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On Watch Newsletter April 12, 2023 Edition

On Watch April 12, 2023 Edition

April 12, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition April 12,  2023 



  • CMISA Updates
  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Marine Careers

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From Colin's Desk 



Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch. I was pleased to listen in on the special event at the Chantier Davie shipyard where Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the federal government has reached an agreement with the yard to become the third strategic partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. This is excellent news not only for the yard, but for the entire Canadian supply chain supporting our national shipbuilding projects.

This edition features a member spotlight with Maggie Kennedy of Graphite Innovation & Technologies (GIT), a very innovative company that produces graphene-based marine coatings that are paving the way for more sustainable and eco-friendly vessel coatings. GIT is an example of a company that is committed to a cleaner future and its products support the reduction of carbon emissions, something which Budget 2023 prioritized. For more information on Budget 2023, we have produced a short feature of investments which may be of interest to our members. We are very pleased to highlight the many innovations of our members. If you are not yet a member, but would like to be, we encourage you to join here! If you know of others who might benefit from membership, please share the sign-up link.

As you may have noticed, our job board is now self-serve and far less expensive! You are now able to post opportunities online without having to coordinate it with anyone. And due to that change, we are now able to reduce the cost to $49 per job per month for members and $99 for non-members. Please give it a try and let us know of any feedback. We are here to help. You will find the link here.

If you are reading this for the first time thanks to it being passed along to you, you are welcome to sign up for future editions here –  it’s free and we never share your emails with anyone. We publish our newsletter every two weeks and bring you news, procurement opportunities and features that pertain to our sector. Please take note of our Job Board and a) take advantage of it if your company has an opening and b) send links to friends and family so that we can attract new people into our sector. We all need the help!  

And last of all, I am very excited that I will be able to see many of you in Vancouver next week at our AGM as well as during the MariTech show. Looking forward to connecting with everyone there!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Graphite Innovation & Technologies



Photo of Maggie Kennedy courtesy of Graphite Innovation and Technologies Inc.

Graphite Innovation & Technologies (GIT) is a leading Canadian based sustainable coatings company that produces  graphene-based, biocide-free marine coatings that help ship operators save time and money, all the while helping them meet their sustainability goals. GIT’s coatings are lighter, stronger and more durable than traditional silicon-based coatings, and this keeps vessels clean and reduces drag, which makes them more efficient. Fuel efficiency gains can measure up to 20%.

One of the most exciting benefits of GIT’s sustainable coatings, according to project manager, Maggie Kennedy, is the lightened footprint on sensitive marine ecosystems. Most vessel coatings leech into the water, but GIT’s coatings are durable and clean enough not to release harmful toxins. Moreover, it is very difficult for marine life to grow onto the low-friction coatings, which leads to improved fuel efficiency and fewer routine hull and propeller cleanings.

GIT provides full service to its customers, from production of coatings in Nova Scotia, 24-hour customer support, and inspection services. GIT is currently working to automate their production process to increase capacity to meet growing demand. Another benefit to GIT’s coating is that they last longer, so the hulls and propellers need less frequent dry docking. This is very important since it’s a major cost saving to ship owners as dry docking is timely and expensive.

GIT has a small team of about 20 employees but is growing quickly as its heavy R&D focus is now commercializing. There are many opportunities to partner and grow in the Canadian shipbuilding industry, but there is also great export potential that GIT is taking advantage of to sell to international markets.

In a company that lives and breathes sustainability and diversity in all it does, Maggie enjoys the positive and exciting workplace. “GIT is a great company to work for,” she enthuses, “I get the opportunity to work on many different types of projects. It’s an excellent opportunity and there is lots to learn every day. In a company that is actively recruiting women, it feels like we have come a long way in the marine sector.”

As a CMISA member, Maggie and the rest of the GIT team appreciates that there are so many opportunities to tell the GIT story to members across Canada. As part of an East Coast hub of shipbuilding and ocean research, GIT is well-placed to contribute to a more sustainable marine sector in Canada.

