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On Watch April 21, 2021

On Watch April 21, 2021



  April 21, 2021


Words from the CEO

cmisapresidentimg-jan272021.jpgWelcome to another edition of On Watch, where we are pleased to feature an interview with Jill Rossi, Project Manager at Liburdi GAPCO in our Member Spotlight this edition. As with our previous Member Spotlights highlighting Terragon Environmental and Aquila PQMS, we are excited to showcase the innovations brought to the marine sector by Canadian companies, and especially the impact that women are making in a sector that has been historically dominated by men. It is encouraging to see our sector embrace diversity and inclusion, and to offer rewarding careers based on deep interest in all things marine to a wide variety of people in Canada. 

Internationally, I had the pleasure of presenting the state of the maritime sector in Canada to a delegation of German marine companies during the annual Internal Briefing for Maritime and Shipbuilding Project hosted by the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The over two dozen German companies represented a wide variety of companies looking to enter the Canadian market. Many represented innovative green technologies that may be of interest to our Canadian members who are looking to partner with other companies to add this capability to their offering.

Happy reading, and please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your colleagues and contacts and be sure to scroll down to the bottom to check out the latest Government of Canada marine procurement opportunities.

Colin Cooke


Member Spotlight: Liburdi GAPCO
Photo courtesy of Liburdi GAPCO

Liburdi GAPCO is a Canadian automated welding service company that uses the latest Liburdi Dimetrics technology and semi-autonomous equipment to undertake high quality weld processing. The company offers on-site, full-service turnkey weld procedures that improve quality, are repeatable, and are more cost effective and efficient for the customer.

Liburdi’s standard equipment can be customized and modified for specific jobs, and its portability ensures that Liburdi teams work in a wide variety of environments, in sectors such nuclear, power and oil and gas, and is particularly applicable to the marine sector. Jill Rossi, Project Manager, explains that Liburdi has made great contributions to frigate repairs, especially the repair and restoration of corroded Rudder Stock degraded over decades of navigation in a wide variety of Maritime waters. A dedicated repair process was built by Liburdi to restore and return Rudder Stocks back into service by using mechanized welding equipment.

Liburdi GAPCO is now opening up to the wider marine industry and offering its experience and quality processes to more shipyards as well as original equipment manufacturers in the sector. An anomaly in a male-dominated field, Jill finds the work to be very rewarding. Her first marine project was working on a submarine. “I’ve enjoyed every job I’ve worked on in the marine industry, for the Department of National Defence, for the Canadian Coast Guard, I just love it.” She values membership in the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association due to her passion for anything connected with the marine sector, and for the new leads and contacts she gains through the Association. Liburdi GAPCO new autonomous technologies for quality welding are well-placed to support the volume of defence and commercial shipbuilding on deck in Canada.


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LNG-Powered Ship Sighting on St. Lawrence Seaway Signals a Small Wave of the Future

The Ramelia, a nearly 500-foot ship in brilliant red and white, turned some heads this month when it headed west on the St. Lawrence Seaway, toward Lake Ontario. Observant ship watchers noticed two large tanks on its deck, with the letters LNG painted on them.

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Industry Collaborates on Guidance for the Safe Use of Ammonia as Ship Fuel

Lloyd’s Register’s Decarbonization Hub, A.P. Moller-Maersk, MAN Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NYK Line, Total and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping are joining forces in a new project with the purpose of guiding safe use of ammonia as a fuel for shipping.

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World Bank Report Questions LNG Role as Marine Fuel

Last Friday the World Bank published new research on decarbonising the maritime transport sector with findings that indicate significant business and development opportunities for countries, including for developing and emerging economies.

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44 per cent increase in unique ships entering Canada’s Northwest Passage, says report

The report, “Arctic Shipping Status Report – Shipping in the Northwest Passage,”  was done by the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group using data from its Arctic Ship Traffic Data Base.

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MBDA Confirms Sea Ceptor Order For Canadian Surface Combatant

Utilising the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) as its effector, Sea Ceptor will undertake the Close-In Air Defence System (CIADS) role on-board the new CSC frigates.

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Ship of dreams

ST. MARY’S – The chance to christen the new Country Harbour ferry, connecting the municipal districts of St. Mary’s and Guysborough, is bringing history alive for hundreds of school children and renewing community hopes for smooth sailing ahead.

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52 Asterix Crew Members Honoured by Canada for Exceptional Service

52 Asterix civilian crew members have received the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Operational Service Medal with Expedition (OSM-EXP) for their support during Operation PROJECTION in 2019.

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The Blue Economy Is More Than Resources: It Has To Focus on Social Equity and Governance

The future of an equitable and sustainable global ocean, or "Blue Economy," depends on more than the resources available for technological advancement and industry expansion. 

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Stanton urges federal colleagues to keep historic ship in Port McNicoll

'Keewatin is a touchstone of our region’s marine history, a major tourist attraction and a community treasure of national significance,' says Simcoe North MP, who presented a petition to the House of Commons this week

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  • Build and maintain ships for Canada and for the private sector (Build & Maintain)
  • Support business opportunities for our marine industry members (Support)
  • Sustain a network to voice our concerns and promote our solutions (Sustain)


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