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On Watch Newsletter April 3, 2024 Edition

On Watch April 3, 2024 Edition

April 3, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition April 3,  2024 



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

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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! With the Seaway and Great Lakes now open, the shipping season is underway everywhere but the Arctic so our firms are especially busy all across the country while the industry trade shows and events gear up as well. I had the pleasure of seeing many of you in Brossard last week where I had the chance to have a ‘fireside chat’ with the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. At the same event, we were all delighted to see the three NSS Tier 1 yards on stage together and sharing maintenance and refit best practices - I so love seeing collaborations between our Canadian firms!

Our Member Spotlight in this edition features our member Canal Marine via an interview with System Integrator Grace Wu. Canal Marine provides marine electrical engineering and design services internationally as well as to major Canadian government projects. The company is experiencing considerable growth through these projects, and through the widespread innovations in shipbuilding as electrification and hybrid propulsion systems become more common worldwide.

Member Spotlights are an excellent way to bring out the unique offerings of members and to showcase the skills and expertise to our wider national and international readership. We do encourage our members to reach out to us and let us know if you are interested in a Spotlight, with its unique editorial content. e would be happy to arrange an interview and write up the feature. 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.

Happy reading!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Canal Marine



Photo of Grace Wu courtesy of Canal Marine

Canal Marine and Industrial (CANAL) provides marine electrical engineering services and design to vessel owners, ship builders and repairers, and naval architects. Based in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, with an additional office in North Vancouver, CANAL’s services support vessel refits, power and propulsion refits and systems design and integration for marine control, electrical power and propulsion systems.

CANAL’s projects include major vessels being designed and built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, ranging from the Joint Support Ships currently being constructed at Seaspan Shipyards for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard’s Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, to the Multi-Purpose Vessels (MPVs) and Polar Icebreaker.

CANAL System Integrator Grace Wu is proud to work on the Polar Icebreaker project as the system responsible engineer of the Ice Load Monitoring System and the Fire Detection and Alarm System. Other than NSS projects, CANAL has worked on some retro-refit electrification projects such as the Marilyn Bell project. According to Grace, it’s an exciting time to work on marine electrification projects. As she says, “There are so many different projects you can work on as the marine sector looks more to hybrid propulsion systems and electrification.” 

With over 50 years in business in Canada, CANAL has a unique offering as the company has so much operational experience in all stages of vessel development and operation. CANAL is at the forefront of shaping Canada’s future fleet through multiple government contracts. This expertise, particularly around hybrid vessels, also lends itself well to export markets and overseas projects, as CANAL continues to grow.

“We have grown considerably in the past few years,” Grace states, “and have doubled the size of our engineering department. What is exciting to me is that CANAL has been bringing in people of diverse backgrounds, including more and more women. In university I was often the only woman in the lab, but on the projects in which CANAL is involved, women fill several senior positions, such as Chief Engineer, Engineering Manager, Electrical Integration Lead, Director of Engineering, and others.” 

Grace is appreciative of the supportive environment that CANAL offers, particularly around career development. A great example is the mentorship program for engineering staff that provides them with expert technical help on their projects. With interesting, large-scale government projects and an empowering environment, CANAL offers many opportunities for growth, which is attractive to engineers like Grace.

Grace also values the networking and advocacy offered by CMISA. She sees the Association as providing opportunities to CANAL in the marine sector, and, importantly, helps CANAL augment its reputation on the world stage.

Website Here





Technical Information

IMO MEPC 81: Negotiations on New GHG Reduction Requirements Continue

The 81th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 81) continued its negotiation of GHG fuel intensity requirements, potentially in combination with a GHG pricing mechanism. Other important decisions include the reporting of transport work and more granular fuel consumption date in the data collection system, and approval of proposals to designate the Canadian Arctic and the Norwegian Sea as NOx, SOx and PM Emission Control Areas.

View info Here

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Recent News

EPA-Notice of Proposed Waiver of BABA Requirements for Clean Ports Program

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a proposed limited public interest waiver for certain zero-emission (battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell) mobile port equipment (e.g., cranes, drayage trucks, yard trucks, other cargo handling equipment, locomotives, and vessels) to be funded in their US$3 billion Clean Ports Program. All projects funded by the Clean Ports Program will be subject to the domestic content sourcing requirements (Buy America) under the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA). Comments are due by April 15, 2024.

Davie Shipyards Receives First $19M Contract to Design New Icebreakers

Davie Shipyards has secured a first $19-million contract for the design of six new icebreakers as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. Davie will conduct an initial assessment to establish the requirements for the construction of the vessels.

Seaspan Awarded $500M in Contracts for Design, Early Work on 6 Coast Guard Ships

The federal government has awarded two contracts worth $500 million to North Vancouver's Seaspan Shipyards to start design and pre-construction work on six large Coast Guard vessels. The six multi-purpose vessels are among up to 16 of the ships Ottawa first announced it would build at Seaspan in 2019, at an estimated cost of $15.7 billion under the national shipbuilding program.

Could it Happen Here

This article provides an excellent review of the relationship between ships and bridges in Halifax in light of the disaster in Baltimore.

The National Council of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering Seeks Nominations for the Award of the CIMarE Mari-Tech Excellence in Belonging in the Marine Industry

CIMarE recognizes the role of diversity and inclusion as being essential to the growth, structure, and continued success of any organization. This award recognizes an CIMarE member company who has shown dedication and commitment to advance equity, inclusivity and diversity of under-represented groups (e.g., women, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, new Canadians, members of visible minorities, etc.) in the aerospace, defence or security sector in Atlantic Canada. 

