BC Ferries announced earlier this week that a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued to five pre-qualified shipyards to build three intermediate class ferries. The new craft are intended to replace the Queen of Burnaby and Queen of Nanaimo, both of which after almost 50 years of service are preparing to meet their maker. An RFP has now been issued to invite the following yards to participate further in the procurement process to design and build the new vessels:
BC Ferries is aiming to achieve efficiencies in construction, maintenance, training and service flexibility through greater standardization of vessel classes in the future.
A highly unusual storm, the remnants of Hurricane Xaver, created havoc across much of Northern Europe last week. London’s main flood defence system, the Thames Barrier, was closed on Thursday evening and again on Friday afternoon for the 126th time in its 31-year history due to a major water surge across the North Sea which even caused flooding in central Hamburg. The UK Environment Agency issued 138 flood warnings across Scotland and England’s east coast but that could not save many homes from land erosion and loss.