Request for Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels (30000316a)

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Tender Notice - Request for Supply Arrangement (RFSA)


Days until closing
7 years 4 months hence


Publication date
Amendment date
Date closing
2029/12/31 14:00 Atlantic Standard Time (AST)


Region of delivery
  • Canada
End user entity
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Procurement entity
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Region of opportunity
  • World
Tendering procedure
Trade agreement
  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
Reference number
Solicitation number


This bid solicitation cancels and supersedes previous bid solicitation number 30000316 dated January 24, 2022 with a closing of March 25, 2022 at 14 :00 Atlantic Time.


  1. The purpose of this requirement is to establish a list of pre-qualified vessels and vessel charters capable of performing at-sea projects / missions as they relate to different ocean science operations (e.g. oceanography, marine mammal studies, hydrography, etc.) and fisheries science (e.g., stock assessment, biodiversity, habitat management, etc.). The projects / missions at-sea will vary in requirements as they relate to different ocean and fishery operations. The requirements for vessel and vessel charters will also vary depending on the location of the projects / mission(s) (e.g. Atlantic, Pacific, Central and Arctic regions) including both near-shore and offshore missions within Canadian waters as the need arises.
  2. The Request for Supply Arrangements (RFSA) is to establish supply arrangements for the delivery of the requirement detailed in the RFSA to the Identified Users across Canada, including areas subject to Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements (CLCAs).

A Supply Arrangement is established by prequalifying a vessel using our categorization document on the Request for Supply Arrangement (RFSA).

Examples of some potential requirements for vessel operations include:

  • Availability for multiple field programs ranging from 1 to 265 days annually with options for multiple years
  • Ability to perform a variety of oceanographic operations
  • Ability to perform a variety of trawls
  • Ability to support up to 20 science crew for several weeks at a time
  • Ability to catch and allow for processing of large quantities of fish of various species
  • Ability to stay at sea for extended periods (weeks to months) at a time
  • Ability to have mission specific required equipment installed onboard (permanent and non-permanent)

New applicants throughout the RFSA:

The RFSA application process will be posted on the for 7 years with the option to expend if DFO chooses. Bidders may submit bids ONLY during the following months:

July 2022

February 2023

July 2023

February 2024

July 2024

February 2025

July 2025

February 2026

July 2026

February 2027

July 2027

February 2028

July 2028

February 2029

July 2029

Contact information

Contact name
Walker, Kimberly
Contact email
Contact address
301 Bishop Drive
Fredericton  NB
E3C 2M6


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Solicitation documents

FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique download event (English page)Date added
30000316a_-_rfsa_vessel_charters_-_march_2022_-_final_en.pdf000English- 2022-03-31
30000316a_-_rfsa_vessel_charters_-_march_2022_-_final_fr.pdf000French- 2022-03-31


FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique download event (English page)Date added
30000316a_-_30000316_-_vessel_sa_addendum_1_en_and_fr.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-03-31
30000316a_-_30000316_-_vessel_sa_addendum_2_en_and_fr.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-03-31
30000316a_-_30000316_-_vessel_sa_addendum_3_en_and_fr.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-03-31
30000316a_-_vessel_sa_addendum_4_en_and_fr.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-03-31
en_fr_vessel_certificates_and_regulations.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-03-31
map_nearcoastal_class1.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-03-31
map_nearcoastal_class2.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-03-31
30000316a_-_vessel_sa_addendum_5_en_and_fr.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-06-22
30000316a_-_vessel_sa_addendum_6_en_and_fr.pdfNot availableBilingual- 2022-06-28

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