National shipbuilding strategy comes to aid of Canadian shipbuilding industry

The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) has provided a strong boost to Canada’s maritime industry. A few weeks back the shipbuilding company Seaspan Shipyards celebrated the first cut of steel for the new Joint Support Ships (JSS) to be built for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The ceremony held at Vancouver Shipyards creates an important benchmark by enabling Canada to build its own ships.

According to the deal, Seaspan will build non-combat ships for the RCN over a span of 30 years. The project is expected to generate jobs for 1,000 tradespeople along with 300 office staff for the Vancouver shipyard. The company has also invested $170 million for developing the Vancouver Shipyards into state of the art facilities.

A look at the strategy

The aim seems to be long-term growth here, and that’s how the plan is drawn up.

For the first 10 years of the NSS, the shipyards at Vancouver are expected to invest $1.3 billion on Canadian suppliers and contribute around $290 million to the GDP of Canada leveraging its economy. President and CEO of Seaspan Shipyards, Brian Carter said that the steel cutting ceremony is not only important to the company and its customers but also significant for the shipbuilding industry in Canada and the thousands of hardworking people employed by it. He also added that the ceremony proves that shipbuilding is back in Canada and his company is very proud to head the venture.

Other stakeholders have also benefited from the NSS. Chief operating officer and President of Alion Science and Technology, Bruce Samuelsen said that his company was really honored to be a part of design and integration of JSS supporting Seaspan under the NSS. The national strategy and JSS project will ensure the growth of Canada’s home ship design, engineering and shipbuilding industries and create well paying long-term jobs.

What does it mean for us?

Founder & President of Ideal Welders, Jim Longo expressed his happiness to be a part of the NSS. They have been in business for over 40 years and have become a significant employer in the West Coast. Longo said that his company will be able to grow under the JSS deal providing services to Seaspan. He also added that they have increased their workforce by 30%, made investments in training and productivity-enhancing equipment, and doubled the size of their facilities to meet the needs of the modern shipbuilding industry.

The JSS will be one of the largest ships to come out from the Canadian West Coast and needs the collaboration of different stakeholders. The ships will be more than 173 meters in length and come with a displacement of 20,000 tonnes.

The ships will be used to carry on the work of RCN domestically and also on international waters serving humanitarian and defense purposes. The JSS will bring supplies and fuels to other ships at the sea, provide a base for helicopter operations, facilitate repairing and offer dental and health facilities.

Halifax’s Growing Container Business Prompts New Plans of Expansion

Halifax, one of the fastest growing Canadian cities, has a lot at stake today to keep things moving forward. And the Canadian city is leaving no stone unturned at that.

The growing volume of container business in Halifax is giving a boost to the economy of Nova Scotia. But there are some apprehensions about the ports ability to handle the large scale trade operations.

Understanding Halfax’s Growth in the Container Vessel Industry

Halifax recorded a sharp growth in business in the first half just like 2016 and ranked on top of all major ports in Canada. A staggering 16.7% increase in container volume was recorded compared to last year amounting to approximately 274,650 TEU. Canada was always known for its shipping industry, however, there is one more developing economy branch it is famous for. Canadian gambling industry is becoming more wide-spread, that is why you can easily have some looking in ValleyGames activities guide, providing a wide range of popular online casino.

Halifax featured in the North America’s Top 25 Ports last year as the fastest growing and has secured a north-south service and two trans-Pacific services since that time. The overall growth in container business volume in Canada was 15% as revealed by Jack Mahoney, president of Maersk Line Canada.

The largest ever container vessel to dock at Halifax port in June had the ability to transport over 10,000 containers when presented in 20-tonne-equivalent units. The humongous ship Zim Antwerp used the Halterm container terminal located at the south end of Halifax. Many such ships have been had been benefitted from the Panama Canal widening making the plying of huge container vessels a reality. The spike in container traffic has made Halifax East Coast’s one of the fastest growing ports.

The port of Halifax does not require any dredging as it is a deep water, ice free port. This makes it capable of transporting cargo to the markets of US and Canada in a quick and efficient manner. But there are some issues like inadequate road or rail network that hampers the transport of goods to central US and Canada in a timely manner.

There are some plans to tackle the situation. One strategy is to transform the container activities to Imperial Oil refinery across the harbor. But this will add considerable volume of rail and road traffic towards downtown Dartmouth. The additional movement of trucks on the ever congested Highway 111 is going to make the situation worse. Interestingly, the highway is called as Circumferential Highway!

Another plan hovers around including the Ceres terminal operation by expanding the current Halterm facility to Point Pleasant Park. Whichever plan is adopted, the expenses are going to range high for Halifax Port Corp., the federal crown corporation and could run into billions.

The Cape Breton municipality also has its own strategy which involves setting up a container terminal located at Point Edward region to distribute the container business of Halifax. Situated across the Sydney harbor, the port requires dredging and it is not ice free. There are talks of another container terminal at Nova Scotia that could come up in Guysborough County at Melford.

Only time will tell which plans are adopted but the container business in Halifax and Canada is going through good times.