Victoria In-Service Support Contract
In 2005 Canada was faced with significant problems providing in-service support for its Victoria Class submarine fleet and issued a tender for the Victoria In-Service Submarine Contract (VISSC).
The scope of the VISSC included:
- Project management
- Records and logistics support
- Engineering support
- Maintenance support
As the UK leader for In-Service Submarine Support, Babcock teamed with Weir (Canada) to bid in Joint Venture (JV) for the contract and the JV was awarded the contract in July 2008.
The JV was re-branded in 2011 to Babcock Canada Inc, a division of the Babcock International Group of companies.
The contract required Babcock Canada to execute a start-up program that included setting up three new offices across Canada, establishing the financial and computer systems and ramping up to a planned delivery team of over 100 for the duration of the 15 year contract.
Babcock Canada established an initial core team of experienced Canadian project managers and engineers, the majority of whom were ex-naval officers. The core team was also augmented by a small group of secondees from Babcock’s parent company in the UK, which had direct experience of the processes and systems to support the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet.
This core team built the secure infrastructure needed by the new business and worked with the customer to tailor the processes that were used by SSMG in the UK to align with the new contract. The contract start-up review was successfully completed with the client in October 2008. As part of this review Babcock Canada had to meet contract requirements to deliver a suite of management plans covering all in-scope contract disciplines.
Following the initial start-up, Babcock Canada has continued to grow and has now established facilities in Victoria, British Columbia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Ottawa, Ontario.