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September 14, 2009
WORKBOATS OR WARSHIPS?...A NATIONAL SHIPBUILDING STRATEGY for CANADA
Robert G. Allan, P. Eng., FRINA, FSNAMEExecutive ChairmanROBERT ALLAN LTD.Vancouver, BC
I have been an active member of the Canadian Shipbuilding industry for 38 years. I have participated actively in the Canadian Shipbuilding Industry Association for nearly all of thoseyears, including many as a Director. I have sat as a Member of the following committees dealingwith this subject:
Task Force on Canadian Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Industry, reporting to theMinister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (1978);
The Committee on Design Development for PWGSC (1993);
The "Technology Roadmap" Committee for Canadian Shipbuilding (2002); and
As a member of the several iterations of the Shipbuilding and Industrial MarineAdvisory Council as advisers to various Ministers of Industry and Trade from 2002through 2005With that background, it is somewhat difficult to view the present planning process for aCanadian Shipbuilding Strategy without some degree of scepticism. Will we REALLY developa workable strategy on which the industry can move forward, and will the shipbuilding industry,now weakened almost to the point of dissolution, be able to respond effectively?The following is a position paper which I wrote in 2002 as part of the TechnologyRoadmap Committee. It is, to a very large degree, still entirely germane to the debate, andtherefore I attach it here as my considered viewpoint on this subject, with only minor editingwhere events have made the original comments obsolete.