What a National shipbuilding strategy ! Even a relatively small $4 million refit job can get buggered up. As Bourque reported earlier this month, the 53 year-old marine research vessel Hudson is a relic of Canada's coastal glory days and has been the subject of a desperate fix-up that is inexplicably running months behind schedule. Curiously, insiders suggest it was laid up waiting to be scrapped and that the reason it is being forced back into service is because Seaspan's OOSV project is running hopelessly late. Like 5 years late ! But, hey, why quibble with such inane trivialities.
The relationship between Irving and its staff is buckling at the welds as its union pushes for common sense rights for its workers. Accusations of bullying and harassment, treatment of women working at the shipyard, as well as the prioritizing of Temporary Foreign Workers ahead of Canadians are top of the union's negotiating list. This is just the latest in a string of major disputes between Irving and its employees. Previously, 300 workers walked off the job after a worker committed suicide over alleged bullying by management as well as legal charges and an investigation into improper safety practices at the shipyard after an employee was nearly killed. Meanwhile, billionaire 'Big Bad Jim' Irving lives high on the hog, flitting about on his corporate jet as his shipyard union begs for sick days. As the late Jim Croce crooned, 'you don't tug on superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, and you don't mess around with Jim'.
The 53 year-old marine research vessel Hudson is a relic of Canada's coastal glory days and has been the subject of a $4 Million refit that is running months behind schedule. Curiously, insiders suggest it was laid up waiting to be scrapped and that the reason it is being forced back into service is because Seaspan's OOSV project is running hopelessly late. Seaspan's 'travails' aside, there are grave concerns about the seaworthiness of the Hudson's hull, of all things. Scuttlebutt has it that when the hull was needle blasted with high pressure washers, it went right through the hull in numerous spots. Now, imagine if the Hudson hit something while going through the Seaway ? One wag opined the ship would likely be scrapped 'in situ'. And wouldn't that tie up international shipping for days.
Sweet Mother of God, at what cost to keep an American billionaire in the style to which he has become accustomed to ! New NAVY ships could cost 4X price Germany paid for same ships if built at Seaspan ?? Is nobody paying attention to the bottom line costs of the much-discredited National Shipbuilding Strategy ?? With incomprehensibly astronomical pricing at over $1 BILLION each (compared to the $500M that Germany recently paid for an identical design), the taxpayer's biggest fear may be about to come true: that the Parliamentary Budget Office was right and it will cost a ludicrous $2 BILLION per ship to build the Joint Support Ships at Seaspan's shipyard whose only experience has "been in the field of barges, ferries, smaller commercial ships"
Boeing is slowly nailing its own Super Hornets coffin shut in Canada .. but hard to feel any compassion for the haplessly greedy Bombardier/Beaudoin clan who never cease to shamelessly suck up whatever government dollars they can glom on to.
Just the latest evidence that the National Shipbuilding Strategy is failing to deliver. New secret cabinet report reveals that Trudeau government's inaction on icebreakers is putting the entire economy of Quebec at risk. Quebec has even put forward its own solution at Davie shipyard to buy existing commercial icebreakers at a fraction of the cost for the coast guard but so far Ottawa has failed to respond. Can the liberals really afford to risk trade drying up in Montreal Quebec and along the St Lawrence because of their inaction ?
Following advice from the Senate and Parliament's own Defence Committee
Even if Trudeau does buy Asterix, it still doesn't answer the big question - why on earth would Canada pay more than $2B each for a 20-year old German design at Seaspan in Vancouver (they are already half a decade late and nearly 3X over budget on their existing programs) which does less than Davie's modern, Canadian-designed, already-built ships for around $600M each? Mr. Trudeau, can you tell taxpayers what on Earth is going on please ?
Davie's presentation shows how the government can build nearly 4 better-enabled ships for the price of 1 overpriced ship at Seaspan's behind-schedule shipyard, which has no experience building these type of ships.
Delays and the escalating cost of building ships in downtown Vancouver are making the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy so unaffordable that the Navy and Coast Guard are having to reduce the number of planned ships. Yesterday, Seaspan was copying the two major shipyards in Halifax and Quebec City who also showcased their projects this summer, by holding an open house. The problem is that the highlight of the show was a couple of steel hulls, which are currently almost half a decade late and wildly over expected costs.