Defence, Security & Marine

If you are a supplier to the defence, security and marine industry, our experienced lawyers with an established network of local and international experts are ready to help.

On October 19, 2011, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Secretariat announced the results of the Request for Proposals to build ships under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). The combat package was awarded to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. The 21 ships in the combat package include the Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and the Canadian Surface Combatant Ships. The non-combat package was awarded to Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. The seven ships in the non-combat package include the Navy’s Joint Support Ships, the Canadian Coast Guard’s Offshore Science Vessels, and the replacement Polar Icebreaker.

Whether your needs concern international trade issuers, American secrecy compliance, concerns of European contractors, Aboriginal issues or simply to explain what the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is and how to get involved, Cox & Palmer has the related experience and industry knowledge to advise.

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Registration Under the Controlled Goods Program

Prior to 1999, Canada had enjoyed an exemption to the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) which allowed the importation of certain controlled goods without a license. The United States’ State Department removed Canada’s exempt status over their concerns regarding the potential for such goods to be obtained by criminals or terrorists. Canada’s response was to create the Controlled Goods Program (“CGP”) which regulates access to controlled goods and technologies, including ITAR-controlled goods. As a result of implementing the CGP, Canada is once again able to rely on an exemption to ITAR.

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Certification: A Step Above the Competition

For many businesses, competing for – and winning – contracts is crucial for success. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, obtaining and complying with internationally recognized certifications can be an effective way to help a company stand out from their competition. Certifications confirm that your business, products, or employees meet a certain standard of efficiency, quality control, or competency.

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Shipbuilding: IRB Policy and the Benefits of Public-Private Consortia

In October 2011, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Secretariat awarded Irving Shipbuilding Inc. a $25 billion contract to build combat vessels for Canada. To ensure high value-added business activity for Canadian industries, the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy requires companies who have won government defence and security contracts to undertake business activities in Canada equal to 100% of the contract value.

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