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Well I'm still waiting for the current government to actually start building a warship. How many times has the cons ervative party has announced new ships, then cancelled, then trotted out the new-er ship build program.?
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/ottawa-inks-arctic-patrol-ship-deal-with-irving-shipbuilding-1.2192175#ixzz3P0M5O7HDThe Canadian Press Published Friday, January 16, 2015 11:59AM EST OTTAWA - The Harper government has inked a contract to build its long-promised Arctic patrol ships, but it had to increase the overall project budget to get there. Officials from Public Works and National Defence, along with Irving Shipbuilding President Kevin McCoy, made the announcement today in Ottawa ahead of a planned event next week in Halifax. The entire program is now expected to cost $3.5 billion, instead of the $3.1 billion initially proposed when the ships were first announced back in 2007 as part of the Conservative government's ambitious plan to rebuild the military. The agreement is to construct six of the light icebreakers for the navy's use in the North and off both coasts, but officials acknowledge that could slip to five if the program runs into trouble. The deal provides incentives to Irving to keep costs down in order to deliver all six ships on time and on budget. The parliamentary budget office warned last fall that delays and the corrosive effect of inflation would force the Conservative government to buy fewer ships if it stuck...(...SNIPPED)
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Feb 17 15 12:28 AM
Canada’s navy is launching a shakeup of its public service workforce with a plan that will see responsibilities for ship repair and maintenance shifted to the private sector.
The jobs of around 1,000 public servants – including around 200 in the Ottawa area – could be affected, warn union leaders.
Although they don’t expect layoffs, at least yet, they see the federal jobs disappearing over time through attrition as employees with private companies take over maintaining the new ships the federal government intends to purchase in the coming decades.
“It’s a major shift,” said John MacLennan, national president of the Union of National Defence Employees. “It’s certainly not public-service friendly.”
Department of National Defence spokeswoman Ashley Lemire said in an email that the goal is to establish a comprehensive in-service support system for future ships.
“The intent is to develop and expand Canadian industrial expertise in naval maintenance while ensuring core capabilities are available within government, by moving toward more strategic partnerships with industry,” she explained.
The plan is to start in 2016.
Two navy officers met with union representatives on Jan. 10 in Ottawa to outline what is being called the “future of in-service support initiative.”
Among the first vessels to come under the initiative are the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and the Joint Support Ships.
The first arctic offshore patrol ship is to be in the water in 2018. The navy hopes to have the Joint Support Ships fully operating by 2021.
Companies provide some support to current naval fleets but much of the work is done by the 800 federal employees split between the east and west coasts. They handle repairs, inspections on hulls and on-board systems and work on sonar, radars and other equipment. The workers are also involved in logistics support and running warehouses containing parts and other equipment for the warships.
In the Ottawa area, about 200 employees are involved in the long-term life cycle of the ships, with some federal workers spending their entire careers involved with a particular vessel class, MacLennan said.
For instance, the Canadian navy operated its supply ships for more than 40 years.
Under the new proposal, companies would take over much of the work being done by federal employees, MacLennan said.
Mar 23 15 3:32 PM
VICTORIA, British Columbia — International companies see the potential for billions of dollars in service support contracts under Canada's fleet-rebuilding program.
Canada launched a CAN $30 billion (US $28 billion) program to build new warships, supply vessels and icebreakers over the next 20 years. But company representatives say an equal amount, if not more, will be spent on long-term in-service support (ISS) contracts for the new ships. Those contracts will see companies hired to maintain the vessels for 30 to 40 years.
The Canadian government is moving to establish such contracts even before the ships are built, say industry representatives.
The first will be a combined ISS contract for the Canadian Navy's fleet of new Arctic offshore patrol ships and its future supply vessels, known as joint support ships.
"This procurement is at a planning stage with industry consultation currently ongoing," said Annie Trepanier, a spokeswoman for Pubic Works and Government Services Canada, the department overseeing the procurement process. "Current plans are to release a request for proposal [to industry] later in 2015."
May 1 15 10:59 PM
Canada set to scale back big plan for navy ships, go over budget
May 10 15 5:57 PM
VICTORIA, British Columbia — European and US firms will compete to win a multibillion-dollar contract to design the Royal Canadian Navy's future combat ship and integrate its combat systems.
Canadian government officials have announced that, starting next month, work will begin on compiling a short list of qualified bidders for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC).
Companies will have until October to provide the necessary documentation to support their entry onto the short list, senior government officials said.
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Jun 19 15 5:32 PM
Mikeh wrote:first post in this thread Oct 2011. And still nothing but talk.
'Ships have started': Halifax steel-cutting ceremony marks start construction
“That’s the first bulkhead, if you will, of the first unit going into the first (Arctic offshore patrol ship),” he said.
The ceremonial steel-cutting marked the start of construction of the Harry DeWolf-class Arctic offshore patrol ships Irving is building in Halifax.
Federal Public Works Minister Diane Finley was on-hand to do the honours.
She says that though construction is just starting, both the province and the country are already feeling the economic benefits of the massive project.
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Mikeh wrote:Well it is a start, and it is better than the brief, trial balloon, idea of converting freighters for northern service. Now as for the Surface Combatants..?
Aug 28 16 7:34 PM
Irving issues warship RFPs — sub-trades invited to make proposals for design, systems
ANDREA GUNN OTTAWA BUREAU
Published August 19, 2016 - 4:22pm
The request for proposals for Canada’s new fleet of warships will be out within weeks.
Lisa Campbell, Assistant Deputy Minister of Defence and Marine Procurement at Public Services and Procurement Canada confirmed to the The Chronicle Herald Wednesday that Irving Shipbuilding — the prime contractor for the combat package of the National Shipbuilding Strategy and builder of the new Canadian Surface Combatants — will issue the final combined request for proposal (RFP) for a warship design and combat systems before the end of the summer.
This comes following what is expected to be final industry engagement meetings that took place in Halifax this week.
At the meeting, the 12 prequalified firms, or shortlisted request for proposal respondents — among them industry giants like Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, ThyssenKrupp, Navantia and DCNS — were given the final draft of the massive, 1,500 plus page proposal documents ahead of receiving the final version likely sometime in September. More than 80 suppliers have also been involved in a number of industry engagement meetings that haven't taken place in the last year.
Aug 29 16 4:21 AM
More than 80 suppliers have also been involved in a number of industry engagement meetings that haven't taken place in the last year.
Sep 11 16 5:49 PM
Quote: Irving facing significant challenges in building Arctic Offshore Patrol ShipsDavid Pugliese, Ottawa CitizenPublished on: September 8, 2016 | Last Updated: September 8, 2016 2:33 PM EDTAssembly
of Canada’s first Arctic offshore patrol ship on time and within budget
is proving to be a “significant challenge” for the Irving Shipyard,
though its top executive says a promised deadline will be met, the
Canadian Press writes.Here is the rest of the Canadian Press article:Kevin
McCoy said Wednesday his firm still plans to deliver the first of the
ships designed to steam off Canada’s northern coasts in 2018, as
originally announced.However, he told reporters at a defence
industry conference in Halifax that his firm’s efforts to create North
America’s most modern shipyard from the ground up hasn’t been easy.(...SNIPPED)
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