I've done some digging on Google, but haven't found what I would consider a reliable number.
Does anybody know how much has been spent on this Oceanographic Vessel in total? (Including the $453.8 million just announced?)
so why the delay issuing the build order?
Cost of Coast Guard ship balloons to nearly $1B as questions mount over federal shipbuilding plan
The federal government has quietly revealed that it plans to pay nearly $1 billion to build a new ocean research vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard whose original cost was supposed to be one-tenth that amount.
The new cost estimate for the offshore oceanographic science vessel represents the latest blow to Ottawa’s multibillion-dollar plan to build new ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Coast Guard, first revealed more than a decade ago and beset by problems ever since.
It also sets the stage for what is likely to be a difficult week for the government as Parliament’s budget watchdog and the federal auditor general prepare to release separate, highly-anticipated reports on the plan’s actual costs and problems [CSCs].
The federal procurement department revealed the new $966-million price tag for the science vessel on Friday, quietly posting the new cost online on the same day it officially awarded Vancouver-based Seaspan Shipyards a contract to build the ship.
That represents a nearly tenfold increase over the original plan to spend $108 million to replace the Coast Guard’s oldest and largest research ship, the CCGS Hudson, when the project was launched in 2008.
It is also three times the government’s most recent estimate in 2016, when Ottawa predicted the vessel would cost $331 million. Coast Guard spokesman Barre Campbell said officials knew at that time that the agency would need more money.
“As the project has progressed and moved closer to construction, the estimated project cost has been updated to reflect the value of negotiated contracts and actual costs incurred, and has been reviewed independently by expert third parties,” Campbell said in an e-mail.
In addition to cost overruns, the project has been plagued by delays. The vessel was supposed to have been delivered by 2017-18, but design and technical problems have pushed that date back until at least 2024.
In the meantime, Ottawa has been forced to sink more money into the Hudson to ensure the Coast Guard has an ocean research ship...
The original cost for the offshore oceanographic science vessel was supposed to be one-tenth that amountwww.theglobeandmail.com
It’s for full program cost transparency. No surprises, and full impact to the government’s fiscal framework is seen and acknowledged.It's all-in costs. It's the way the Fed gov't does accounting since Harper. I don't understand why but I assume it's for more accountability.
Key thing is apparent ten-fold increase in cost estimate from 2008, then three-fold increase from 2016 (less than five years ago) , with no ship for several more years. Not a Good Look.It`s a recipe for problems if they don`t break down the costing though. Frankly I don`t think it`s a worthwhile exercise unless it's a brand new capability. Your already running a similar sized ship, unless there is either a massive savings or a massive increase in costs, it just makes Canada look bad and makes it near impossible to sell ships overseas.
Seaspan to cut steel on offshore science ship this monthFederal government signs $453-million contract with North Vancouver shipyard to build science ship with floating lab
Workers at Seaspan’s North Vancouver shipyard will be cutting steel on a new offshore ocean science vessel this month, following the recent signing of a contract with the federal government to build the ship for $454 million.
Seaspan expects to cut steel to begin building the ship by the end of March, said Amy MacLeod, vice-president of corporate affairs and external communications for Seaspan.
Delivery of the ship is expected in 2024.
The offshore ocean science vessel is the third type of ship being built at the local shipyard under the federal government’s national shipbuilding strategy.
The new ship will replace the current Canadian Coast Guard vessel Hudson, its oldest and largest science vessel. The ship will be capable of conducting multiple tasks, including oceanographic, geological and hydrographic survey missions.
Science ship will include a floating lab
“It's not just a vessel. It has a full high-end research laboratory on it as well, so it’s quite a sophisticated ship,” said MacLeod.
At about 88 metres in length, the ship will be about 30 per cent larger than the earlier three fisheries ships built at Seaspan.
Work on the ocean science vessel will start while construction on the first massive navy joint support ship is still ongoing at Seaspan.
Work on that ship is “well advanced,” said MacLeod. “It’s an imposing ship. You can’t miss it.”
The first joint support ship is scheduled for completion in 2023. The second joint support ship is to be finished in 2025, one year after the ocean science vessel.
Federal ships keep 1,300 people working at Seaspan
The ships are expected to keep approximately 1,300 people working at Seaspan. “The goal is continuous employment,” said MacLeod.
With a total budget of $966.5 million, the ocean science vessel is now expected to cost almost over six times more to build than the $144 million originally projected over a decade ago.
“Today, we've got a much, much more robust and reliable understanding of the time and effort and expenditure to build these vessels and also to design them,” said MacLeod.
“Those early estimates, they might not have been as informed as they could have been.”
The federal government has already paid Seaspan to work on the design and engineering of the ocean science vessel under another contract.
MacLeod added that not all of the project budget is for the design and building of the ship...