To the Editor: The statements of the author in the June 22 Industry Voices article titled, "B.C. building stalled because of political arrogance," contain inaccuracies regarding BC Ferries' procurement process for new vessels.
BC Ferries uses a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, which is open to all local, national and international vendors and shipyards.
Contrary to the implication of the author, Canadian shipyards have been competitively bidding on BC Ferries new vessels since 1960, the year the company was founded.
In the most recent procurement to which the author refers, Canadian shipyards took out the bid documents, clearly demonstrating they were aware of their eligibility.
Unfortunately, no Canadian shipyards chose to submit a proposal.
BC Ferries conforms to Canadian law and best practices with respect to procurement.
There are no structural impediments in the BC Ferries procurement process that prevents or precludes Canadian firms from competing for BC Ferries construction projects.
In fact, British Columbia shipyards have built three of the last 10 new BC Ferries vessels.
Over the coming years, BC Ferries will make significant capital investments in our fleet.
All RFPs are, and will be, open to all national and international bidders.
President and CEO, BC Ferries