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On Watch Newsletter April 26, 2023 Edition

On Watch April 26, 2023 Edition

April 26, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition April 26,  2023 



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

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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch. I am feeling so energized after a week in Vancouver where we held our Annual General Meeting, participated in our first MIAC meeting, and attended MariTech2023. For the AGM, again, I want to thank our board members for steering us through a year where we all emerged out of the global pandemic. I also want to give a huge and heartfelt thank you to our AGM sponsors: Duke Marine Technical Services, Genoa Design International, Glamox, Nauticomp and the Diversity Development Network of Canada. Please do read the feature article on our sponsors, many of whom we have featured in Members Spotlights in past editions of On Watch. 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 I write this, we are in the midst of one of the largest Canadian federal public service strikes in history, with 155,000 employees in a legal strike position picketing across the country. With the potential of picket lines interrupting the work of ports, we hope that this labour unrest is resolved quickly. I am cognizant that some of these striking employees are ship’s crews, and we all hope that renewed collective agreements can be resolved at the negotiating table with fair and reasonable deals.

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!  

Finally, if you would like to provide us with feedback and input into items you would like to see covered in this newsletter, or if you would like us to create a unique member spotlight of your company, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



AGM Spotlight

Thank you to our AGM sponsors!



Photo of Colin Cooke, President of CMISA

In lieu of a Member Spotlight this week, the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association (CMISA) is pleased to feature the sponsors of our recent Annual General Meeting, held on April 17.

Genoa Design International is a production design and 3D ship modeling company that is transforming shipbuilding and long-term operations and maintenance. A Canadian company, Genoa Design employs over 240 people in Mount Pearl, Vancouver and New Orleans. As today’s ships are becoming more complex, being able to experience a ship virtually is a huge boon to shipyards and indeed, the entire supply chain. 3D vessel simulations help save money, time and frustration in the construction process as well as in subsequent maintenance and refits. Genoa Design is proud to offer its expertise in developing fully integrated digital ships to vessels for the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy and commercial shipyards across North America.  

Glamox is an industrial group with a subsidiary in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland that develops, manufactures and distributes professional lighting solutions for the global market. Glamox’s mission is to provide sustainable lighting solutions that improve the performance and well-being of people. The Global Marine, Offshore & Wind division offers smart, elegant lighting for all marine needs. The extensive product selection includes a wide range of high-quality luminaires with the latest technology. Glamox is a complete supplier and will help solve any challenges their customers may have. With in-house production, customers have greater flexibility and can benefit from customization. Glamox’s goal is to partner with its customers from first consultation to long after installation, with a focus on sustainability, human-centric lighting, and integrated light management systems.

Duke Marine Technical Services is a highly specialized personnel firm in two high demand industries: shipbuilding and oil & gas. From all corners of the shipbuilding sector, we have heard of labour shortages and about how difficult it is to find qualified candidates. This is where Duke Marine comes in with its 20-year established and strong relationships with people and companies. Duke Marine understands the unique needs of its clients and helps them find the best talent available, from entry-level positions all the way up to executive roles. Duke Marine is proud to reflect strong Canadian values and is 100% Canadian. As shipbuilding in Canada has started to flourish again, Duke is proud to help staff projects such as the Royal Canadian Navy’s Joint Support Ships and the Canadian Coast Guard Polar Icebreakers. Duke is female-led and operated, and actively promotes women, members of Indigenous communities, and transitioning military members to bring the very best talent, diverse viewpoints and life experiences forward.

Nauticomp Inc. is a leading manufacturer of premier LED and LCD displays for military, marine and commercial applications, providing high performance rugged displays that are at the forefront of leading-edge display technology. Nauticomp’s marine displays and monitors are designed for use in harsh marine environments and feature models that are waterproof and sunlight-readable with LED backlighting, multiple inputs, scalable resolution, deep dimming, optically enhanced glass and build to stringent IP67 standards. The marine displays are fully functional for all lighting conditions and marine uses. Nauticomp’s Glass Bridge series is a multifunctional marine display with the industry’s largest display size in the smallest chassis. Nauticomp’s displays are frequently used in a wide variety of commercial vessels, including shipping vessels, cruise ships and private yachts.

Diversity Development Network of Canada was created after founder Marlene Conway Diels saw a growing need for collaboration between all participants in the Canadian workforce. By creating relationships and maintaining sustainable projects, DDNC aims to leverage resources to directly increase diverse peoples' access, entry and advancement in Canadian Industries to fill current and future highly skilled employment gaps. Marlene established the Diversity Development Network of Canada as a Canadian non-profit corporation in 2020 to support Industry, Industry Organizations, Academia, Other Diverse Groups, Individuals and Government spanning all sectors. 

We thank our sponsors for their support of CMISA’s AGM and want to give a shout-out to their significant contributions to the marine sector.

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Technical Information

Operations and Shipbuilding: Challenges and Opportunities

This chapter will examine the history of Canada’s 2010 National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS, originally known as the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy) from the perspective of its icebreaking component, which initially aimed to replace the CCG’s current fleet of aging icebreaking vessels through new domestic construction.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Signature of a collaboration agreement between Ocean and Musqueam

In January 2023, Musqueam and Ocean Group signed a collaborative framework agreement intended to realize Marine Sector opportunities within Musqueam territory, and potentially beyond.

GIT raises CAD$10M Series A to decarbonize marine shipping globally

Industry leading, Halifax-based sustainable coatings company is scaling-up to help the shipping industry to transition towards net zero emissions.