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Special Information

Budget 2023

A key priority of Budget 2023 is to transition to a low-carbon future with a made-in-Canada plan centred on three tiers of federal financial incentives:

  1. Investment tax credits
  2. Low-cost strategic financing
  3. Targeted GoC investments and programming

The low carbon economy focus in Budget 2023 attempts to put Canada on a competitive footing with the US and its Inflation Reduction Act, noting at the same time that US domestic content can include Canada so there are opportunities for Canadian companies

Strengthening Trade

Budget 2023 proposes a number of initiatives to strengthen trade, which can benefit Canadian marine sector companies to expand their markets:

  • Establishing a National Supply Chain Strategy with strategic trade corridor investments
  • Ensuring preferred free trade access to the whole G7 and two-thirds of global consumers through the new NAFTA, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Canada Growth Fund

Budget 2023 proposes a new Investment Tax Credit for Clean Technology Manufacturing:

  • Refundable tax credit of 30% of the cost of investments in manufacturing machinery and equipment used in a broad range of production, extraction, processing and recycling activities
  • The total cost will be about $1B
  • The Canada Growth Fund will be managed by the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, an arm’s length organization that will allow the Canada Growth Fund to move quickly and being making investments to support the growth of Canada’s clean economy.
  • The Infrastructure Bank will also invest $20B to support clean growth infrastructure

Getting Major Projects Done

Expedited impact assessment and permitting processes for major projects will increase the speed by which businesses can get projects moving. The focus on timelines to enact policies was welcomed by Canadian business leaders as it will help Canadian businesses keep up with the U.S., which is already offering tax credits and other incentives to help heavy industry decarbonize.

  • $1.3B over 6 years to departments and agencies to improve the efficiency of assessments for major projects
  • By the end of 2023 the GoC will have a plan to improve the efficiency of impact assessments and permitting processes for major projects

Student Work Placement Program

Budget 2023 proposes to invest $197.7M in 2024-25 to the Student Work Placement Program for work-integrated learning opportunities for students through partnerships between employers and post-secondary institutions, which can provide marine sector employers with the opportunity to develop relationships that can yield talented new employees.

Strengthening Canada’s Trade Corridors

Budget 2023 will provide investments to strengthen Canada’s transportation systems and supply chain infrastructure:

  • $27.2 M over five years for a Transportation Supply Chain Office
  • Develop a long-term roadmap for Canada’s transportation infrastructure
  • $25 M over five years to develop transportation supply chain data
  • Launch a review of the Shipping Conferences Exemption Act to improve marine shipping competition

Safe and Reliable Ferry Services in Eastern Canada

  • $29.9 M over two years for the Ferry Services Contribution Program

Green Shipping Corridor Program

$165.4 M over seven years to establish a Green Shipping Corridor Program to reduce the impact of marine shipping on surrounding communities and ecosystems. The program will help spur the launch of the next generation of clean ships, invest in shore power technology, and prioritize low-emission and low-noise vessels at ports.


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Recent News

Davie Shipbuilding Joins Irving, Seaspan in National Shipbuilding Program

Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Chantier-Davie will be the third shipyard in the National Shipbuilding Program, to build six icebreakers and one polar icebreaker.

Thordon Opens New Market with Wilson Vessel Retrofit Project

In what marks a relatively new application for Thordon Bearings’ pioneering polymer material, Wilson Ship Management AS (“Wilson”), a Norway-based ship manager, replaced the greased bronze bearings on the hatch cover wheels of the hatch cover wheels some of its dry cargo vessels with self-lubricating ThorPlas-Blue bearings.

Royal Canadian Navy Pitches $60 Billion Submarine Purchase, Say Defence and Industry Sources

The navy is pushing for the acquisition of 12 submarines to be included in the Liberal government’s Defence Policy Update, at an estimated cost of $60 billion. 

Seaspan Shipyards Marks $2 Billion in Supplier Contracts Under National Shipbuilding Program

With more than a decade of building federal ships under its belt, Seaspan Shipyards recently marked another milestone, passing the $2 billion mark in contracts awarded to over 700 Canadian companies for the design and construction of NSS vessels.

World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Ferry Enters Operation in Norway

Norway has become the first country to use liquid hydrogen as fuel, which it sees as a giant technology leap for the maritime industry.

The Unsinkable Case for Buying Submarines

A modern and expanded fleet of submarines would give Canada the ability to project naval power, to protect its waters and to address pressing defence priorities.

Kingston, Ont. Marine Museum Acquires Titanic-Era Ship

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes has acquired the S.S. Keewatin, a Titanic-era steamliner built in 1907. The vessel will make a pitstop at Heddle Shipyards for maintenance on the way to the new home.

Buyer of Used Submarine Beware

Australia needs to be careful in buying used U.S. submarines to ensure they aren’t acquiring expensive problems.

Port of Hamilton-Oshawa to Acquire Green Hydrogen from Atura Power

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with Atura Power to acquire green hydrogen as part of its commitment to supporting the growth of clean energy and reducing its carbon footprint. 

