Canadian shipbuilding

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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 […]

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NSPS: East versus West; they’re both winners

What we heard on Wednesday (October 19th) was that the shipyards – Irving in Halifax and Seaspan in Vancouver – have received or are about to receive contracts worth of the order of $25-30 billion (for Irving) and $8-10 billion (for Seaspan). Neither is quite correct – not yet, but […]

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Can the shipbuilding strategy withstand an economic recession?

In just a few days (or weeks?) an announcement will be made about the decision on which shipyards will be chosen as the ‘winners’ of the two main components of the NSPS.  There will be equal amounts of happiness and furore over the outcome, and maybe even a lawsuit or […]

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Has Canada Lost the Ability to Design Warships?

[Moderator’s Note.  This commentary was originally published on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 on David Pugliese’s Defence Watch.  It is reproduced here with the permission of Mr. Pugliese.] Long-time Defence Watch (DW) reader “Chief Naval Constructor” posted material yesterday that I thought raised some interesting issues about the ability of this […]

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Fleet Replacement Strategies – Searching for Best Value for Money (II)

Certain Canadian politicians and labour leaders have been making a fuss recently over the idea that Canada might build a new class of warships to a British design – as though that was a bad thing. As pointed out by Peter Haydon in his recent Broadsides Forum, this practice of […]

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Fleet Replacement Strategies – Searching for Best Value for Money (I)

Peter Haydon noted the “Boom and Bust” characteristic of Canadian naval shipbuilding and the consequence to Canadian ship design capability. Could another replacement strategy be better?  In an earlier post Peter noted that he had given a paper over 15 years ago to the 1993 annual meeting of Society of […]

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Canada-UK frigate development talks make sense

The initial rumour out of Britain that Canada and UK were discussing new frigate plans [see also here] was quickly denied by the Canadian government, but subsequent public statements by a Halifax area MP, probably talking on behalf of the local shipyard, have added some credibility to that rumour. Anyway, […]

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‘Off-the-shelf’ designs can have problems too

For all of those critics of a Canadian shipbuilding effort who argued we should by off -the-shelf vessels like the San Antonio-class instead of building the JSS here, the article “Troubled Ship San Antonio won’t deploy next year” from the 15 October issue of the Virginian-Pilot provides some sobering data.  […]

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Investing in our ocean infrastructure

I am pleased to see such a lively and informed discussion on Shipbuilding in Canada. As our government considers the many different paths available for stimulating the economy, I am hoping that our shipbuilding sector is not overlooked. There are strong economic arguments to be made in support of a […]

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Further Thoughts on Requirements

The recent comments by Denis Stairs and Eric Lerhe on my initial offering on the future requirements for a new Canadian shipbuilding initiative made me realize that we were all looking for the same thing: a steady-state, government fleet replacement program. With a flash of deja vu (all over again, […]

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