BYD Secures Contract to Design New Electric Passenger Catamaran

BYD Naval Architects have secured the design contract to develop a new electric 27-metre passenger catamaran for Ottawa Boat Cruises as part of their initiative to continue delivering zero emissions tourism to Canada.

CCC, Chilean Navy Sign Contract for Davie’s Procurement and Consulting Services

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) has signed a government to government (G2G) contract with the Chilean Navy for services to purchase an ice-capable Offshore Support Vessel. As part of CCC’s G2G contract, Davie Shipbuilding will use its maritime expertise to provide procurement and consulting services that meets the Chilean Navy’s needs.

‘Workboats for the World’ Pays Tribute to Robert Allan

A celebration was held April 5 to launch “Workboats for the World: The Robert Allan Story”, a history of Robert Allan Ltd., written on the cusp of the company’s 95th year of successful business, by R.G. (Rob) Allan with Peter A. Robson.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces $52M in New Project Activity to Build on Successes in the Ocean Economy

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced $52 million in new, expanded project activity for projects to help member organizations scale up and expand as they continue to gain momentum and develop strong relationships in the supply chain and ecosystem.

Qii.AI/Royal Canadian Navy Contract Highlights the Capabilities of Drones for Maritime Operations

The Royal Canadian Navy recently awarded a contract to Qii.AI to use its software to conduct ship inspections. Working with Canada's Naval Engineering Test Establishment, Qii will use its AI-assisted digital inspection software to detect corrosion on naval ships based on data gathered by small inspection drones from Skydio.

Zephyrus Marine Announces MOU with Mirai Ships, Ad Hoc and Shift

This class NK-approved energy storage system will allow crew transfer vessels to swap their modular battery systems with ease while providing a zero-emission service to the Japanese offshore wind sector.

Eureka Moment for Scottish Company Bringing Deep Learning to Ancient Art of Weighing Ships

A consortium of researchers in Scotland has developed new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will modernise the way shipping vessels are weighed and checked for stability.

Cavitation Awareness Taken to the Edge

Dominis and project partners examined a propeller blade from an in-service Royal Canadian Navy vessel to undertake physical experiments of cavitation inception in order to understand better the causes of underwater radiated noise to help mitigate it.

US Navy Sends a USV Through the Strait of Hormuz

The U.S. Navy sent an L3 Harris Arabian Fox MAST-13 uncrewed surface vessel through the Strait of Hormuz as it ramps up its use of high-tech unmanned assets for patrols and monitoring at sea.

Maritime Not Yet Ready for Prime Time on Alternative Fuels

The maritime industry is not yet ready for the safe adoption at scale of alternative fuels. In order to be able to meet required decarbonization targets, industry stakeholders need to collaborate on closing gaps in current safety management and crew training regulations and requirements.

Green Marine Takes Further Step to Protect Biodiversity

The protection of biodiversity is at the core of international concerns, as it has been for the maritime industry. This year Green Marine is focusing on a new performance indicator for aquatic ecosystems. The environmental certification program’s 2023 criteria were released earlier this month. The new indicator will apply to port authorities and the Seaway management corporations with the goal of improving the health of aquatic ecosystems in the areas of influence of a port.

Submissions to the Canadian Naval Review Essay Competition are now Live

Canadian Naval Review holds an annual essay competition. A prize of $1,000 is awarded for the best essay, provided by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust. The winning essay will be published in CNR

Zinus Solutions Reach North America

Zinus, a global leader in shore power technology and autonomous solutions, is proud to announce its first-ever contract in North America, partnering with Seaspan Ferries to provide cutting-edge charging solutions in British Columbia. This significant milestone marks Zinus's continued expansion of its global presence and its commitment to delivering eco-friendly, efficient solutions for the maritime industry around the world.

More News Here

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Coming Soon

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

Offshore Technology Conference 2023

The Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI) will once again co-exhibit within the Canada Pavilion at OTC 2023 (1-4 May 2023). The Canada Pavilion is located within prime exhibit space. 

Date: May 1-4, 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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Nauticomp Inc.

Marine and Military Display Manufacturer

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Proposal for Tyee Test Fishing Dock Installation and Removal

The RFP closes on April 28, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Passenger Vessel for Hire by Conservation and Protection for Patrols in Waters Adjacent to Western Cape Breton N.S.

The RFP closes on May 1, 2023

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

The ITQ closes on May 1, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Passenger Vessel for Hire by Conservation and Protection for Patrols in Waters Surrounding the Shores of Prince Edward Island

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Installation, Removal and Servicing of Aids to Navigation in the Province of Newfoundland

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Passenger Vessel for Hire by Conservation and Protection for Patrols in Waters Surrounding the Shores of Prince Edward Island

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

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

The RFP closes on May 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for EREP Large High Speed Sweep System

The RFP closes on May 8, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Griffon Alongside Refit 2023

The RFP closes on May 12, 2023

Request for Proposal for Submarine Battery Chargers, CFB Esquimalt

The RFP closes on May 15, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for NSN Cable, Special Purpose, Electrical

The RFP closes on May 19, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Gear Operator, Valve

The RFP closes on May 19, 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 Bolt, Shear

The RFP closes on May 22, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Installation, Removal and Servicing of Aids to Navigation in the Province of Prince Edward Island

The RFP closes on May 23, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve/Diaphragm

The RFP closes on May 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Cartridge, Stop-Check Valve; Valve Assembly, Sole; Valve Butterfly; Gage, Differential Dial Indicating

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Regulating, Fluid Pressure

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Small Vessel Disposal Services

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA Class Spares: Pumps, Probes, and Kits

The RFP closes on June 5, 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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