Tenacity will lead to Friendship in Nanaimo

December 2, 2013

Island Tenacity, readied for Nanaimo Picture IFSL Tonight, the City Council of Nanaimo is holding a special meeting to hear from residents, about the proposal before them, by Island Ferry Service Ltd of Victoria. They are seeking approval, and some concessions, from the city in a bid to bring back foot passenger ferry between the Harbour City and Vancouver. In the past, several ventures have failed at this, for various…

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First day of the 2012 navigational season

March 23, 2012

Welland Canal It was a bright sunny day, unseasonably warm in Port Weller today. Port Weller is ten minutes outside downtown St Catherines, in southern Ontario. It is home to Lock One of the Welland Canal, part of the St Lawrence Seaway System, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean using the various lakes and the St Lawrence River. Today marked the official opening of the 2012 navigational season…

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Where does the time go…

February 14, 2012

I’ve been in the shipyard for the last three weeks, in Port Weller, to be exact. Our tug and barge are up for their surveys. Nothing too major, well except for that expensive steel repair bill. I’ve kept my head down, trying to get as much done as possible with the aim, like most engineers, to make sure things don’t break down later, when you really need them. Of course…

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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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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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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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Korean giant gains foothold in Nova Scotia

June 23, 2011

In other Shiyard news… sort of… Korean shipyard heavyweight, DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) has open a facility in Nova Scotia. Yes, you heard right. In March 2010, Daewoo, the province of Nova Scotia, and the federal government, entered a partership to transform a defunct rail car manufacturing plant into a modern windmill factory. Daewoo and the government spent $40 million dollars (~20 each) converting the Trenton Works rail…

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