The ship-to-shore connector will be deployed from the Joint Support Ships (JSS) or MV Asterix. They will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and equipment from the ship to the shore. They will enable the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to respond more rapidly to operations and joint actions ashore.
“This investment will allow the Royal Canadian Navy to provide support where vessels cannot berth, to deliver relief supplies for people in need, and to accomplish the difficult work we ask of them. The ship-to-shore connector systems will provide greater flexibility to our CAF and become a key component of mission success.”
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
This contract was awarded through a competitive process as part of the overall Joint Support Ship project budget. Of the five ship-to-shore connector systems we are acquiring, four will be kept aboard our two Joint Support Ships, the fifth one will be available for maintenance work and be used for training.
The modular and configurable ship-to-shore connectors will adapt to almost any mission. They could be used as a temporary jetty anchored to the shoreline, as a large barge to assist in ship maintenance and repair, or to perform evacuation operations.
The future Protecteur-class Joint Support Ships will resupply deployed ships at sea and will have the ability to accompany our warships in all environments. This will extend the time a naval task group can remain at sea, eliminating the need to leave an operational area or return to port for resupply.