Irving Shipbuilding has launched an online registry of suppliers for those companies who want to get in at the low tide mark on supplying for the $25-billion shipbuilding work in Halifax over the coming quarter century.

Companies interested in registering can click here to visit the site to which interested suppliers are directed.  There they can complete a form detailing the services and products they have to offer. This collective data will be the go-to database for Irving and will allow the company to get information out on a timely basis for contracts and projects with potential suppliers.

“Although we are only 90 days into a 30-year process, we felt it was crucial to capture the interest expressed by many local, national and global companies in becoming part of the Irving Shipbuilding supply chain,” said Steve Durrell, president of Irving Shipbuilding in a news release. “We’re currently working on laying important groundwork with the federal government, including the recently announced agreement in principle as well as negotiating the contract for the first set of vessels.

“We hope to be in a position to begin production on the first set of vessels in late 2013. No supplier selection related to NSPS programs has taken place as yet. We will only be in a position to begin supplier selection when we finalize those agreements and receive further detail on vessel designs and specifications.”

Since the Irving Shipyard was selected by the federal government in mid-October last year as construction site for twenty-one Canadian combat vessels, Irving Shipbuilding has received more than 550 inquiries about potential opportunities in supplying goods and services to the vessel construction projects—more than several of which are likely from companies in this province. Of course, according to the company, registering to be a supplier doesn’t guarantee contracts. Interested companies must still do the groundwork, but this at least gets them on the radar.

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