Extend the life of the Saanich and Vancouver? Sept 1, 2007 1:19:04 GMT -8
Post by Hardy on Sept 1, 2007 1:19:04 GMT -8
oceaneer77 said:I think we are forgetting Transport canada.
These old ships just do not meet an of the new codes...
I think hardy may be on to something with the truck only but still dont think that even with only say 50 passengers TC would wave off the new solas rules (vmax i think)
With all of that said we have no idea about the condition of the hulls and other running gear. Wastage of the hull past 20-25% is the cut figure. If these boats were seriously surveyed (TC and Lloyds would do this if we changed thier class or did extensive modifications) how much would be left? They were never designed to last this long, and with the level of upkeep given to them it is a miricale that they keep going.
BCF is known for Band Aids and Fix ups to keep things runnning.. The V and B class have recived more than thier fair share
I agree and disagree at the same time.
Before any decision should be made regarding keeping any of the boats in service, I fully agree a survey needs to be done. Just like a home inspection prior to purchase, we need to know what it is that we are dealing with. I concede that the running gear (plant) may all be in bad shape (we are aware of the previous band-aid solutions on plant etc and the $10 tune-ups....), but I hazard to guess that the hulls should be fairly decent, barring much plate separation and therefore pocket rusting; they are 40-45 year old boats, and they will not be in "show-room" shape, but there are several precedents for older vessels having lasted a decent time.
Obviously, if an inspection/survey shows that there is serious hull deterioration, or superstructure issues, then there is no reason to pour good money after bad into a money-pit; the cost-benefit analysis must be positive, or the whole operation is a moot point.
With regards to SOLAS/IMO, I will have to go back and read the specs on this again, as well as do some more research as to the grandfathering that has taken place so far. As has been stated, there are several north american operators that are currently grandfathered and operating ships that are quasi-compliant. Keep in mind too, that those regs are mainly aimed at PAX ferries ... if you change the scope of the boat and the service to be COMMERCIAL and not PAX, how does this affect the SOLAS/IMO regs? These are things that I am not completely up to speed on at this point and would need to study up further before I can speak to it on a definitive basis.