Saturday, July 18, 2009

Serving the Labrador Coast, a different type of Ship

One issue plaguing the Labrador Coast is we try to make the coast fit "Standard" solutions. This imposes costs out of scale to serving the region. For instance the economy does not offer significant exports. In the near term it will not likely develop them. The fact is, heavy importing of goods are not offset by revenue returning exports. Very few coastal entrepreneurs could fill a 20 foot container with their goods. Placing them at the mercy of the mail service and their subsidized rate structure. At least if they want their products distributed.

But again we are dealing with standard options. Consider a small coastal freighter. One uniquely dedicated to coastal trade. We are not requiring a massive freighter. Hence we can dispense with many costs associated with them. Of course we still want a safe, modern and inexpensive to operate type. If it utilizes green propulsion, even better. Perhaps Bio diesel or Natural Gas/Electric Drive. Certainly it should be up to full Canada ice standards.

Consider this as a starting point:

This is a ship used by the thousand in WWII. It is the U.S. Army FS/FP class freighter. It represents a class very adept to working in small out of way places. Ones with little infrastructure. Sound familar?

These little ships were expected to perform, and perform at an austere and organic level of economy. They were designed for autonomy and dependability. Easy and cheap to build. Not fussy over their staff. Many soldiered on many decades after seeing retirement after the war. A testament to their designers.