Our suppliers are an essential part of Irving Shipbuilding’s ability to meet the needs of our customers, which include the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Coastguard, owners of commercial vessels, and the energy industry. In every case, customers rely on Irving Shipbuilding to integrate and deliver products, services and technology from our external suppliers, and major subcontractors into the ships and offshore equipment that we provide. 

The Mission for our supply chain is to provide, build, and maintain quality materials and services which satisfy our customers’ needs whilst building lasting relationships, managing risk, and optimizing costs.

Our Supply Chain Principles include:

  • Building positive relationships that meet performance expectations and contractual obligations
  • A shared focus on the needs of the customer
  • Openness and transparency in operations
  • Shared and stretching improvement goals
  • Mutual respect of the business objectives of Irving Shipbuilding and the supplier

We value most highly our suppliers from the Canadian Marine Industry in every province, but in addition we have suppliers from the USA, Europe and Asia who play an important part in our shipbuilding programs.

We select suppliers based on four primary considerations:

  • Capability to meet the functional requirements of the vessel
  • Value optimization and commercial terms
  • Canadian work content
  • Compliance with our customers’ expectations and contracts

Suppliers chosen in support of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy are in particular expected to provide 100% Industrial and Regional Benefits through direct or indirect activities, and provide better value to Canada including contributing to the development of sustainable marine industry in Canada.

We measure suppliers based on performance against cost, quality, delivery and responsiveness. All products are expected to be delivered on time, and in the case of materials and equipment in a window that starts two weeks earlier than the contractual delivery date and finishes no more than three days after this date. We expect competitive, stable and predictable costs and cost improvement. We expect product to be delivered right – first – time with zero defects. We expect proactive and constructive response to all changes that are required during the implementation of our programs.

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    Supplier Registry

    Irving Shipbuilding has established an online supplier registry, which will allow suppliers to enter relevant information on their organizations.  This is the first step in being considered for future tender and business opportunities.  Register Today!

    Irving Shipbuilding’s Major Subcontractors

    For significant programs, Irving Shipbuilding appoints Major Subcontractors to execute major work packages, typically including the design and supply of complex systems. 

    Supplier FAQs

    Common questions asked by our suppliers and the answers.