The Calgary Herald is reporting that the Canadian Government has raised the estimated price of their new Heavy Icebreaker, the Diefenbaker, from $720M to $1.3B (Canadian). Not a lot of difference in the value of the Canadian and US dollars these days, so it make the Coast Guard’s estimate of close to $1B look…well, reasonable.
The two classes of icebreakers are very much contemporaries. The Polar Star is projected to last only until 2020. It is not yet clear when a new USCG icebreaker will enter service since its procurement is only in the preliminary stages, and there has been no significant funding for it. Plus the Coast Guard is contending they will need funding assistance from other agencies to make construction possible.
“…a scheduling conflict at the shipyard with the navy’s new resupply ships means work on the Diefenbaker won’t start until at least 2018, and the icebreaker won’t be ready until 2022.”
Perhaps an opportunity for some cooperation?