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How would Iriving know that Canada would select a bunch of kit that would require a bigger ship?Honestly Irving engineering and partners knew full well when they bid on the RFP what was going to happen with the ship being larger. But they went forward. Which is typical of government bidding. That was one of the major concerns with Seaspan was their lack of expansion capabilities of their facilities. Or so was mentioned.
The entire process needs accountability from the start and we have not witnessed this at all. Weill we see 15 ships, I doubt it. The costs are already through the roof and the expectations of even the first ship are years aways. But money will be funneled until it gets cancelled due to cost over runs. the players know this.
Even if they suspected it, they met the terms of the contract.
And who would you propose to hold accountable? There is something like 5 DGs from 4 departments regularly involved, and about a dozen departments, the PCO, PMO, TBS etc all involved in the various DPS approval gates. There are so many fingers in the pie if you held an individual responsible they would be a sacrificial goat.