Lack of Expertise, Poor Negotiating at Root of Quebec Ferry Fiasco, Auditor General Finds
“STQ (Société des traversiers du Québec)’s procurement of ropax F.-A.-GAUTHIER was doomed from the start because of a lack of in-house expertise and the lack of experience at the negotiating table,” says a “Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly for 2020-2021, October 2020”
- STQ did not have all the expertise to successfully carry out the project to build a ship of the scale of the MV F.-A.-Gauthier and was unable to obtain the resources necessary to make up for that shortcoming.
- The process used to select the shipbuilder was not in line with naval industry practices.
- STQ was unable to capitalize on several areas of negotiation with the shipbuilder.
- The measures put in place by STQ to mitigate risks in the event of the interruption of an essential ferry service were insufficient.