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Costs veer out of control for Canada’s national shipbuilding plans (expanded version)

  By Leo Ryan, Editor The latest disclosures show that costs are soaring way beyond original estimates for Ottawa’s multibillion dollar program to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard. It all points to difficult political decisions ahead for the government of Prime Minister Trudeau. First came the disclosure …

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All Canadians urged to contribute to federal Blue Economy Strategy

  OTTAWA  Earlier this month, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, kicked off the Blue Economy Strategy engagements with a series of roundtables with key ocean sector stakeholders to discuss how we get more Canadians working on and in the water, and benefitting from the ocean. Today, the …

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Federal Labour Minister urges Montreal dockers and port employers to renew and resolve negotiations

  The federal Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, has expressed serious concern regarding the February 12 suspension of collective bargaining negotiations between the Syndicat des débardeurs, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 375 and the Maritime Employers Association. Following a seven-month truce ending on March 21, negotiations had recently resumed to replace a collective agreement …

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Canadian government announces 2021 measures to protect right whales

  OTTAWA – The Canadian government remains committed to protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale. With only approximately 366 remaining in the world, it is imperative that Canada continues taking strong action to help support the species’ recovery. The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, along with the Minister of …

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Seaspan awarded contract to build oceanographic science vessel

  GATINEAU, QC -The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard,  today announced that the Government of Canada has awarded a contract of $453.8 million (taxes included) to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to enable the company to transition the offshore oceanographic science vessel (OOSV) …

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New projects approved to address abandoned boats across Canada

  OTTAWA – The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced today the most recent initiatives to receive funding for the assessment, removal and disposal of abandoned boats in Canadian waters. Under the Abandoned Boats Program, $1,692,079 is being provided to assess 44 boat removal projects in British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, and to remove 51 abandoned boats in British Columbia and Nova Scotia. …

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Another hard blow: ban of cruise vessels in all Canadian waters extended until Feb. 28, 2022

OTTAWA – In light of the ongoing global pandemic crisis, federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra today announced a one-year extension of temporary measures until  February 28, 2022 prohibiting pleasure crafts in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters. As a result, adventure-seeking pleasure crafts are still prohibited from entering Arctic waters; passenger …

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Provincial government investments should give priority to Made in Canada ships (FORUM)

Ottawa – The Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association (CMISA) has expressed concern over provincial governments ordering vessels overseas rather than giving such business to Canadian shipyards. In a bluntly-worded statement released by Colin Cooke, President and CEO, the CMISA noted: “During the last week of January when new US President Joe Biden re-issued a Buy American …

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GE designated strategic partner of Davie’s Polar Icebreaker Program

LÉVIS, QC -Davie, Canada’s premier builder of Polar and ice-capable ships, today welcomed GE as a strategic partner in its Polar Icebreaker program. The latter is the flagship of Canada’s National Icebreaker Centre (NIC), which was launched last August. GE joins Vard and Serco as partners in Davie’s Polar program. Davie said it expects to soon announce steel, critical systems …

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Transport Canada reaffirms its intention to enforce MLC rules on crew changes

Transport Canada has issued a Ship Safety Bulletin stating that it will apply the provisions of the 2016 Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), to which Canada is a signatory, over the duration of the contract and repatriation. The statement underlines that a seafarer that has completed 11 months onboard, he or she has the right to get …

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