New Report Confirms that Great Lakes Shipping Generates Lowest Carbon Emissions Per Ton of Cargo

A comprehensive new report that examines the future of lower-carbon shipping fuels for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway maritime system has been released by the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers (GSGP), the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The report finds that each fuel alternative would initially cost more than traditional fuels but that different short and long-term strategies could be used to manage costs.

Sustainable Shipping Fuels to Reach Cost Parity with Fossil Fuels by 2035

Sustainable shipping fuels could reach cost parity with fossil fuels as early as 2035 with the help of decisive emissions policy such as carbon taxes and emissions limits, according to a new report launched today by technology group Wärtsilä.

Australia Selects BAE Systems and ASC to Build SSN-AUKUS

The Australian Government has selected BAE Systems and ASC Pty Ltd to build Australia's new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines in the latest significant development in the AUKUS trilateral security pact between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

World’s First Ammonia-Powered Vessel Sets Sail in Singapore

Australian mining company Fortescue has marked the world’s first use of ammonia as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering port. The groundbreaking vessel, Fortescue Green Pioneer, was loaded with liquid ammonia from the Vopak Banyan Terminal on Jurong Island for a seven-week fuel trial in collaboration with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Faces Delays with no Funding Request for 2025, Aims to Acquire Commercial Icebreaker

The U.S. Coast Guard did not request additional funding for the Polar Security Cutter icebreaker program in 2025, while it revises the program schedule hinting at further delays. To secure additional icebreaker capacity in the short-term it earmarked $125 million to acquire a commercial icebreaker, likely M/V Aiviq.

OSI Awarded Contract for Ship-to-Shore Connector Program from U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault and Connectors Office

OSI Maritime Systems has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy Amphibious Assault and Connectors Program Office to provide a Ship-to-Shore Connector license for the Landing Craft Air Cushion and Landing Craft Utility programs.

Widening Chasm Between Reality and Ambitions Endangers Net Zero Targets

With climate change engulfing the world in heatwaves, countries around the globe have intensified efforts to embrace switch from fossil fuels to cleaner sources of energy supply. However, the rift between the current energy landscape and greener desires continues to expand, putting global net zero targets in peril, based on a new report from the Energy Industries Council (EIC), an energy industry trade association and voice for the global energy supply chain.

HaiSea Marine’s Floating Tugboat Base Marks a Milestone

This video shows the fleet of ultra green tugboats built for Canada’s HaiSea Marine that will operate from a purpose-designed and floating tugboat operations base.

Ship Shape

Good coatings on vessels goes a long way in helping prevent rust. The article compares a few current vessels and their condition of paint and rust.

Canada tries to combat aging marine shipping workforce with online 'ocean school'

Transport Canada says 43% of marine workforce set to retire over next 10 years

How To Position A Ship Onto The Blocks In a Drydock

Great short video on the subject as they position a US battleship for life-extending maintenance.

More News Here

HMCS Sackville

HMCS Sackville is the last surviving WWII corvette, and she needs your financial support to keep her afloat. These “cheap and nasties” were born out of a need to defend convoys from the German U-boat threat. Like their French naval predecessors, Canadian corvettes were built on an old single-hulled whaler design. We re-plated over the original steel in 2020, however Sackville requires a new hull to remain in the water for posterity.

View Website: Here





Coming Soon


We are pleased to invite all of our members to come join us and participate in our, in-person, CMISA Annual General Meeting again this year. We will be hosting it the evening before Mari-Tech begins as usual.

Date: May 13, 2024

Mari-Tech 2024

This year’s theme is NAVIGATING SUSTAINABLE MARINE TRANSPORTATION. Just as mariners use navigation as a safe means of direction, we too as a larger marine community must ascertain where we are and where we are going in terms of ever-changing challenges facing maritime professionals. The rocks and shoals of increasing competition for diminishing supplies are a challenge we all face, and we have no choice but to navigate.

Date: May 14-16, 2024

Combine Naval Event (CNE) 2024

This is the 11th iteration of this meeting, the third time we have co-located three events, and the second time we have added on our Surface Fleet Technology meeting. It is a pleasure to welcome everyone once more to Farnborough, which with its size and links will be our home for the foreseeable future. We are looking to welcome >1,500 attendees representing >50 nations and >200 companies.

Date: May 21-23, 2024

More Events Here

Get involved, become a member!  Do it Now! »





Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Spares for ICTRS Radio Equipment (Hlx Class Ship)

The RFP closes on April 3, 2024

NEW-Request for Supply Arrangement for Marine Technical Services

The RFSA closes on April 16, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for the Supply of 5 High Speed Electric Ferries for the Mill Cove Ferry Service

The RFP closes on April 18, 2024

Request for Proposal for Radar Module for TZ Pro

The RFP closes on April 22, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Spares for Distributed Antenna Subsystem (DAS) (HFX Class Ships)

The RFP closes on April 28, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Mounts and Gaskets

The RFP closes on May 1, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA-Class Spares: Circuit Card Assembly; Buzzer, Electronic; Sonetics Headband; Connector, Electrical, P Lug, Shell Size; Switch, Push

The RFP closes on May 2, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Cape Roger Docking

The RFP closes on May 7, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on May 8, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA-Class Spares – Switch Box

The RFP closes on June 17, 2024

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

The LOI/RFI closes on December 30, 2024

Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning with Capture

The RFP closes on January 30, 2025

Request for Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029

NEW-Request for Supply Arrangement for Small Vessel Disposal Services

The RFSA closes on March 30, 2029




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