NSPS forges ahead with unprecedented change in shipbuilding and marine technology

The Shipbuilding Association of Canada, in conjunction with Vanguard Magazine will be hosting a Shipbuilding Technology Forum in Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.

This one-day forum is intended to raise awareness about current and emerging technologies that have the potential to significantly impact how ships are built and outfitted.

Some of the topics of interest include liquid natural gas (LNG) propulsion, new building strategies, design, cost reduction, improving production, ship classification and green passports, just to name a few.

The timing of this event is perfect, as the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) is spearheading unprecedented changes in shipbuilding and marine technology in Canada. NSPS directly affects two major Canadian shipyards and many technology suppliers, but it is not a panacea for them. Our forum will benefit all shipyards and suppliers, but it will be particularly helpful to those that are still primarily focused on the commercial marketplace.

The Canadian government recently signed a free trade agreement with the European Union that will require us to achieve higher manufacturing productivity to remain competitive in the global market.

If projections are correct, we can expect limitless markets to be available to Canadians in the arctic and the offshore oil and gas sectors. Additionally, countries with no prior interest in the arctic are preparing to take advantage of the opportunities in the arctic.

Do you want to be a part of the conversation?

Join us on November 26, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., where you will have the opportunity to network with over 200 government and industry leaders and learn more about Canada’s excellence in technical shipbuilding.

Register now to take advantage of our Early Bird rate. Click here for more details.

Peter Cairns (Vice Admiral, retired) served in the Canadian Navy for 39 years, retiring in 1994. He presently serves as president of the Shipbuilding Association of Canada.

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