Canadian shipbuilding


Input Costs Down, Number of Ships Up?

There has been much written about how defence inflation has eroded the budget allocated to the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).1 As time passes, the argument goes, the NSPS budget gets smaller and smaller due to cost inflation and therefore the number of ships that can be built decreases as […]


Old Parts and New Ships

It is reasonable that the Department of National Defence1 (DND) is considering (conducting a “staff check,” to use military language as also used by an interviewee in a television report on this matter) the transfer of systems and parts from current Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships to future ships. Warship […]


Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships: Adrift in Inflationary Waters

CNR, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015) Abstract – Winner of the 2015 CNMT Essay Competition The winning essay in the 2015 CNR essay competition focused on the AOPS, and the implications of a budget being eroded as time passes. In his essay, “Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships: Adrift in Inflationary Waters,” […]


The Arctic-Offshore Patrol Ship and its Future Operation in the Canadian North

The Centre for Foreign Policy Studies will host the third in its on-going series of workshops to discuss the nature of future operations in the Canadian arctic region made possible by the construction of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships. The workshop announcement is available on the CFPS homepage (http://www.dal.ca/dept/cfps.html), […]


National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy (NSPS) Workshop Series

Background: After a very successful and well-attended (75 attendees) first NSPS Workshop entitled “Charting the Course” on 6 June 2014, which included an update on the progress of the NSPS and a look forward at the future classes of Royal Canadian Navy ships, Dalhousie’s Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (CFPS) […]


A reply to Jack Granatstein about shipbuilding in Canada

Jack Granatstein, one of Canada’s foremost historians, has written a significant op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen (“National interests collide in shipbuilding strategy,” 30 October 2013).   In it he quite correctly argues for a realistic assessment of the additional costs of made in Canada solutions versus what might be cheaper foreign […]


Forum Readership Report

Growth in readership of Broadsides has been very gratifying. Since our move to this new format and server one year ago, our monthly average readership has grown from 11,900 to 43,119. This increase equates to an annual growth rate of 262%. For the month of July, the forum readership reached […]


Irving Shipbuilding hires a star candidate as their new President

The Business Section (page B3) of the Friday Halifax Chronicle-Herald contained a long-awaited announcement by Irving Shipbuilding.  Because the Irving website does not have the announcement at the time of writing, the full text is repeated here for the information of our readers.  Some hyperlinks have been added to key […]


Some thoughts on the PBO report

If you haven’t yet had a chance to read the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report “Feasibility of Budget for Acquisition of Two Joint Support Ships” I think it is worth a look.  Here are a few of my observations on what is already a very talked about report. The process was […]


Irving Shipbuilding parts ways with Steve Durrell

A very brief and terse news article from CBC News has revealed that President Steve Durrell has left Irving Shipbuilding.  This development is prompting great speculation about the internal stresses within the company and Durrell’s role in all of it.  The company spokesperson declined to comment on the reason for […]