BMT Fleet Technology Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, recently announced that it had been awarded a 12-month, $9.8 million design project to further develop the Contract Design as one possible option for the Canadian Forces’ new Joint Support Ship (JSS).
Following BMT Fleet Technology’s successful completion of the JSS Preliminary Design, the award of JSS Contract Design is a significant milestone in nearly a decade of close cooperation with the JSS Project Office.
The Joint Support Ship (JSS) project is a Government of Canada capital acquisition project to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s ageing Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ships. Canada’s current procurement strategy includes the assessment and evaluation of two design options: a custom design developed by BMT Fleet Technology and an existing, off-the-shelf design of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ Berlin Class.
BMT Fleet Technology of Ottawa has been supporting the JSS project since December 2002 through a series of individual taskings issued under an Engineering, Logistics, and Management Support Services Contract. These taskings have included a broad range of engineering and design studies analyzing and addressing such areas as system requirements, naval ship rules, concept design, ship performance modeling, general arrangements and layouts, pollution control, crewing concepts, system operations, ship sub-systems design, in service support concepts and through life cost analyses.
Gordon Fleming, President of BMT Fleet Technology, commented: “The award of the JSS Contract Design underscores the Royal Canadian Navy’s confidence in our abilities to successfully manage and execute a design project of this magnitude and importance.”
He continued: “We intend to deliver a world-class solution for JSS, and have been aggressively growing and strengthening our Canadian design team to achieve this. BMT Fleet Technology will also capitalize on the expertise, capabilities, and synergies available across the BMT group. The JSS project will draw on naval architects, structural engineers, marine systems engineers and combat systems engineers from all four of BMT Fleet Technology’s offices in Canada, as well as talent with BMT sister companies.”