Can somebody tell me when was the last time a BC shipyard built any sort of significant ocean going ship of any sort? The fast ferries? Has a single shipyard in BC built a steel vessel over 30 meters length in the past DECADE?
2008 Seaspan built a 102 meter ferry.
While it was not problem free in it's construction, it was built and it does float….
Essentially the government is paying $3.3bn so that Seaspan can stumble its way through learning how to build ships again, with the resulting cost overruns, delays, and quality problems that will inevitably ensue.
You do realize that they were already won a $8 bn contract for building government vessels? The 3.3 is just on top of that.
I'm just curious as to what you think would be a better option? Did you feel better when the other ferries were built in Germany? Would you rather see the $11 billion be spent elsewhere? If this is the case should we not just bring in foreign workers to build our roads, mine our earth(oh shit, I think they're already starting this one)and harvest our forests?
I really hope that this isn't another blunder for our province….but really what was a better option?