Canadian shipbuilding

24 posts

A teamwork approach will be most productive

Peter Haydon has provided strong arguments for shipbuilding to be a large part of the government’s infrastructure package.  President Roosevelt’s 1932 shipbuilding initiative indeed provided jobs, stimulated the economy, and addressed a strategic need for American warships.   Peter very nicely underlines how the same needs exist in Canada today.  As […]


Build training ships for quicker results and flexible employment options

I recently discovered your website and have been reading many past articles where the perennial problems of procurement are featured. Why is there no mention of the ORCA Training Patrol Craft program? A $70M contract was awarded in the November 2004. The first boat, Orca, was accepted in November 2006. […]


Shipbuilding and Independence

The unexpected press release announcing the termination of procurement processes for two new types of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Navy was no doubt a heavy blow. And for the perennially under funded Coast Guard, the indefinite delay for the twelve new patrol ships they’d been counting on […]


Strategic choices are dictated by numbers and dollars

This week’s announcement that the contracts to modernize and refit the twelve Halifax-class frigates will be split unequally between two shipyards (East: Halifax Shipyard, seven ships, $549M; West: Victoria Shipyards, five ships, $351M) has avoided the bitter dispute that erupted over the earlier decision to modernize the Victoria-class submarines only […]