CSC Winner Announced

the federal government issued a release identifying Lockheed Martin as the preferred design for the CSC. Canada’s Combat Ship Team – composed of Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies, and Ultra Electronics – submitted a proposal based on the British Type 26 Global Combat Ship. the British are currently building this ship, though it is not yet in service.

so much for a proven off the shelf design. I covered the 3 eligible bidders in a post earlier this year.

Anyway, the release says:

The Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have identified Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder to provide the design and design team for the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatants.

While this represents a significant milestone in the competitive process, more work is required before a contract is awarded.

Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. must now go through the “due diligence process,” which includes:

  • negotiations with the company on intellectual property rights
  • an assessment of combat systems performance
  • an assessment of the company’s financial capability to deliver the project, together with the verification of various other administrative matters

Should the preferred bidder not successfully demonstrate to Canada and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. that it meets all of the due diligence requirements, then the next highest ranked compliant bidder will become the preferred bidder. The new preferred bidder will then have to successfully demonstrate that it meets all of the due diligence requirements.

The identification of the preferred bidder follows a rigorous bid evaluation process. This process has been, and will continue to be, overseen by an independent Fairness Monitor. To date, the Fairness Monitor has submitted a series of interim reports on the Canadian Surface Combatant procurement process, and each of these reports have not identified any fairness deficiencies.

More recently, the Fairness Monitor provided the following statement to Public Services and Procurement Canada:

“As the Fairness Monitor for the Canadian Surface Combatant project, we have monitored the evaluation of proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals and have identified no fairness deficiencies. It is our opinion that the evaluation of proposals was conducted in a fair manner. Decisions were made objectively and free from personal favouritism or improper influence, and the process encompassed the elements of openness, competitiveness, transparency and compliance with the Request for Proposals.”

A contract award is expected this winter, with construction beginning in the early 2020s.

The Canadian Surface Combatant project is the largest, most complex procurement ever undertaken by the Government of Canada. These ships will form the backbone of our Royal Canadian Navy and will be Canada’s major surface component of maritime combat power for decades to come.

The Government of Canada remains committed to being open and transparent at each stage of the procurement process.

To save jobs the Halifax Shipyard should build a port in Dartmouth. Weekly News #21

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1.Local MP Hates the port..
the Feds reject port funding request for expansion.

2.Local MP Hates the port

Here is what i had to say in the herald

3.Local MP Hates the Port.
CBC Follows up. apparently it was a 500million ask that was rejected, however the port is still borrowing money to expand pier 41/42

4.This week in the Herald.

This week I talk about the shipyard, the competition for repair work, and how they may have shot themselves in the foot.

5. Ships Stay Here, and 1 more ship to start here?
from the Ottawa Citizen – Irving is hoping to keep all the Halifax Class repair work, and wants to build a 7th AOPS? the feds have contracted for 5, with incentives to lead to a 6th. Also Council has given its support to the Shipyard workers.

6.ABCO to build Landing Craft for AOPS

NS Built small boats will be carried on the new AOPS. the Baots will be built in Lunenburg.

7.Ship Selection Soon.

word is the feds will be choosing the design for the CSC by the end of the month. then negotiations will start. The 3 options were outlined into this post.


1. Bad Seamanship

2.Bad Seamanship


Oct 16, 1970 – CSS Hudson returned to Halifax, completing the first circumnavigation of the Americas

Oct 14, 1942 – SS Caribou torpedoed by U69 in the Cabot Strait. The Newfoundland ferry was traveling from Sydney to Port Aux Basques.  101 survivors, 137 passengers and crew are killed.

Oct 12, 1492 – Christopher Columbus sights his first landfall in the Americas at 2:00 am.

Oct 11, 1963 – HMCS Haida is paid off

Oct 11, 1942 – RCMP St. Roch entered halifax harbour, becoming the first vessel to transit the north west passage west to east.

Port Denied Expansion Funding.

From Saturdays Paper – The Federal Government turned down the ports request for 30 million dollars to expand Pier 41/42, citing downtown truck traffic.

This despite 300 million in port spending to Vancouver, Montreal, and Quebec, all 3 of which have downtown container terminals.

The blame for this can be placed on the Local MP.

Read the Article online here.

New tugs for the Navy. this time for sure.

The Feds have another tender on the street for the construction for 4 large navy tugs to replace the glen Class. this one has been working through procurement circles for a number of years, they first tried for 6 tugs in 2012. that went nowhere, so in 2015 they went looking to bareboat or time charter commercial tugs. that too went nowhere and now they are looking to buy again.

the request is for an off the shelf design, and the tender requires bidders to present a working example of the design, not more then 10 years old, with more then 1000 working hours.

this tender reads:

the Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement to replace the Royal Canadian Navys (RCNs) five Glen-class tugs and two Fire-class fireboats with four Naval Large Tugs (NLTs). The procurement strategy is to award a single contract for the design and construction of four commercial-off-the-shelf tugs through a competitive process on

Two tugs will be delivered to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in British Columbia and the other two tugs will be delivered to CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia.

DND is seeking to acquire four NLTs of a proven, in-service, commercial off-the-shelf design. The primary mission of the new NLTs will be to provide a platform to conduct moves of larger RCN vessels, along with providing towing and afloat firefighting capability, in the harbors on both coasts. Each new vessel is expected to have a minimum 25-year life expectancy. In addition, as part of this procurement, DND will also acquire the necessary technical data packages, operator and maintenance training, and two years worth of spare parts for each vessel.

the tender also mentions that The vessels must be delivered with no more than 500 hours on the main engines and that The vessels shall not be towed from the shipyard to the delivery points.

