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  • Shipyards and province eager to build ferries in B.C.

    The president of the Shipyard General Workers’ Federation is hopeful after hearing that provincial Transportation Minister Claire Trevena favours B.C. Ferries having its vessels built…

  • $800M 8-year maintenance contract awarded for new navy ships

    The federal government has awarded an $800-million contract to perform future maintenance and repair work on the Royal Canadian Navy's new vessels to the Canadian…

  • Seaspan ULC Appoints Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer

    Vancouver, BC — Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) today announced the appointment of Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

    Brent joined Seaspan in June 2015 as…

  • Vancouver’s window of opportunity to build a global maritime business hub

    A recent study published by Monitor Deloitte identified Vancouver as one of the top five international maritime centres that is becoming increasingly important for future…

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  • LNG Canada pushing forward despite FID delay

    Two years has passed since last we checked in with Captain Mark Turner, Senior Marine Advisor, LNG Canada, to learn about the proposed multi-billion dollar…

  • Seaspan ULC Appoints Five Senior Leaders

    Vancouver, BC -- Seaspan is pleased to announce the following new senior leadership appointments:
    Seaspan Ferries

    Steve Roth has…

  • NIBC Conference 2017 - Managing Marine Risks in the Pacific Northwest

    Nautical Institute BC Branch 2017 Conference

    Managing Marine Risks in the Pacific Northwest
    May 10 to 12, 2017 -- Victoria, BC

    The NIBC is pleased…

  • Babcock’s $800,000 a windfall for Camosun College

    Eight months from now, a large empty bay in the James White Building at Camosun College should be humming with activity.

    The space is being…

  • Seaspan Ferries Corporation Announces Arrival of First New Liquefied Natural(LNG) Gas Fuelled Vessel

    Delta, BC – Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) is pleased to announce the arrival of the Seaspan Swift, the first of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid (diesel, liquefied natural…

  • Seaspan boosts Camosun trades with six-tonne bulkhead

    Camosun College students show off a new bulkhead training module manufactured and donated to the college by Seaspan Victoria Shipyards on Tu

    A custom-made bulkhead newly installed at Camosun College will enhance training for skilled trades students heading into shipyards and other job sites.

    Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards…

  • B.C. collaborates with the ABCMI on $200,000 industrial marine project

    The B.C. government is investing in a partnership that will expand economic opportunities for the industrial marine sector. Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services…

  • First federal government vessels are taking shape at Seaspan shipyards

    Photos: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

    Under a movable shelter several storeys high at Seaspan Shipyards, the graceful curve of a ship’s bow arcs upwards, dwarfing the hard-hatted workers who stand…

  • New: Accelerated Levels 3 and 4 Steamfitter/Pipefitter Technical Training Program

    A new accelerated Levels 3 and 4 Steamfitter/Pipefitter Technical Training program offers unique opportunity to train Level 2 Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprentices through blended learning.

    The program…

  • Centred on productivity: why IMTARC is primed to fill the construction training gap

    Nobody is going to confuse a navy destroyer for a Vancouver condominium, but there’s a remarkable overlap in the skills required to build them. It’s…

  • Pacific Maritime Magazine, Regional Report: British Columbia

    Overall economic growth looks positive for the BC marine industry, as various infrastructure projects take shape, particularly port expansions that are necessary to meet changing…

  • Spain looks for piece of shipbuilding pie

    Navantia, the fifth-biggest shipbuilder in the world, brought a Spanish navy frigate to Halifax Monday in a bid to show what it can bring to…

  • Coming this September 28: Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Expo & Championship

    A celebration of clean-technology excellence is to take centre stage in Surrey City Centre this fall.

    The 2016 Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Expo & Championship…

  • B.C. shipbuilding education gets a $2.9M boost

    Seaspan Vancouver has announced a major investment in the province's marine industrial sector in the form of a $2.9 million dollar pledge to support future B.C. shipbuilders.

  • Marine People Partnership Report

    The Marine People Partnership report addresses the challenges, needs and opportunities for strategic workforce development in the greater marine industry, which includes shipbuilding and ship…

  • IMTARC & Camosun’s joint “Passport to Shipbuilding” program featured in Times Colonist

    Times Colonist, May 15, 2016

    Chris Taylor is like most millennials. He wants a good career job and eventually a family and home of his…

  • Shipbuilding is alive and strong

    The transfer of HMCS Regina back to the Royal Canadian Navy signals more than the completion of modernization for the navy’s 12 frigates; it also…

  • Multi-Industry Skills Training (MIST) program helps British Columbians get job-ready

    On November 9, 2015, 12 students made a 20-day commitment to their career futures. This was the first of six cohorts of students - 72…

  • B.C. and Nova Scotia partner to support trades training in the shipbuilding and marine industry

