Standardized fleet.. Jan 26, 2013 11:37:35 GMT -8
Post by compdude787 on Jan 26, 2013 11:37:35 GMT -8
We want a cost effective fleet that is easy to crew and easy to repair. A fleet that has small inventory of spare parts (engines .. rads ) that are sitting ready to be fitted to the vessels that need them.
The thought here was to lower fares by having similar machinery.
The original V and Bs all looked the same and were of the same design.. now we have major nostalgia over them.
BCFC has every conceivable type of ship and classes of ship that have only one ship!
(century for example)
And every engine and equipment make out there.
this may be fun for us to watch and comment on but the cost of the ferries is sucking the life blood out of the islands.
(example Denman island... the elementary school when i left had over 100 students now i think it is at 40.. families can not afford to live on the gulf islands )
And no i don't think the rad barges are the way forward.. they are possibly the most inefficient ships ever. Bending the drive line 90 degrees twice is really a poor way to transmit power to the water. Conventional shafts / diesel electrics/ and Azi pods are the way forward.
It is also vital to not build the cheapest ships but to build the cheapest ships to build AND operate. This means using good equipment and making sure that the life time costs of the vessel are worked out before steel cutting. It is normal for the lifetime costs of the ship to be higher than the build costs.
A good example here is engine efficiency.. if engine X and engine Y are of the same output (Kw. HP, Rpm) but engine X is 3/4 the price you go for engine x right??
No there is more to the equation.. you need to factor in fuel burn, maintenance, rebuild costs and down time. it may be that engine Y is double the purchase cost of X but in 5 years you end up saving money by buying Y.
Agree with you, no more RADs, they're totally not RAD! And make sure vessels of similar size are ALL in the same class, instead of a mish-mash of a bunch of different ferries that are all the same size. For example, with the 70-car ferries, we have the Powell River class, the HSQ, and the Q-Class. That's three different designs for the same capacity ferry!
As for the 30-car ferries, let's see: there's the two T class ferries, the Quadra Queen II, and the K-Class. Again, three different designs for the same car capacity. Sure, it makes sense to have some single-ended, raised-bow ferries for the rougher seas of the northern routes and another class of double ended ferries for routes over calmer seas, but no more than two classes/ designs there.