Masterpiece in Focus: Halifax Harbour 1918

Harold Gilman, Halifax Harbour, 1918. Oil on canvas, 198 x 335.8 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921. Photo: NGC The Painting looks to be looking south, from Dartmouth cove.


The paintings Halifax Harbour, the largest and most ambitious work executed by British artist Harold Gilman, and Winter Camouflage, by Group of Seven co-founder Arthur Lismer, are at the heart of the new exhibition Masterpiece in Focus: Halifax Harbour 1918. The show, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, is presented at the National Gallery of Canada from October 12, 2018 to March 17, 2019. It is organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where the exhibition will be on display from April 12 to September 2, 2019.

Harold Gilman, Halifax Harbour, 1918. Ink and watercolour on paper, 33.5 x 54.5 cm. Gift of Mrs Harold Gilman (no.VAG 31.57). Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery.


In 1918 the Canadian War Memorials Fund (CWMF) commissioned artists Harold Gilman (1876–1919) and Arthur Lismer (1885–1969) to depict the war effort at the port of Halifax. The assignment came after the most destructive explosion of the First World War, when a freighter collided with a munitions ship in the Halifax harbour in 1917 killing nearly 2,000 people and injuring thousands more.

Arthur Lismer, Winter Camouflage, 1918. Oil on canvas, 71.5 × 91.6 cm. Purchased 1918. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Estate of Arthur Lismer. Photo: NGC

Featuring 35 works, including preparatory paintings and drawings, sketches, prints and photographs, Halifax Harbour 1918 explores how these two painters-turned-war-artists approached their respective missions during a critical moment in the history of Canadian landscape painting and the challenges they faced while working in Halifax in the aftermath of the tragedy. For the first time, Gilman’s monumental canvas can be viewed alongside his preparatory works.

the gallery magazine has an article on the Exhibit.

A bilingual and fully illustrated catalogue, as well as essays by Anabelle Kienle Poňka, Lily Foster and Sarah Fillmore accompanies the exhibition. Co-published with Goose Lane Edition. Available at the Boutique at the price of $35, or online at

Halifax Harbour, 1918, organized by Kienle Poňka and Gilman scholar Lily Foster,   includes loans from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canadian War Museum, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the British Council, the Higgins Art Gallery & Museum in Bedford, England, and private collections. Following its run at the Gallery, the exhibition will be on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from April 12 to September 2, 2019.

This Week in the Herald – taking pictures with sound

This week, I talk about Leeway Marine and Kraken Sonar partnering to drive down the cost of High quality Surveys. Kraken Supplies the sonar system, and Leeway Marine supplies the Vessel.

having talked about Leeway Marine in the past, its worth showing off what Kraken Can do.below are images from Kraken’s website, of the Volvos on the bottom of the Bedford basin.


compare these images with the Side Scan Sonar image created by NRCAN from around 2007.


for another Comparison, see the shipwreck image below from  Kraken, and compare that to the side Scan Sonar image of the ferry Governor Cornwallis (also from around 2007, via NRCan)

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1. This week in the Herald

Leeway Marine and Kraken Sonar partner to drive down the cost of High quality Surveys. I’m sorry for the lede. it was my editors idea. He surfs.

2.Chinese parts
CBC reported that the feds were asking about chinese parts in the AOPS. By coincidence, this story came out in Business Week about the Chinese adding chips to Motherboards also came out the same day.

3.Alderny or Purdy’s
Global reports on the potential location for a new cruise terminal.

4. Asterix and Oblix

with the recent Tsunami in Indonesia, its worth bringing up that the NRU Astrix has a sister ship, the Obilix available for conversion and sale at a price of 600 million Canadian. The federal goverment should procure the second conversion, and out fit the ship as a disaster response vessel.

the Asterix can power 10000 homes, and generate enough drinking water for a city. Add beds to the hospital, and Canada could have a formidable tool for international assistance, and give the US Navy’s Hospital ships a run for their money.


5.Moby DIck
The Canadian Press reports on the Nova Zembla, a sunken Whale ship thought to be close to shore off Baffin Island.

6.Thats All Folks!
Ocearch has concluded their expedition, tagging 7 sharks off Mahone Bay


1.Old Ships Log Data

Via twitter

Ship log data from 1622 to 1855 was digitized as a way to study climate, since the logs contained daily weather observations.  (get the data at

whats interesting is you can really see how winds optimized the routes of ships

2.Caligula’s giant pleasure barges.

this thread on twitter is amazing, in that these were built by the Romans in the first place, found, recovered and then lost.


Oct 10,1801 James Morris arrives at Sable Island to setup the first rescue station

Oct 9, 1942 – Canadian merchant ship Carolus was sunk by U69

Oct 8, 1944 – HMCS Mulgrave damaged by a mine and beached near LaHavre France. she was later salvaged, but declared a total loss.

Oct 8, 1885 – J. M. Blaikie, the first four-masted barque built in Canada was launched at Great Village.

Oct 6, 1801 The first group to settle on Sable Island sailed from Halifax.

Oct 4, 1944 – Frigate HMCS Magog is torpedoed in the St. Lawrence river. She survives, and is towed to Quebec for repairs.

Busiest Cruise Ship Day of the Year.

(Above) 5 Ships are packed in at the terminals, bringing over 11000 passengers to port today.

(Above) Norwegian Dawn at pier 20 taking bunkers from Algoma Dartmouth. (below) Royal Caribbeans Anthem of the Seas at Pier 22.

AidaDiva (Left) Norwegian Jade(right) Not shown is Seabourn Quest at Pier 24.

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