Friday, 10 November 2017 13:44

Shipyards under pressure

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Members of the Quebec National Assembly unanimously passed a motion Wednesday requesting that the federal government adjust Canada’s national shipbuilding strategy so Quebec gets what it believes is its fair share of federal contracts. The motion also asked Ottawa to “grant Quebec the contracts necessary” for the replacement of coast guard and Royal Canadian Navy ships, including the acquisition of a second Resolve-class tanker. 

“Today, Quebec is at risk of losing a significant number of middle-class jobs due to bureaucratic intransigence and road-blocks within a broken procurement system, despite the clear and obvious need for Canada to urgently renew the entirety of its fleet,” Alex Vicefield, chairman of Davie Shipyard, said in a news release.

Similar concerns are being raised in North Vancouver at the Seaspan Shipyards with delays in preliminary work on the fourth ship, an offshore science vessel, that might result in significant layoffs to the workforce of 600 trades people. The shipyards is aggressively pursuing new work to fill in the schedule and has recently landed some two and three-month contracts for refit work on other federal vessels including a Coast Guard ship, an orca-class Royal Canadian Navy patrol vessel and a commercial research ship which will keep workers busy in the yard for a while.

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