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Proposed Shipbuilding Centers of Excellence

Davie Yards Inc. (TSX:DAV) introduced its proposal for the implementation of a National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy aimed at renewing the federal fleet and building world-class shipbuilding capability in Canada, while providing more predictable work for the maritime industry. "Davie's proposal is based on our belief that Canadian yards can achieve a competitive position vis-à-vis European yards in building complex ships. In order to create such competitiveness, we are proposing that major federal shipbuilding projects be allocated to a select number of yards that will develop expertise and thus make it possible to secure the right costs and prices for the fleet renewal program," explained Steinar Kulen, President and Chief Executive Officer at Davie. Davie's proposal endorses the allocation of Major Crown Projects of the fleet renewal program to Centres of Excellence based on the technology required and the nature of the projects. Under such an allocation, one of the Centers of Excellence should focus on building combat ships and the other on building commercial type ships without heavy combat equipment and on developing Canadian expertise on heavy ice class ships. Smaller yards in Canada can be allocated contracts for the smaller and less complex ships mentioned in the program.


Retirement Ceremony Held for Canadian Warship

HMCS Algonquin (Photo: Royal Canadian Navy)

Former sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy who had served in HMCS Algonquin gathered at Davie Shipbuilding today to commemorate the paying off of this storied Canadian warship.  HMCS Algonquin is one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s four Tribal-Class Destroyers built at Davie in the early 1970s and then refitted at Davie in the 1990s during the Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project (TRUMP).  Ronald Bardier, Director of Production at Davie


Quebec Helps Davies Shipyard with Bid

According to a report from the Times Colonist, Quebec is enabling the insolvent Davie shipyard to enable it to fight for billions of dollars of coveted federal shipbuilding contracts in competition with companies in B.C., Nova Scotia and Ontario. Two Quebec ferry contracts will be given to Davie under a tentative agreement with the potential buyers of the shipyard, now in bankruptcy protection. The work will ensure Davie can meet federal conditions that shipyards be financially sound when


$33B Navy Contract: A Three-Way Race in Canada

July 27 is potentially a historic day for Davie Canada, as the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy Secretariat announced that it had accepted the application for a change of bidder received from 7731299 Canada Inc. (Davie Canada) on July 21, 2011. According to the secretariat's official release, "the application and all supporting documentation were received before bids closed on July 21, 2011, and the application met all the legal and experience qualification criteria and


Canadian Icebreaker Refit Contracts Awarded

Principals in Davie Refit Contract: Image Davie

The Canadian Government informs it has awarded a $6.5 million contract to Babcock Canada Inc. for critical refit work for Canadian Coast Guard ship 'CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent'. The shipyard portion of the work will be carried out by Chantier Davie Canada Inc., a sub-contractor to Babcock Canada. The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is Canada’s largest and heaviest icebreaker. While in drydock at the Davie Shipyard in Levis, Quebec, the vessel will undergo critical maintenance


Davie Wins Icebreaker Life Extension Work

Photo: Davie

Davie awarded vessel life extension (VLE) contract for Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) icebreaker vessel   Canadian shipbuilder Davie informs it has been awarded a $16 million contract to refit and upgrade the CCGS Henry Larsen, a CCG T1200-Class Icebreaker based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.   Medium icebreaker CCGS Henry Larsen is capable of sustained icebreaking and escort operations in the Arctic and Atlantic Region for the winter and summer seasons


Davie Shipbuilding Launches Ferry Replacement Push

Photo: Davie Shipbuilding

Recent changes to Canada’s Federal government’s New Building Canada Fund, announced by Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, will enable significant investments in infrastructure systems, including ferry replacement and refits. Ferry operators across Canada will have access to the Fund that may inject billions of dollars in transportation infrastructure projects, providing the proposed projects be completed within a three year timeframe.  


Davie Celebrates World Premiere Of Petrobras 36

The large semi-submersible production platform formerly known as Spirit of Columbus was rechristened Petrobras 36 on August 31. Following two years of diligent work by more than 1,300 engineers, technicians and specialized Davie Industries workers, the completely refitted platform will soon be the stand-out platform of the Brazilian fleet. With a capacity of 180,000 barrels of crude oil a day and 7.2 million cu.m. of gas per day


Feature: Staying the Course

Torch Offshore LLC is a Gretna, La-based integrated offshore contractor whose niche market is the installation of small diameter flow lines and related infrastructure on the Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). In 2002, the company had revenues of $68 million, laying 227 miles of pipe. Torch Offshore operates a fleet of nine vessels that lay the pipe and/or support this activity. The company is in the process of converting two large vessels that will give the company the ability


Chinese Contracting: A Question Of State Backing?

Graph Source: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 Contracting at Chinese yards fell significantly in 2015, but the impact has varied greatly across different types of yard, says a report from Clarkson Research Services.   Many larger, state-backed builders have continued to secure a steady volume of orders, supported by domestic, state-backed owners. Meanwhile, the share of contracting at independent yards has dropped sharply, with many of these builders facing difficulties due to a lack of new orders.  


