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Boatbuilders boosting capacity and hiring workers to keep up with demand

Wedgeport Boats is boosting its production capacity and hiring more employees to meet the strong demand for modern lobster-fishing boats.,, The challenge for Nova Scotia’s boatyards – some industry insiders say the biggest challenge – is finding those employees to build increasingly complex and larger lobster-fishing boats. “Boatbuilders are looking at replacing wood with some composite panels for deckhouses,” said Tim Edwards, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association. “Many lobster boats are being fitted with live wells – to help improve the quality of landed catch. click here to read the story 08:54

Lobster fishery propels boatbuilding boom, could see resurgence in Liverpool

Speaking at the Mersey Forum on June 8 at Lane’s Privateer Inn in Liverpool, the executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association said companies from Cheticamp in Cape Breton to Meteghan in Digby County are busy trying to keep up with orders. “It has been very strong in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, just servicing the needs, primarily, of the lobster fishermen,” Tim Edwards told the Queens County Advance. “In addition to that, there is a small handful of yards doing work for the city of Halifax and the Province of Nova with ferries and also small patrol boats for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. When you lump all that together, it is busy times.” Read the story here 11:36

The Nova Scotia boatbuilding industry is booming!

The Nova Scotia boatbuilding industry is booming. The order books are filled up for several years or more at most shops, there’s talk of at least one new shop opening on Cape Sable Island and the demand for used vessels is high on both sides of the border. With the Canadian dollar now trading below par with the U.S. greenback, the exchange rate is an attraction for Americans buying Canadian says Tim Edwards, executive director of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA). Read the rest here 12:40

N.S. builders of small boats say bidding for federal contracts too complex

Halifax Herald – OTTAWA — Nova Scotia boat builders are eyeing a share of federal shipbuilding contracts, but they want Ottawa to rework the bidding process first. The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association is pushing the federal government to make changes before hundreds of new contracts open up for bidding in the coming decades. continued   NSBA website