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  • Kevin Griffin
    November 02, 2012 - 10:09

    Gentlemen, please remove your heads from the sand. This is economics not politics. No one is building cargo ships in Canada any more. The large lakes companies such as Canada Steamship Lines and Algoma Central (now incorporating Upper Lakes) have ordered in China and there is a raft of ships now coming from there - a good dozen to start with. That did not happen until Ottawa removed the 25% import duty on ships - instead nobody was building ships in Canada because it was too expensive and the fleet was aging. BC has built ferries at the same shipyard in Germany that is now building for Oceanex, and Desgagnés has ordered ships from Europe too. Canadian shipyards are no longer competitive for commercial ships. And in these straightened times Ottawa cannot afford to award the kind of 40% shipbuilding subsidies it did fifty years ago.

  • Chris
    October 19, 2012 - 13:33

    #1 - To Barrelman - It is obvious that Captain Sid Hynes has a lot more responsibility and access to the purse strings, and less people looking over his shoulder, then he had at Marine Atlantic. Make no wonder he left, because he probably couldn't fix it with his hands tied behind his back! #2 - To Dunderdale - See how it's done. No fooling around, JUST DO IT! I say we elect Sid Hynes as Premier, and then you may see Ferries built here, but i am just kidding. The current government ruined that for all future governments, mark my words!

    • mytwocents
      October 20, 2012 - 08:14

      How nice. Sid Hynes has, with this contract, contributed to the job security of 700 employess at the ship building plant in Germany!!! Wow, not only has the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador sold us out, the private sector has as well. Really sad that we could not have benifitted from this contract. And, if someone says that it couldn't be built here they will hear me scream in Germany!

  • Barrelman
    October 19, 2012 - 10:26

    There are a number of problems here. Wasn't Sid Hynes once the "skipper' of Marine Atlantic? As such, wasn't he at the helm before the "new crew" took over, and shouldn't he have been looking down the road to Marine Atlantic's future. Neither did we ever get a satisfactory explanation why the new M.A. crew got rid of Canada's first "super-ferries -- the Caribou and Smallwood - is such a swift, quiet, dubious manner -- and buys "used" ferries from Europe while Canadian shipyards (and workers there) lie idle. But wadda ya know! European shipyards again benefit from a Canadian Newfoundland-based corporate entity!! And Skipper Sid is again in the picture! Looks like a challenging sequence of circumstances for journalistic inquiry. Nothing personal here, Captain Hynes, although there are some folks at Corner Brook still pained to see the waterfront become so quiet after Oceanex left while goods that were trucked out of that city across the island are now trucked in from St. John's ... and plans by Oceanex would indicate there's more of the same in futute.