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    Davie Yards and Irving propose collaboration in shipbuilding

    Yard News // September 22, 2009

    Davie Yards Inc in Canada has unveiled a proposal for the implementation of a National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy aimed at renewing the federal fleet and building what it called a "world class shipbuilding capability" in Canada, while providing more predictable work for the maritime industry. Davie is already engaged in the construction of offshore vessels.

    “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 programme,” explained Steinar Kulen, President and Chief Executive Officer at Davie.
    Davie’s proposal endorses the allocation of Major Crown Projects of the fleet renewal programme 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 programme.

    The Centres of Excellence selected must be able to co-operate on the work packages for the ships they are allocated. Therefore, Davie and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding have agreed to co-operate by sharing technology, facilities, and capabilities.

    It has been proposed that the Government select Irving to build combat vessels and Davie to build commercial ships.
    “We are convinced that this collaboration would create a win-win situation for the government and the shipbuilding industry. To us, this allocation of work would serve the best interests of Canada and the maritime industry and its many suppliers,” concluded Mr Kulen.


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