Thursday, August 28, 2008

The "Diefenbreaker"--in 2017!?!

Good grief. CCGS Louis St. Laurent will be almost 50 years old before it's replaced by the John G. Diefenbaker. It's all very good to name the vessel, but why nine years to build--with a great deal of luck (keep the JSS/MSPV fiascos in mind)? That is just not good enough, buy the damn ship offshore. And what about the Coast Guard's four other aging icebreakers?

Hell, at this pace by the time we get a new icebreaking fleet there won't be much ice left to break if the global warmers are right. Maybe the slowness in replacing our vessels is a sign that the Conservatives now really are believers.

As for offshore, just as an example:
About 60 percent of the world’s icebreakers have been delivered by Aker Yards Group shipyards.
More on Finnish-owned Aker Arctic Technology Inc.

Update: This earlier post provided links at the CCG site to each of its icebreakers (other types of vessels were also detailed at the "Fleet" site). This is what you get now for each of those links--nothing. And this is what you get at the current CCG "Our Fleet" page--nothing. Something really stinks. But maybe it's not nefarious--just a consequence of trying to implement the feds' "Common Look and Feel for the Internet 2.0". Bureacratic madness--without any additional funding from Treasury Board. So the content of sites is often reduced.

Upperdate: Thanks to Josh in "Comments" one can still find links to CCG vessels. I couldn't.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

somebody needs a rocket up the butt . . 20017 !

Work a deal to buy a proven design, tweak it and build the damn thing here to shut the unions and other yappers up.

Offer a big bonus for delivery in 3 years. If they can't do it, buy offshore.

BC Ferries is doing that for their new big ships and they delivered on time. on budget.

4:28 p.m., August 28, 2008  
Blogger Josh said...

Are you looking for this? Yeah, it's hard to find, but still there.

9:04 p.m., August 29, 2008  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Thanks josh--how did you find the link on the "Fleet" page?


9:58 p.m., August 29, 2008  
Blogger Josh said...

From CCG main page, click "Our Fleet" on the left sidebar. Then, in the content area, click "Fleet". Now, in the left sidebar again, you should see "Vessels and hovercraft". Click that and you've made it.

I shall avoid the obvious joke about the Coast Guard getting in the way of navigation.

10:06 p.m., August 29, 2008  

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