Mothership and Battery Swapping Could Repower All-Electric CTVs

Battery swapping is a key element in a new concept for recharging CTVs developed by Vancouver, B.C.-based Zephyrus Marine. The company has now signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japanese shipbuilder Mirai Ships to build the Zephyrus Zero Carbon Offshore wind service vessel.

New Marine Atlantic Ferry Takes to the Water

Marine Atlantic’s new dual-fuel battery hybrid ferry was recently launched in China, and is expected to be delivered in 2024.

Are There Really Any Limits to Artificial Intelligence in Shipping?

AI is already in our sector and will continue to affect us all in many ways.

Leveraging the Ocean to Create a Solution to Global Water Shortages in Canada

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, working with member company AF Theriault and others, has just unveiled a ground-breaking project that could revolutionise the way we create affordable clean water, by leveraging the power of the ocean to create an environmentally-friendly solution to global water shortages.

Atlas Copco Welcomes MK Power to its Dealer Network

MK Power, a leading provider of power generation solutions in Mississauga, Ontario, has joined the Atlas Copco Power Technique dealer network, effective immediately. This partnership will allow MK Power to offer a wider range of high-quality power generation equipment to their customers.

More News Here

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Coming Soon

CMISA Annual General Meeting 2023

Please don’t forget to register for the CMISA AGM and reception in Vancouver on April 17th, just before Mari-Tech! We are really looking forward to seeing many of our members there. All the details can be found here.

Date: April 17, 2023

Mari-Tech 2023

Evolution Through Technology and Talent--For thousands of years, people have used the water to transport cargo from one place to another. Naturally, with the advent of new technologies and growing workforce knowledge bases, the maritime industry has evolved significantly. However, as we progress further into the digital era, technology and talent are driving change at a rapidly increasing pace. The industry is not only seeing vast improvements in safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability, but also many new opportunities and challenges for further growth.

Date: April 18-20, 2023

Davie Suppliers Association AGM

Annual General Meeting of the Davie Canada Suppliers Association at the Lévis Convention center starting at 11 a.m. followed by a conference dinner and networking meetings.

Date: April 28, 2023

Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) Conference

The Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) 2022 Conference will take place May 9-11, 2023  at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Conference will bring together 200+ ocean professionals in the ocean sector, including representation from equity seeking groups: 2SLGBTQ+ community; Indigenous communities; persons with disabilities; and racialized people.  The CWOIL initiative aims to attract, develop and retain a robust, diverse and inclusive talent pipeline that includes women from all origins to enable and accelerate Canadian innovation, research and technology development, and market and export leadership, in ocean industries.   From November 14 – 16, 2022, the CWOIL Conference will see further discussions that will formulate an action plan for ensuring more women become leaders in ocean industries. Additionally, there will be a celebration of current female leaders in ocean industries.

Date: May 9-11, 2023

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Placing, Lifting/Removal, Maintaining and the Servicing of Buoys in the Province of Nova Scotia

The RFP closes on April 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Maritime High Speed Navigation Systems

The RFP closes on April 18, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Des Groseilliers, Drydock – Spring 2023

The RFP closes on April 19, 2023

Request for Proposal for Installation and Servicing of Aids to Navigation on the Southern Lakes Yukon Territory

The RFP closes on April 19, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on April 19, 2023

Request for Information for VCM Solid Waste Handling

The RFI closes on April 21, 2023

Request for Proposal for Underwater Remote Vehicle

The RFP closes on April 24, 2023

Request for Proposal for Regulatory Drydock, Inspection

The RFP closes on April 26, 2023

NEW-Invitation to Qualify for Wharf Construction (Phase 2) – St. John’s (Prosser Rock), NL

The ITQ closes on May 1, 2023

Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

Request for Proposal for EREP Large High Speed Sweep System

The RFP closes on May 8, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Submarine Battery Chargers, CFB Esquimalt

The RFP closes on May 15, 2023

Request for Proposal for Centralized Control and Alarm Monitoring Systems (CCAMS) for Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPV) of CCG

The RFP closes on May 19, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for MV Leif Ericson Main Engine Lube Oil Pumps

The RFP closes on May 25, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Small Vessel Disposal Services

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

Request For Supply Arrangement – Small Boats

The RFP closes on June 30, 2023

Request for Information for Naval Inshore Support Vessels

The RFI closes on September 1, 2023

Request for Proposal for Disposal of 25 Vessels at Campobello Island

The RFP closes on November 23, 2023

Letter of Interest/Request for Information for Marine Procurement Outlook Presentations Mari-Tech 2022

The LOI/RFI closes on December 30, 2024

Request for Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029




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