Cutting steel in BC

June 20, 2012

MV Galena 1997 Last week, without much fanfare, the BC provincial government announced the awarding of a 26.5 million dollar ship building contract to Water Bridge Steel of Prince George to build a new ship.  The 250 passenger, 80 car, roll on roll off ferry will be built in the tiny hamlet of Nakusp, BC, on the shore of Upper Arrow Lake, in the “interior” of the province. The new…

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Yet one more…

June 16, 2012

General Walter Natynczyk from CBC Yet another news story of note, to me anyways, again from the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national papers, is about the Canadian military’s top dog, General Walter Natynczyk lamenting the lack of steel cutting for new ships. I know the military is used to getting whatever it wants, but hey, welcome to the party General; just imagine how the Coast Guard guys feel…

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Mr. Duck goes to Ottawa

April 13, 2012

I am at the airport now, about to leave Ottawa after five days here, heading back home for a few days before going back to sea. I arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, and enjoyed our nation’s capital by visiting the parliament building, the war museum, and extensively walking around the downtown core, taking in the sights and experiences. On Tuesday, the true purpose of my visit, attending Mari Tech 2012,…

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“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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Danger, what danger

September 24, 2011

The beauty of working in the maritime field is that there is always something new to learn about. The other day I heard about the German Rescue Tug Nordic; so, nothing new here, its another tug, big deal, you might say. Well this one is pretty technologically advance, because of what it can do, in what situation. By now, we’ve learn to built some pretty powerful tugs that can operate…

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Welcome home Mariner

August 5, 2011

Canada’s newest ship, is fully loaded with its first cargo of iron ore, and proceeding up the St Lawrence Seaway onto Hamilton. We passed the Algoma Mariner shortly before lunch today, just upstream of Quebec City. A new ship is always an impressive sight, especially since it is so rare in these parts. The ship’s genesis came about a few years back, when Algoma decided to rebuilt two older ship,…

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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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Reaching out to the “public”

July 9, 2011

Seaspan recently launched a “Were in it to win it” National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) website. The company aims to get the word out on its advantages, over the other Canadian yards, competing for the federal shipbuilding contracts. The website is very sharp looking and well put together. Seaspan and Irving both opposed the extension on the bid deadline, requested by the other two competitors, Seaway Marine and Davie. Obviously…

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