    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today between the provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia to strengthen workforce co-operation including innovation and participation in…

  • CanExport Program provides funding to SMEs seeking to develop export opportunities

    As part of the Government of Canada’s trade strategy to increase Canadian companies’ competitiveness and help them take advantage of opportunities abroad, CanExport Program was…

  • Shipyard in Esquimalt abuzz with refit work

    Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist

    The Ruby Princess is in drydock in Esquimalt for a 10-day stop while 350 Victoria Shipyards workers go flat out to complete a vessel refit. Cruise-ship…

  • OSI to provide TDNS for the Royal Swedish Navy A26 Submarine Program

    Burnaby, BC, December 1, 2015 - OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce that the company has been selected by Saab to deliver Tactical Dived…

  • Cost to build navy’s new warships more than doubles to $30B

    Independent analysis suggests Canada will have to accept fewer ships — or spend a lot more money. The price of 15 new warships for the…

  • Ottawa confirms $587M deal to build navy supply ship in Quebec

    LEVIS, Que. — After putting the project on hold, the federal government said Monday the Chantier Davie Shipyard in Quebec will be granted the sole-source…

  • B.C. Ferries boosts profit, passengers

    B.C. Ferries increased earnings and passenger numbers in its latest financial quarter.

    Earnings came in at $84.5 million for the three months ending Sept. 30.…

  • IMTARC Congratulates Winners of the 2015 Export Awards

    The 2015 BC Export Awards

    The 2015 BC Export Awards, celebrating success and innovation in BC export companies, took place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on Friday, November 20, 2015.…

  • B.C. and LNG Canada announce funding to advance skills training

    (from left to right) Gary Herman, Industry Training Authority CEO, Andy Calitz, LNG Canada CEO, Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, T

    Vancouver, British Columbia, October 15, 2015 – Employers in the construction sector will now be able to apply for funding to help their current…

  • Four new inland ferries draw shipyard interest

    The call is out for shipyards to design and build four new cable ferries for the province’s inland waterways.

    “This makes me very happy,” George…

  • Major upgrade coming for two Spirit-class ferries

    The Spirit of British Columbia, leaving Swartz Bay.   Photograph By DARREN STONE, Victoria Times Colonist

    One Canadian and two foreign shipyards have been shortlisted for the job of converting B.C. Ferries’ two Spirit-class ships to dual-fuel systems and completing their…

  • Skills-training funds buoy Victoria’s Point Hope shipyard

    A small funding announcement for skills training at Point Hope Shipyards Wednesday won’t do much for the 50 workers who formed the backdrop for Premier…

  • Victoria’s Point Hope shipyard charts bright future

    An artist's rendering of what the expansion of Point Hope Shipyard would look like, aligned with the proposed master plan for Dockside Green

    The future of Point Hope Maritime was bleak in the summer of 1985, when owners shut it all down. It was a time when coastal…

  • Top Australian Apprentice Hosted in Innovative BC Apprenticeship Exchange Program

    Langley, BC (June 9, 2015) - A talented Indigenous Australian carpentry apprentice who earned a month-long learning experience in Canada will have an opportunity to…

  • Anatomy of a cruise-ship refit by Victoria Shipyards

    The 947-foot Crown Princess is one of the largest Princess cruise ships, with room for 3,080 guests.   Photograph By ADRIAN LAM, Times Colon

    Everyone from crew members to contractors on the Crown Princess cruise ship moves briskly. After all, the deadline is tight.

    The 289-metre (947-foot) ship was…

  • Looking for skilled workers?

    SkillSource is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing employers with ready access to skilled apprentices and providing apprentices with the guidance, training and support needed…

  • LETTER - More to the LNG story

    Dear Editor,

    Having grown up in North Vancouver in the 1960’s and 70’s and having travelled frequently up to Whistler to ski…

  • Key figure in Victoria shipyard revival is retiring

    When Malcolm Barker retires in a few months, he will leave behind a successful shipyard that he helped to build from scratch at a time…

  • LNG use increasing as marine fuel

    Re: “Ferries and LNG go well together,” editorial, Feb. 4.

    The editorial on the increasing use of liquefied natural gas in the marine sector was…

  • Ferries and LNG go well together

    Predictions of liquefied natural gas powering B.C.’s future are still mostly talk, but at least one LNG dream will come true. B.C. Ferries has signed…

  • Meridian Marine to build innovative self-floating power plant

    Contract marks final stage of alternative energy project for Dent Island Lodge...

    Hull #001 will be a memorable one for Meridian Marine – one which…

  • Esquimalt Drydock Co. wins Queen of Capilano upgrade contract

    Esquimalt Drydock Co. has been hired by B.C. Ferries to do a $12-million mid-life upgrade on the Queen of Capilano.

