Post by hullnumbers on Feb 5, 2012 14:02:44 GMT -8
Too Ship_rider 16 yes, the new bridge will have a hinge. The bridge design is a Bascule bridge.
Heres a little history, the Johnson Street bridge was opened to traffic in 1924. Before that it was a swing bridge for rail. This was originally built in 1886 after Robert Dunsmuir’s decided to extend the line from Esquimalt. This was later replaced due to the growth of Victoria and traffic.
At the same time shipping was very important (Saw mills and mining) beyond where the bridge was. Including Point Hope shipyard, which some say this area was where the first shipyard of BC was. Also it was the first for Victoria.
So when the swing and later the bascule bridge were built, Victoria was expecting big ships.
The angle (when the bridge was up) was also considered. The new bridge that will be built will be ok, so no worries.
Post by Low Light Mike on Feb 7, 2012 18:53:28 GMT -8
A recent change of ownership control at Allied Shipbuilders. - and for the first time ever, a McLaren is not a controlling-owner......
NEWS RELEASE - North Vancouver Shipyard Changes Hands
As of February 1, for the first time in 64 years, it’s a Ko and not a McLaren who owns and runs Allied Shipbuilders of North Vancouver, BC. It’s British Columbia’s second-largest privately owned commercial shipyard company, employing 120 people.
Brothers Jim McLaren, 66, and Malcolm McLaren, 58, have sold their majority ownership in the veteran shipbuilding and ship-repair company to Chuck Ko, the company’s Vice-President of Operations. The transaction occurred Wednesday after the trio quietly completed several years of transition preparation to ensure the stability of the firm.
“Chuck has been with the firm for 31 years,” says Malcolm, the outgoing president of Allied. “He trained directly under my father, who founded Allied in 1948, and Chuck’s had an active role in every major project we’ve handled since 1980. My father believed a shipbuilding and repair operation should be run by somebody with a lot of hands-on experience, and we don’t want that to change. Plus, Chuck is family to us.”
Ko, 50, adds, “With the $8 billion federal shipbuilding program recently awarded in British Columbia, this is a great time for our industry. BC’s shipyards will have great opportunities, and Allied is poised to take advantage of this historic decision.”
Malcolm and Jim announced the leadership transition alongside Chuck as one of their last acts before stepping away, each for different reasons. Jim is retiring from his position as Shipyard Manager to spend more time with his wife and sailboat, while Malcolm is leaving for health reasons following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease seven years ago.
“I began thinking seriously about the ownership of the company soon after my diagnosis,” Malcolm explains. “At first, I wondered whether it might be best to sell the operation to a big competitor. But then Chuck said, ‘Why don’t you sell it to me?’, and I thought, ‘Well, there’s a good idea.’” Malcolm and Jim worked closely with Ko to plot a transition course that would ensure the continued success of the firm.
There are still McLarens at Allied after February 1, however. A third brother, 62-year-old Douglas McLaren, continues as part owner and as the company’s Electrical Superintendent. His sons, Jason and Marcus, will also remain with the company, as will Jim McLaren’s son, Ward.
Today's Globe & Mail is worth picking up, particularly if you can find one with Report on Business magazine in it, which has a lengthy article on Washington Marine Group.
Kyle Washington is profiled as well as an overview of the shipyard and associated operations. Washington defends the workmanship on the fastcats, and describes the whole affair as "politics as blood sport", no doubt refering to the Liberal government's steadfast determination to have the whole episode end as badly as possible.
I recall that some time back a couple of forum members made the unsupported suggestion that local shipyard workers were somehow guilty of not properly supporting their industry, and the article points out that two years ago the union voluntarily reopened a five year contract and gave back a 4.5% increase, which got some of their members back to work. Pretty tangible support, if you ask me.
And of course, the article focuses on the massive federal contract.
:)when the federal gov't gets finished with their overhall of UI, then all the shipyard workers will have a crack at the posted wall mart greeter positions! this is the new reality! ::)mrdot.
I would think that with the recent federal contract, people currently employed in our shipyards should be among the least worried of our skilled trades. It may be that more ferry refit work will be pushed to the smaller yards, if they can handle it, and a new government might even award newbuild contracts here.
It may be that even yards in Washington state will see some benefit.
Post by Low Light Mike on Oct 20, 2012 6:17:55 GMT -8
Vancouver Sun article on WMG's Vancouver Shipyards starting their upgrade:
Seaspan launches $200-million shipyard upgrade Infrastructure investment paves way for $8 billion worth of new vessels
By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun October 20, 2012 3:04 AM
Seaspan kicked off a $200-million upgrade to its North Vancouver shipyard Friday, saying that the redevelopment will launch the rebirth of the West Coast shipbuilding industry.
The shipyard infrastructure investment marks the first major expenditure in B.C. related to the federal National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Seaspan landed the $8-billion federal procurement contract a year ago Friday.
Seaspan will build seven vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy under the contract.
Seaspan president Jonathan Whitworth said the construction project alone will require 150 workers. Seaspan expects the actual shipbuilding project to swell the employment ranks at the North Vancouver site from 200 to 1,200 by 2016, providing stable work over the next decade for shipbuilders on the North Shore.
At a groundbreaking ceremony at the shipyard, called Vancouver Shipyard, Whitworth described the contract as "a true game-changer for the shipbuilding industry."
The redeveloped shipyard, he said, "will once again build large complex vessels for the federal government," as well as other future non-government shipbuilding projects. Future BC Ferries could be built at the shipyard, he said - the federal shipbuilding strategy means B.C. will have the capacity to do it.
