BC Ferries Issues Request for Proposals to Build Three …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom BC Ferries announced yesterday that the company has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to five pre-qualified shipyards, including one Canadian proponent, to build three intermediate class ferries to replace the 48-year old Queen of Burnaby and the 49-year old Queen of Nanaimo. Both of these vessels are nearing the end of their service lives and will be retired in 2016.BC Ferries intends to build two vessels capable of carrying 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew to replace the Queen of Burnaby, which sails between Comox and Powell River and to replace the Queen of Nanaimo, which services the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route. A third vessel capable of carrying 125 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew will also be built to augment peak and shoulder season service on the Southern Gulf Islands route, plus provide refit relief around the fleet.Nine pre-qualified shipyards responded to a Request for Pre-Qualification. An RFP has now been issued to invite the following five pre-qualified shipyards to participate further in the procurement process to design and build the three intermediate class vessels:• Fiskerstrand Blrt As – Norway• Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co.KG – Germany• Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. – Poland• Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. – Canada• Sefine Shipyard – Turkey“As we embark on this next phase of our newbuild program, these vessels will set a new standard of efficiency for the fleet,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering. “Currently we operate 18 classes of vessels in a fleet of 35 ships. This project is the stepping stone to eventually bring the fleet into potentially five classes of vessels. Standardization of vessel classes will achieve cost savings by building ships with standardized equipment and systems, which will save maintenance and training costs, realize service flexibility across various route options, and interoperability between vessels.” My location BCFerries, December 10, 2013last_img read more

Sandhya tells army chief to intervene in case

She also warned that the life of the soldier could be in danger, especially at the hands of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, today urged Army Commander Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva, to intervene and assist the investigations into the alleged involvement of a soldier over the disappearance of her husband.Eknaligoda urged Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva to hand over the soldier believed to have been involved in the disappearance of her husband to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). She also urged President Maithripala Sirisena not to conceal the report over her husband’s investigation owing to outside pressure. (Colombo Gazette) “The Rajapaksa’s are capable of burying evidence and killing the witnesses,” she said. There have been reports that a soldier attached to the Minneriya army camp is being questioned over the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda in 2010.Sandhya Eknaligoda said that she was expecting the investigations report on the disappearance of her husband to be released soon but to her disappointment it has not yet been released. read more

Regions hit hard by plunge in commodity prices get sweetened EI pot

OTTAWA – The federal budget is changing the rules that govern employment insurance, measures aimed at helping resource-dependent provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Workers there, many of them likely at or near the end of their unemployment benefits, will get a short-term boost.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget adds five weeks to the regular 45 weeks of EI benefits those workers receive, effective in July but retroactive to January 2015.That measure will cost the treasury $405 million this year and $177 million next year.Long-tenured workers in the 12 regions identified in the budget as suffering the sharpest jumps in joblessness will be eligible for an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks.That change, too, will be effective in July but retroactive to January of last year.“In the short-term, the collapse of the price of oil and other commodities has strained families and communities in many provinces,” Morneau said in his budget speech.The budget also cut the two-week waiting period for benefits to one week, starting next year, added $19 million to speed up processing of benefit applications and $73 million over two years to hire more people at overwhelmed call centres. Regions hit hard by plunge in commodity prices get sweetened EI pot in budget by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 2:58 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Finance Minister Bill Morneau holds a news conference before the release of his federal budget in Ottawa, Tuesday March 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand read more