Oh, give it rest!

June 6, 2010

Pardon my wholly lack of trust, in this most recent government announcement on Canadian federal shipbuilding plans. Could this issue be flogged any more by politician for cheap public thrills. Countless times over the last twenty years, we have heard these announcements, and year after year, millions of dollars are spent on design and consultations and general bureaucracy, and ultimately end up just like a fart in the wind. I…


Coast guard ship triumph for ABCO

April 18, 2010

A nice little article about a small CG vessel delivery.—- THE INTERIOR is nice and shiny, with that new car smell. The dials sit ready for the engines to fire them up and it feels as if it’s anxious to hit the open road. Or, in this case, the open sea. ABCO Industries Ltd. of Lunenburg has just finished building the CCGS Viola M Davidson, a sophisticated fisheries research vessel…


“Economic conditions”

December 12, 2009

West Coast Canada remains under a great deal of influence cause by the recession, south of the border. With forest products being a major component of the maritime trade on BC’s coast, its been a heck of a few years, felt well before the official recognition of trouble. As such, I was surprised to see that Seaspan’s recent announcement took so long in coming. Last month Washington Marine Group (WMG),…


Shipyards get into shape

From today’s Halifax Chronicle Herald.There is nothing added that is new, but does talk about the proposed new way of building government ships in Canada. For all of the men and woman that are babying the senior citizens of the government fleet along, this is all good news that there will be new ships. Federal funding will see workers through to 2017 By TOM PETERS, Business Reporter, Halifax Chronicle Herald…

September 12, 2009

VicShip moves ahead, 47 feet at a time

September 1, 2009

Victoria Shipyards got the nod to build more “47 footers” for the Canadian Coast Guard. Below is the article from the local paper. Vic Ship has already built the majority of the 47 MLB (Motor Life Boat) in use now, the initial set of seven, were built by Metal Craft, in Ontario. The design was heavily borrowed from the USCG, the biggest difference is Caterpillar engine for the CCG while…


Coasties on the move

August 14, 2009

Usually I don’t write much about the US Coast Guard, but lately they have been releasing press releases with some interesting tidbits. As a matter of fact I must say, I caved in since I usually don’t give much exposure to military matters, as they get plenty of exposure elsewhere. They have a very well refined PR machine, with blogs twitter feeds and lots of exposure, so its hard not…


Scientific Victoria

July 9, 2009

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is not really the most recognized name in ocean science circles, the yocals call it the land of the “newly weds and nearly deads”. The city often sees many visiting cruise ships and mega yachts, but lately, the harbour front is playing host to some pretty neat ships with grand aims of scientific discoveries. First off, the Joides Resolution is back in town for a stopover….


103 years later, Amundsen returns

June 3, 2009

In 1906, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, and six other crew members, completed the first transit of the arctic’s Northwest Passage in a 47 ton sealing boat. 103 years later, the CCGS Amundsen will depart Quebec City’s Coast Guard base, on its latest scientific mission to the polar region. The “medium icebreaker“, is hoped, will be one of a handful of ships to circumnavigate the North American continent. The ship has…