First, earlier posts on wild-ass guesses here and here. Now more on what happens when one insists on building in Canada for jobs! jobs! jobs! (and promoting supposedly valuable–at what exorbitant, effectively subsidized, cost?–industrial/high-tech businesses) when you start without an existing capable industry and when the Navy, the civilian bureaucracy and that industry itself simply do not have all sorts of requisite expertise.
The idiocy of build-in-Canada (supported by all political parties) will continue but Lord knows what number of Canadian Surface Combatants with what capabilities will eventually be delivered to the RCN. Not that our governments have seriously considered the essential purposes of those numbers or capabilities: see “What Is the RCN For?“. The albatrosses are coming home to roost:
Shipbuilding strategy needs work to get ballooning costs under control, ministers told
‘Government will be asked to make some significant decisions soon,’ document obtained by CBC News says
Warship cost could rise to $30B, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman confirms
Canadians have not been given accurate information about growing price, head of navy says
CBC News reported on Tuesday [Dec. 1] that the costs of 15 warships has more than doubled from $14 billion initially set aside for construction to more than $30 billion, according to an independent analysis of the program.
Those figures bring the total cost to upgrade Canada’s navy to $42 billion — $16 billion more than the $26.2-billion approved by the government for the Canadian Surface Combatant program…
“I will say that [any number] that’s in a single digit is inadequate to Canada’s needs,” Norman said [the previous Conservative national defence minister had put the number as low as eleven–things must be looking pretty dire to even mention single digits]…
Liberal government to hire shipbuilding expert after costs soar
[that will sure get things done shipshape and Bristol fashion right quick]
Good reporting by the CBC. How long will such senior officer frankness continue when the SNAFUs occur under the present government? And can the RCN and the government remain determined on acquiring essentially one class (with varying capabilities) of high-end, exceedingly expensive, warships instead of say two distinct classes of ships, one considerably less costly to do much of the work actually now done by our frigates? (This is the new link for the 2010 $26 billion figure, scroll down to “Canadian Surface Combatant”.)
The CBC has also uncovered a mighty Canadian Coast Guard balls-up:
Design of Coast Guard’s fisheries ships led to fears of capsizing
Discovery of possible flaw results in longer, heavier vessels to make them seaworthy
The government’s plans for the Coast Guard’s new fisheries and science vessels produced a ship some engineers considered so unstable it was unseaworthy and if sailed on the open ocean would capsize in heavy seas, CBC News has learned.
The issue was discovered in 2012 once the blueprints of the government-ordered design were sent to Vancouver Shipyards, where three of the ships are being built under the government’s shipbuilding strategy.
Engineers there uncovered what they believed to be a fault, which led to a re-design of the vessel and the addition of 8.4 metres to the ship’s 55-metre length…
Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards is building three vessels, seen here in a rendering from the company’s website, as part of Canada’s non-combatant ships program. (Seaspan)…
The program has been beset by delays and spending increases. The original plans set the budget at $244 million for three hulls and established a final delivery date of 2014.
Last week, CBC News reported government ministers had been warned the program’s costs have grown $687 million…
The first of the three ships is to be delivered in spring 2017 [SO AROUND A THREE YEAR DELIVERY SLIPPAGE AND ALMOST A TRIPLING OF COST!]…
The $687 million figure was in fact made public by the government in June (the link at “cost increase“ at the post below has however gone poof):
Then grok this about further CCG vessels to be built by Seaspan next decade, after the (one) new icebreaker:
The horror! The horror! The lunacy!