-technology applications). The working definition of the marine industry for this Request for Proposal is ‘all enterprises engaged in the business of designing, constructing, manufacturing, supplying, repairing, and/or maintaining vessels, or component parts thereof (including research and development for all those activities)’. The study will build on this definition to ensure it is inclusive and optimal.
In doing so, the MIBS will build on the following non-exhaustive list of examples of specific sectors and sub-sectors:
Ocean Technology
    Radar and Sonar (Acoustics)
    Communications equipment
    Imaging equipment
    Geomatics
    Marine robotics
    Sub-sea vehicles

    Shipbuilding (new build for commercial and federal fleets)
    Ship repair (repair, refit, modification and life extensions)
    Offshore oil and gas structures (topside and rig construction and upgrade)    

Industrial marine
    Steel fabrication
    Pipe fabrication
    Modules
    Marine mechanical services

In-Service Support
    Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
    Supply Support electronic systems

Specialization Support
    Ship design/marine architects
    Various engineer disciplines
    Training, simulation and e-learning
    Translation
    ILS services

General Manufacturing/Fabrication
    Composites
    Electronic manufacturing (including build to print)
    Precision machining (including build to print)
    Construction and other infrastructure (including harsh environments)
Systems Integrators

Combat systems

Integrated platform management systems

Propulsion systems

The MIBS will improve Industry Canada’s understanding on a micro, or firm level, by providing general information (e.g. size of company, market share, revenues, employment, experience, expertise and skills, affiliations to other companies and other sectors, foreign investment) on marine industry companies (including active research institutions and those with the potential to conduct R&D and enable commercialization activities).
The MIBS will also classify the various marine industry businesses according to the sub-sectors above (and any additional sub-sectors identified), and identify the various tiers the companies occupy within the industry.
Leveraging a better understanding of the marine industry
In order to gain a better macro or cross-sectoral understanding of the marine sector, the MIBS will provide an analysis of current and known future public and private marine markets, and identify areas of current and prospective competitive strength (domestically & internationally) within the industry, and potential instruments that would enable these areas of competitive strength. This will include an analysis of the Canadian marine industry’s ability to meet future federal and other marine procurements requirements, an analysis of current and likely future capacity gaps in the Canadian marine industry, and recommendations as to how to address any gaps.
The MIBS will also allow continued improvement in Industry Canada’s understanding of the marine industry by providing recommendations for performance indicators, and on forward looking trends that should be monitored (including how to refresh these indicators and remain current on developing trends). These recommendations will incorporate the baseline data the MIBS provides in order to measure, in a discrete manner, the economic and other impacts of:
(a)    the VP on the Canadian marine sector;
(b)    the IRB policy on the Canadian marine industry; and,
(c)    the NSPS on the Canadian marine sector.
Together, the analysis in the MIBS will meet the strategic goal of allowing the Industry Canada to:
•    provide advice to the marine industry that will help shape successful plans to address future marine market operational and technical requirements (including research and development);
•    identify current and emerging areas of strength within the marine industry; and,
•    help position marine industry entities so that they may exploit future market opportunities.


The scope of work for the MIBS will include:
1. Understanding the pressures facing the marine sector
•    A literature review (including NSPS studies on industry gaps) that shapes a description of: the marine industry in Canada (including any updates to the working definition of the marine sector); global and domestic demand; other country’s experiences with domestic shipbuilding programs; and the Canadian industry’s position in the global context.
•    A horizon scan and gap analysis (e.g. technology, capabilities and skills, capacity, etc.) of the Canadian marine sector, including major anticipated projects (including ISS) and the role of the Canadian marine industry in the global supply chain.
•    A description and analysis of strengths/weaknesses/ opportunities/threats (SWOT analysis) of the marine industry in Canada, both in a domestic and global context.
2. Understanding the entities in the marine sector
•    The development of a pan-Canadian marine entity list by firm and cluster/sectors/sub-sectors (as appropriate), including less prevalent (e.g. electronics/ IT) and emerging (e.g. ocean technology) sectors, and an assessment of firm’s capabilities (including whether or not specific firm strengths lie more within the Naval, Commercial/Civil, or both spheres). This list should include relevant research entities, and be matched with North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes where possible.
•    A description of the level of domestic and foreign investment into the Canadian marine sector to develop capabilities and gain/grow access to markets/niches.
3. Understanding how to help build a stronger marine sector
•    An assessment of areas of strength (including roles in supply chains) of the various sector/sub-sector/cluster/firms, the potential for (domestic and international) growth and possible enablers, and encumbrances to that growth (including research/ tech development).
•    An assessment of the competitive pressure of the Canadian Marine industry and of the capacity for the domestic marine sector to address the investments needed to grow the industry once the requirements of marine projects underway/anticipated have been accounted for.
•    An identification of government (federal/provincial/municipal) and private sector tools for assisting the marine sector’s capacity to develop additional capabilities and grow. An assessment of the potential of these tools, as well as other supports, could be used to help marine industry companies excel; and the identification of, and recommended instruments to address, any gaps.
•    Recommended performance indicators and the identification of trends to monitor that will help assess industry capability and development over time, including baseline values pre-NSPS, as well as a methodology for refreshing the values. These indicators should take into account the objectives of the VP, the IRB policy and the NSPS in recommending methods to help measure their respective impacts on the marine sector.



Contracting Authority

  Name Eric Leroux
  Address 235 rue Queen
235 Queen Street
Room 219B
  City Ottawa
  State / Province ON
  Country Canada
  Postal Code K1A 0H5
  Phone (613)960-6770
  Fax (613)943-8114
  Website URL

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