CGAI: “Overcoming ‘Boom and Bust’? Analyzing National Shipbuilding Plans in Canada and Australia”

January 17, 2019 – While both Canada and Australia share similar constitutional frameworks and imperial histories, they are also no stranger to procurement challenges. Cost overruns, delays, regionalism, and protracted intellectual property disputes have all been part of major defence acquisition projects in recent decades. This Policy Paper analyzes the largest and most expensive procurement projects undertaken by either country, Canada’s $73 billion (estimated) National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), launched in 2010, and Australia’s A$90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan (NSP), launched in 2017. Each project represents an attempt to implement a…

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MAN selects Nova Scotia’s Modest Tree VR for AOPS Training

October 24, 2018 – MAN Energy Solutions has selected Nova Scotia-based simulation and training software developer, Modest Tree, to develop a virtual reality training solution for the engines onboard the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships under construction at Halifax Shipyard. The virtual reality training solution, the first of its kind in the marine sector, will train the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy to operate and maintain the ship’s engines. Each Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship will be propelled by two MAN Energy Solutions…

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CADSI on Canadian Surface Combatant Preferred Bidder

October 19, 2018 – Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), issued the following statement today in response to the federal government’s selection of Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). “Today’s announcement represents a significant milestone for the CSC program, and for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) as a whole. CADSI firmly believes, as we always have, that this is a nation-building program that will bolster Canadian industry, lead to more high-wage, high-skilled jobs…

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Seaspan engages with Canadian suppliers at DEFSEC

October 3, 2018 – Yesterday, approximately 60 representatives from current and potential suppliers attended Seaspan Shipyards’ (Seaspan) industry engagement event hosted in Halifax. At the event, participants received information on the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the opportunities associated with the non-combat package of vessels being constructed at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards. As part of its NSS commitments, Seaspan has to date engaged more than 500 Canadian suppliers and assigned approximately $650 million in committed contracts. The majority of these are with small- and medium-sized businesses. In all, Canadian suppliers make…

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Major Contract for Protecteur Class Announced

October 2, 2018 – Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has awarded Hawboldt Industries (Hawboldt) of Chester, Nova Scotia, two contracts for a total value of $8M for work on Canada’s new Protecteur Class supply ships. This is one of several expected to be announced for Canadian suppliers supporting Seaspan’s work on naval supply ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Hawboldt will provide deck equipment for the new ships. This equipment will include anchoring and mooring packages and the primary cranes. Hawboldt has an established relationship with Seaspan thanks to its work…

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2017 Report on Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy

The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is Canada’s 30-year plan to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. The primary objectives of the Strategy are to equip the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely and affordable manner, build a sustainable marine sector in Canada and maximize economic benefits for Canada, including job creation. This report provides an update on the National Shipbuilding Strategy from January 1 to December 31, 2017, providing details on the progress of NSS…

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Halifax Shipyard seeks confirmation from the Federal Government regarding the National Shipbuilding Strategy

On Friday, August 10th, Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Service and Procurement Canada and Member of Parliament (Gatineau, Quebec) stated that Davie Shipyard in Levis, Quebec will have opportunities to bid and win work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Mr. MacKinnon also described Davie as a solid partner in the NSS, effectively equating Davie to Irving Shipbuilding and Vancouver Shipyards which were both selected in a national competition in 2011 for the exclusive right to build Canada’s future Coast Guard ships and future Navy combatants…

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Chief Operating Officer named for Seaspan Shipyards

July 3, 2018 – Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jari Anttila as Chief Operating Officer (COO). With more than 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and industrial operations, Mr. Anttila will bring significant industry knowledge to this newly created role. “As Canada’s long-term partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy and a leader in the shipbuilding and marine industries, Seaspan Shipyards is committed to attracting and developing the best talent,” said Brian Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer – Seaspan Shipyards. “Jari’s experience in shipbuilding will…

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Seaspan Shipyards Supports Development of Canadian Supply Chain

Over 50 representatives of current and potential suppliers attended Seaspan Shipyards’ (Seaspan) annual Industry Day hosted in Ottawa and received a progress update on the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the opportunities associated with Non-Combat package of vessels being constructed at Vancouver Shipyards. “The work completed to date by Seaspan Shipyards under the National Shipbuilding Strategy is rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding industry,” said Brian Carter, President & CEO – Seaspan Shipyards. “Not only are we delivering on our commitment to supply the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy with purpose-built…

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