Providing the Royal Canadian Navy with Greater Flexibility for Ashore Operations

Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Artist rendering of the future Protecteur-class ship replenishing a Canadian vessel at sea.

Through our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we have been, and will continue to be engaged in operations throughout the world. As the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is increasingly called upon to support humanitarian assistance and participate in joint operations ashore, we are investing in the equipment needed to better fulfill these missions.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc.

With these ship-to-shore connector systems, vessels such as our Joint Support Ships will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and equipment from the ship to the shore. They will enable the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to respond more rapidly to operations and joint actions ashore.

As we recapitalize our fleets and equipment, the RCN will continue to excel at sea, providing Canada with first response capabilities across the full spectrum of operations.

Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan toured the Seaspan Vancouver Shipyard – the future birthplace of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Joint Support Ships


“This investment will allow the Royal Canadian Navy to provide support where vessels cannot berth, to deliver relief supplies for people in need, and to accomplish the difficult work we ask of them. The ship-to-shore connector systems will provide greater flexibility to our CAF and become a key component of mission success.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“Today’s announcement is yet another example that the National Shipbuilding Strategy is succeeding in helping to build a strong, sustainable marine sector in Canada that is providing economic benefits and maintaining jobs across the country. Companies of all sizes are benefitting from work through the NSS, as we continue the process of providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the equipment they need to do their important work.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Quick facts

  • This contract was awarded through a competitive process as part of the overall Joint Support Ship project budget.
  • Of the five ship-to-shore connector systems we are acquiring, four will be kept aboard our two Joint Support Ships, the fifth one will be available for maintenance work and be used for training.  
  • The modular and configurable ship-to-shore connectors will adapt to almost any mission. They could be used as a temporary jetty anchored to the shoreline, as a large barge to assist in ship maintenance and repair, or to perform evacuation operations.
  • Our future Joint Support Ships will resupply deployed ships at sea and will have the ability to accompany our warships in all environments. This will extend the time a naval task group can remain at sea, eliminating the need to leave an operational area or return to port for resupply.
  • These systems could also be used for training or in support of other vessels such as the interim oiler, MV Asterix.

Associated links