    An Esquimalt shipyard that has won its biggest B.C. Ferries contract to date is hoping this job will lead to more similar work in the…

  • $7.7-million upgrade for Queen of Oak Bay

    A $7.7-million update to the Queen of Oak Bay is starting at Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock.

    It is the first of B.C. Ferries’ C-class vessels to go…

  • BG Group to delay LNG terminal on Canada’s Pacific coast: report

    “We’re pausing on Prince Rupert to see how the market evolves particularly in function of total supply that will come out of the U.S.,” BG C

    British oil and gas producer BG Group Plc will delay until the next decade a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on Canada’s Pacific coast,…

  • Vancouver Shipyards starts production of first NSPS vessel

    Watched by Seaspan Shipyards President Brian Carter, Minister Diane Finley presses button to initiate steel cutting

    OCTOBER 27, 2014 — Diane Finley, Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada visited Vancouver Shipyards, Vancouver, B.C. today to announce the award…

  • Working the dry dock: A day at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards

    Electrician Jessica Lawson arrives from her Saanich home to begin work at Esquimalt Graving Dock ahead of most of her co-workers.

    As a charge hand…

  • RTO transitions to SkillSource

    For the last 7 years, the Resource Training Organization (RTO) has helped reshape the apprenticeship system in BC and has made important contributions to the…

  • Two Alberni Ship Builders merge as the Industry Turns Around

    Two Port Alberni Ship building companies are merging as demand is on the increase for boats. The two companies showed off boats before their delivery…

  • BC Ferries converting Spirit Class vessels to LNG

    BC Ferries two Spirit Class vessels will be converted to LNG by 2018

    The two largest BC Ferries vessels are going to be running on natural gas by 2018, the ferry corporation announced today.

    The Spirit of Vancouver…

  • B.C. Ferries plans ship refits, terminal upgrade in Port McNeill

    An artists rendering shows the planned $13-million upgrade B.C. Ferries has begun at the Port McNeill terminal, which will include a new wid

    This year, 20 B.C. ferries are getting refits to keep them ship-shape and the Port McNeill terminal on northeast Vancouver Island is undergoing a $13-million…

  • Three B.C. Ferries vessels will be built in Poland

    Artist's rendering of the new B.C. Ferries intermediate-class vessel. Credit: B.C. Ferries - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/

    B.C. Ferries’ three new intermediate-class vessels will be built in Gdansk, Poland, by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. for $165 million. A contract was signed Thursday to…

  • Point Hope expansion spending could reach $60 million

    Uchuck III, a former minesweeper refitted to accommodate passengers and freight, is worked on as part of its annual facelift at Point Hope s

    Now that the company which had been leasing the Point Hope Maritime site in Vic West has purchased the land, its new owner estimates expansion…

  • Seaspan Unveils Name of Canada’s Largest Gantry Crane

    After several months of anticipation and preparation, and the careful consideration of hundreds of student submissions, Seaspan officially r

    After several months of anticipation and preparation, and the careful consideration of hundreds of student submissions, Seaspan officially revealed the name of its newly assembled,…

  • New Industry Training Authority board of directors appointed

    VICTORIA - A new board of directors for B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) was appointed today by Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and…

  • Newport News Shipbuilding apprentices can now earn a bachelor’s degree at ODU

    Students seeking an apprenticeship with Newport News Shipbuilding can now also earn a bachelor's degree in electrical or mechanical engineering thanks to a new…

  • Victoria Shipyards poised for piece of $180M New Zealand project

    Victoria Shipyards is in line to install new combat systems on two New Zealand frigates as part of a larger $180-million contract signed thi

    Victoria Shipyards is in line to install new combat systems on two New Zealand frigates as part of a larger $180-million contract signed this…

  • Minor injuries after fire abroard HMCS Protecteur

    A fire broke out in the engine room of a Canadian Navy ship in the Pacific Ocean Thursday night, but no major injuries were…

  • New Canadian Coast Guard Lifeboats on the Way

    Government of Canada Seeks Feedback on Search And Rescue Lifeboats as Part of National Shipbuilding Procurement Secretariat

    The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and…

  • New ship repair business opens in North Sydney

    © Cape Breton Post photo
Jamey Nicholson, a project manager for Canadian Maritime Engineering, stands near the RJ Ballot tugboat the company

    NORTH SYDNEY — Canadian Maritime Engineering has set up shop at North Sydney harbour and has its sites already set on expansion.

    The…

  • Response from Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan regarding the Rideau Institute Report

    HALIFAX AND NORTH VANCOUVER, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ -

    Critical debate is healthy.  Grossly inaccurate, misleading, factually-empty debate is irresponsible.  

