“The envelope please…”

October 20, 2011

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past day, you are surely aware that the Canadian government has announced the results of their search for two Canadian shipyard to build major vessels, military and civilian (Coast Guard), for the Canadian government. The Conservative government in June 2010 announced a strategy to get much needed shipbuilding underway under the auspice of the National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS). The military “work…

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No holiday in Spain

August 9, 2011

Some of you may have heard of the name, Phil Halliday. If it seems like that name is familiar, but seems from long ago, you are correct, it has been a long time since the name was first mentioned in the media 18 months ago. Phil was a fisherman from Digby, Nova Scotia, who, after a brief voyage to the Caribbean on the retired Coast Guard ship Parizeau, was asked…

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Who’s the busiest person at the Davie Shipyard…

July 22, 2011

…the answer is… its a three way tie between the lawyer’s office, bankruptcy court and the sign shop. That’s a tough call to make! At this point, one might say the sign shop is now the busiest, with the latest twist in the saga of Davie Shipyard in Quebec City. While politician, up until very recently, were extolling the populist virtues of promising even more money to that ferret, Gary…

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NSPS drumbeats

June 30, 2011

Seems the Canadian Government is being very vocal about their intentions for a fair and open bidding process, when it comes to the National Ship Procurement Strategy. The lobbyist are up at arms by the various statements, the most recent one at a military hardware conference in Ottawa, a few weeks ago, where a government minister “scolded” prospective shipyard competitors to forgo the efforts of lobbyist, on their behalf, to…

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Seaspan might benefit from “Miracle”

May 30, 2011

Now, there is something you don’t see everyday. I can’t remember the last time there was any form of agreement between the two major political parties in British Columbia – or credit given to the opposition in a high profile speech. But it did happen today in Victoria. Newly elected Premier of BC, Christy Clark, used her inaugural speech to lend her’s, and the Liberal Party of BC’s support of…

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Floating Green Lab

January 24, 2011

Furthering a story which we brought you over two months ago; UVic (the University of Victoria) is officially confirming the acquisition of the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Tsekoa II. They are also announcing nearly $18 million in funding, from the Federal and Provincial Government for the ship, and an expansion of the Venus project – an underwater observatory in waters of Saanich inlet. The majority of the funding is to…

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UVic goes to sea

November 12, 2010

The University of Victoria (UVic) is acquiring a new research ship. Plans are not final yet, or at least UVic is deferring official comments to an announcement, expected towards the end of this year. What I do know is that UVic is in the final process of “purchasing”, or has already “purchased” outright, the Canadian Coast Guard specialty vessel Tsekoa II. The Tsekoa II was built for the Canadian Federal…

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If ships were as popular as hockey…

September 14, 2010

Lets go political today! I was having a discussion with my parents a few days ago over various topics, but a typical, I believe, discussion between generations emerge as the general trend. My parents were ranting about how things are out of control in today’s world, priorities are all screwed up (paraphrasing) my response is / was that the blame for ills of society are our to bears; we are…

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