"I do believe there is going to be capacity either at Vancouver Shipyards, Victoria Shipyards or one of our competitors that can actually build the future BC Ferries vessels."
Naomi Yamamoto, North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA and B.C. minister of state for small business, said the issue of building more ferries now is hypothetical, but if the industry can prove it is competitive, "we may see BC Ferries built in British Columbia."
Seaspan intends to build four new buildings and install an 85-metre tall gantry at Vancouver Shipyard. Construction begins right away and is expected to be completed by 2015. It will require a million kilograms of steel and 1,000 truckloads of concrete, Whitworth said. About $20 million of the investment is in new state-of-the art tools for workers, he noted.
Although construction of the largest vessels under the federal contract will not begin until 2016, Whitworth said construction on two smaller vessels can begin in the second half of 2013. Seaspan is to build three offshore fisheries science vessels, one offshore oceanographic science vessel, one polar icebreaker, and two joint support ships.
The $8-billion Seaspan contract is part of a $33-billion, 20-year federal shipbuilding program. The largest contract, for $25 billion, went to Irving Shipbuilding of Nova Scotia.
Rona Ambrose, federal minister of public works and government services, said the federal procurement program was designed to ensure long-term development of the shipbuilding industry in Canada.
"Seaspan's $200-million investment in Vancouver Shipyards to make it a world-class shipbuilding centre of excellence is proof that the shipbuilding industry is back to stay in Canada," Ambrose said.
Whitworth said Seaspan is confident it can find enough skilled workers for the reconstruction job and for the shipbuilding program without looking outside the country. However, they are advertising outside of Canada for some of the highly skilled jobs.
"When you don't build large, complex vessels in British Columbia for 30 years, a lot of that professional skilled labour has either passed on, retired, or no longer lives here. So for positions like engineers, project managers, naval architects, those jobs are currently unfilled here because we don't have Canadians capable of filling them." But for the trades, he said, Seaspan is getting feedback from people working in the Alberta oilsands or other isolated mega-projects who want to come to Vancouver.
Percy Darbyson, president of local 506 of the Allied Shipbuilders Union, said the union is also hearing from trades-people who left the province to work elsewhere.
"Today is a great day to get the infrastructure started. Now we are looking forward to the build," he said. "Shipbuilding would have been gone without the program. They were going to close down this facility. The 200 guys who are here would have been gone."
Nanaimo shipyard went under last year, and their owner's other yard, Alberni Engineering & Shipyard, was sold to a company based in eastern Canada. I understand Nanaimo's marine store division was purchased by a Chinese company.
Hey all, I'm new on these forums and it was recommended to me by C.Cassidy/Busshots. My interest is mainly in naval developments, but living in Calgary now means I rarely have access to the coast; I'm hoping some of you in Vancouver will post pics of Seaspan's modernization progress!
I'm really glad they had published these photos in the article - I had always assumed the yard would be located near/at the Drydock at Lonsdale, and had thought that was a rather small place to be building the JSSs. The "correct" location shown in the article makes a lot more sense. Sadly, it's also a lot more difficult to gain photographic access.
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I read that story, and I couldn't help thinking that the recent trouble with the crippled Protecteur, which couldn't even be towed to Hawaii without the tow rope breaking, was an unfortunately apt analogy...
Post by Starsteward on Aug 26, 2014 8:14:58 GMT -8
Very cool shot of Big Blue, 'timmyc'! At the risk of sending my blood pressure into orbit I'll refrain from commenting any further on the tragic state of our local ship building facilities and capabilities.
Post by Low Light Mike on Jun 1, 2017 11:18:50 GMT -8
BC Ferries has signed an agreement with Point Hope shipyard in Victoria, to do refit and emergency work on 8 BC Ferries ships, over the next number of years. Kahloke, Klista, Kuper, Kwuna, Nicola, Nimpkish, Tachek, and Quadra Queen II
Times Colonist story here:
A new five-year service agreement between B.C. Ferry Services and Victoria’s Point Hope Maritime will support shipyard jobs and bring millions of dollars into the local economy.
The agreement announced today will see Point Hope carry out work on eight of Ferries’ smaller vessels. This includes regularly scheduled dry-docking, maintenance, repairs, plus emergency work if needed.
About 20 dry-dockings alone are included in this deal.
Value of the work was not immediately available.
Point Hope announced this week that it has submitted an application for federal approvals required to build a $50-million graving dock at its Harbour Road site.
“This five-year partnership will allow for operational and fiscal efficiencies that result from the certainty of establishing a scheduled service,” said Point Hope owner Ian Maxwell
B.C.’s shipyards faced tough economic times in recent decades. Some shut down while others barely survived.
The industry has being experiencing a revival. North Vancouver-based Seaspan was chosen to build $8 billion worth of non-combat vessels for the federal government over the next 10 to 15 years.
The company’s Victoria Shipyards, which operates out of the federal Esquimalt Graving Dock, has been successful in attracting cruise ship refit business, along with federal navy upgrading and repair work, and some offshore clients are well.
B.C. Ferries is already an important customer for Point Hope but now the shipyard has nailed down the security of its own long-term contract.
The vessels it will service are: Kahloke, Klista, Kuper, Kwuna, Nicola, Nimpkish, Tachek, and Quadra Queen II. They range in size from 33.5 metres long to 71.6 metres long.
Mark Wilson, Ferries’ vice-president of engineering, said, “Access to a local, secure supply of services is crucial for the reliability of our fleet, and therefore essential to the communities we serve.”
Point Hope’s strengths include safety, engineering, planning, project management procurement, and quality control, Wilson said.