    The recently…

  • BC Ferries Issues Request for Proposals to Build Three New Liquedfied Natural Gas Ferries

    VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that the company has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to five pre-qualified shipyards, including one Canadian proponent,…

  • Shipbuilding lifelong passion for SS Beaver Medal winner Malcolm Barker

    Malcolm Barker praises employees at Victoria Shipyards and puts himself in their shoes.  Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM, Times Colonist

    Victoria Shipyards general manager Malcolm Barker’s “dream” phone call goes like this: “Mr. Barker, I have a problem. Can you help me?”

  • LNG fuel plants planned to serve transport industry in Edmonton, Vancouver

    Westernport Innovations' LNG powered truck.

    CALGARY - Two companies are teaming up to build liquefied natural gas plants in Edmonton and Vancouver to serve the transportation industry.

    In…

  • Easing entry into trades training

    Pre-apprenticeship programs help trades students find their niche. Beth Grayer builds a toolbox for her women in trades discovery program at Camosun College Interurban,…

  • Next big ship deal on tap: Maintenance contract will be worth billions

    Shipbuilding workers relax Oct. 19, 2011 after hearing the news from Ottawa that Irving Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build combat

    Ottawa is starting the ball rolling on the next big shipbuilding lottery that could ultimately be more lucrative than the national shipbuilding program.

  • Seaspan building 10 more ships for coast guard as part of $3.3-billion contract

    Cranes are pictured at the Vancouver Shipyard in North Vancouver, B.C. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The federal government announced that the Vanco

    NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - A North Vancouver company that won a federal shipbuilding contract two years ago is going to get even busier after…

  • Seaspan awarded $3.3 billion contract to build Coast Guard ships

    CCGS Tanu, an Offshore Patrol Vessel

    North Vancouver-based Seaspan Shipyards has won a $3.3 billion contract to build vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, the federal government announced today.

  • The refitting of B.C. Ferries

    The 44-year-old MV TachukÕs current refit will push its lifespan to 2029. Formerly a relief vessel, the ferry will go into active service wh

    Admit it: B.C. Ferries’ newer boats are pretty spiffy.

    In the past six years, the government-owned, sort-of-independent company has added seven…

  • B.C. Ferries given OK to build three new vessels at a cost of hundreds of millions

    The Queen of Burnaby will be replaced under B.C. Ferries’ strategy to standardize its fleet.  Photograph by: WEBGEER VIA WIKIPEDIA, Webgeer

    B.C. Ferries has won approval to buy three new vessels and will seek to bring more standardization to its fleet with the purchase.

  • BC Ferries Commissioner approves major capital expenditure for three intermediate class vessels

    VICTORIA, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The BC Ferries Commissioner has approved BC Ferries' application to construct three new intermediate class vessels to replace…

  • Sidney’s marine training heads east

    Sidney training company’s technology and expertise will be the foundation for a three-year training program offered by the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association.

    Quadrant…

  • $531 million submarine contract secures 200-plus Esquimalt jobs

    HMCS Victoria, part of the submarine-fleet upgrade.  Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM, Times Colonist

    West Coast shipyard workers, including about 200 in Esquimalt, are celebrating a $531-million, five-year contract extension for maintaining and upgrading Canada’s submarines.

    “It’s…

  • 200 Esquimalt jobs protected with new $531 million submarine contract

    Canada has four Victoria class submarines, purchased second-hand from Britain.  Photograph by: Department of National Defence

    OTTAWA — B.C.’s shipbuilding and repair industry will get a shot of good news today when the Harper government announces a five-year, $531-million contract…

  • Minister MacKay announces new vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet

    Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has announced funding of up to…

  • Collaboration key for First Nations seeking share of shipbuilding work

    HALIFAX — East-West collaboration is the key to getting aboriginal communities working on the national shipbuilding program.

    Four First Nations community leaders from…

  • Navy adopts German design for ships built in North Vancouver

    The federal government is a step closer to completing a $2.6-billion deal to build two naval supply ships in Vancouver.

    Once…

  • Point Hope charts course for future

    Point Hope Maritime is taking a fresh look at upgrading buildings and infrastructure as the historic shipyard grapples with the best way to utilize…

  • B.C. Shipyard Workers Earn New Certifications

    A new type of certification has been created in B.C. to provide credentials for experienced shipyard and parks workers following pilot programs this year.

  • NSPS – Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards selected for non-combat vessels

    Seaspan Marine Corp. CEO Jonathan Whitworth speaks to gathering at Vancouver Shipyards. To his left is British Columbia Premier Christy Clar

    A yard full of high-spirited shipbuilders greeted British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Seaspan Marine Corp. CEO Jonathan Whitworth at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards on…