STX to Slash Jobs, Sell Yard

Photo by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

To stay above water by restructuring, South Korean Shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. plans to lay off about a third of its workforce and sell a yard in France, says a report in WSJ.   The country's fourth largest shipyard filed for receivership in May


Shots Fired: US Navy Ship Warns Iranian Vessel

USS Nitze (U.S. Navy photo by Scott Pittman)

A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots after an Iranian fast-attack craft approached two U.S. ships in the northern Gulf on Wednesday, a U.S. Defense official said.   The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said three warning shots were fired from a


The Economics of Ship Breaking & Scrapping

Photo Credit iStock rajami2

Sometimes being an industry supplier offers interesting insights – your business is touched by the ups and downs of the charter market, but you are never so involved in it that you lose sight of the big picture. Some of our clients have been hit hard by the market’s general downturn;


This Day In Naval History: August 24

USS Essex (LHD 2) (U.S. Navy photo)

1814 - During the War of 1812, the British invade Md. and burn Washington, D.C. Commodore Thomas Tingey, superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard, burns the Navy Yard to prevent British access during the invasion. 1862 - During the Civil War, Capt


MN100: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

The Company: For more than 60 years, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding has built steel and aluminum commercial vessels. Located on 6.5 acres on the deepwater Taunton River in Somerset, Mass., the family-owned and operated shipyard counts more than 417 vessels built as proof of its longevity and vessel


Fred.Olsen Energy, Hyundai Settle Rig Dispute

Rig firm Fred. Olsen Energy and South Korean yard Hyundai Heavy Industries settle dispute over construction of semi-submersible rig Bollsta Dolphin. Shares in Fred. Olsen Energy up 17 percent at 0736 GMT on the news, after rising 37 percent at the opening of the Oslo bourse


Damen Repairs Two Van Oord Barges

Van Oord Split Hopper Barges

Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen recently completed a broad scope of maintenance and repair works on the Van Oord-owned Split Hopper Barges Jan Blanken and Jan Leeghwater. The vessels, both with 2,853 m3 hopper capacity, left the yard on schedule just 10 days after arrival.


MV Werften Begins Building Crystal’s New Cruise Ships

From left to right: Jarmo Laakso, Managing Director MV WERFTEN; Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman Genting Group; Edie Rodriguez, CEO Crystal Cruises; Walter Schölzig, Project Manager MV WERFTEN; and Erwin Sellering, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Photo: MV WERFTEN)

The first two of four Rhine class river cruise ships are simultaneously under construction at MV WERFTEN in Wismar. Delivery of the 7-star vessels Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler to Crystal River Cruises will be in 2017.   Shipbuilder MV WERFTEN held a keel-laying ceremony for two Rhine


Gibdock Records Busiest Season

Gibdock played host to four offshore support vessels at the same time at the end of June. Photo Gibdock

Simultaneous attention to four offshore support vessels at Gibdock demonstrates that the Gibraltar yard is now a regional hub for this specialized repair, maintenance and renewal work, operating as a base for mobilisation and de-mobilisation projects.


Bahamas Corvette Gets a Lifetime Extension

Photo: Damen

The 60-meter Royal Bahamas Defense Force Corvette HMBS Nassau (P-61) has arrived at Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands for an extensive refit. The 17-year old vessel will receive a comprehensive overhaul that comprises full systems and instrumentation replacement.  


Berth and Billions: Cruise Business Powers European Yards

Graph: Clarkson Research

 In a historically weak contracting environment the cruise sector has seen a strong level of newbuild ordering and investment in the year to date, says a research report by Clarkson.   Cruise lines have continued to expand their fleets, with new markets such as China in their sights


Euroseas Reports Loss

Photo: Euroseas Ltd

 Euroseas Ltd has announced its results for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2016 as well as certain fleet updates.    Total net revenues of $7.3 million. Net loss of $19.2 million; net loss attributable to common shareholders (after a $0


Damen Upshifts in Turkey

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Antalya has secured ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, an achievement that coincides with a period of rapid expansion that has seen the addition of three new production halls within the space of two years.  


Specialists Team Up for International BWTS Refit

Solent Refit – aerial shot of Solent Refit at Hythe (Photo: Solent Refit)

U.K.-based Solent Refit and global marine equipment specialists Cathelco have teamed up to help international customers meet new ballast water management regulations.   Solent Refit, at Hythe, on Southampton Water, has built its reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern


Cochin shipyard Plans it Big

Photos: Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

 The Cochin shipyard Ltd (CSL) has plans to develop a major hub of LNG-based ship building and repair facility that would generate about 3, 000 jobs in the State of Kerala, the Hindu quotes Madhu S. Nair, Chairman and Managing Director of Cochin Shipyard Ltd, as saying.  






 
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