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On Watch Newsletter August 16, 2023 Edition

On Watch August 16, 2023 Edition

August 16, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition August 16,  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! Although fall is around the corner – and some days feels like it’s here already - I know we are all enjoying these last few weeks of summer. At the same time, we are all mindful of the disastrous climatic occurrences that keep cropping up, from floods to tornados to devastating wildfires. It is reassuring to see our sector developing and adopting more sustainable systems to ensure that ships and shipping are operating as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

We have resumed our Member Spotlight in this issue, featuring Marine Thinking’s Anisha Bhattacharyya. Marine Thinking is a small East-Coast company offering autonomous technology products for a variety of uses and is on the forefront of new technologies that use AI to create safer, more efficient and more sustainable operations. If you are a member and would like to be highlighted in a special feature, please do reach out and we will arrange it. 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.

You may have noticed a trend in our Member Spotlights and in the many news items and reports we have gathered for you in recent issues, and that is the wide variety of Canadian companies offering new services and products that improve sustainability of our oceans and waterways. Hybrid propulsion systems, new fuels, new vessel designs, as well as harnessing the power of datasets for optimal design, maintenance, navigation, and marine systems integration are some of these new developments. We will continue to monitor these trends and publish them for your perusal.

Finally, a quick note to Member companies – your Internal assigned Contact Person for your CMISA Membership will have received a notification to vote for 3 new CMISA Board Members. Your company has until August 25th to indicate your preference so if you have not seen the email, please ask the individual registered as your main point of contact or reach out to Sandra at for assistance. We value your input!

I hope you enjoy this late summer edition and do send any suggestions you may have our way. Happy summer everyone!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



In the Spotlight

Marine Thinking



Photo of Anisha Bhattacharyya courtesy of Marine Thinking

Marine Thinking is a cutting-edge Halifax-based company specializing in autonomous technology for the marine sector. Marine Thinking’s core product is the autonomous control and communication system that can transform conventional vessels into Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs). This technology has facilitated the successful development of three distinct USV product lines by Marine Thinking: portable USV (Marine Tracer), search and rescue USV (Marine Guardian), and RHIB (Rigid Hall Inflatable Boat) based USV (Marine Acadia).  Offering navigation and multi-tier communication systems to artificial intelligence and machine learning, Marine Thinking is at the forefront of transforming the way we understand and interact with oceans and waterways.

A key advantage offered by Marine Thinking, according to Office Manager Anisha Bhattacharyya, is that the autonomous systems the company offers can be used on any new or existing vessel. This versatility allows clients to fit the systems onto the boats and systems they are most comfortable with. Because Marine Thinking’s products are so flexible, this also makes them affordable and lowers the learning curve for clients who can adapt them to what they already have. There are other obvious advantages to using autonomous technology on the water, as Anisha points out, “You increase efficiency and accuracy by using set points to navigate or to have a control centre on shore. Also, autonomous vessels do not require optimal conditions and would spare people from being set out in potentially dangerous seas/ conditions.”

The uses of autonomous technologies have a wide range of applications in the marine sector, from environmental monitoring such as for oil spills, to looking for “ghost” gear lost at sea, to helping navigate and make port surveying more efficient. For a young company, Marine Thinking has already acquired an impressive list of clients including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Transport Canada and the National Research Council of Canada. “We aim to be the leading USV solutions provider in Canada,” Anisha elaborated, “and for the Government of Canada to rely on us for their needs. In fact, with our export potential we have great global opportunities.”

A recent graduate from the Masters program in Environmental Engineering at Dalhousie University, Anisha’s research on cleaning up oil spills led her to hand-pick Marine Thinking as a company which aligned with her interests and values in marine safety and sustainability. This strategic approach landed her the job, and her six months there confirms that an open and diverse workplace attracts like-minded people with a passion for ocean sustainability and an interest in new technologies.

Connecting to the larger marine sector is also something that Anisha values, and she appreciates the opportunities and access to conferences, webinars, networks and resources that being a member of CMISA affords. “We value our presence in the national marine sector here in Canada,” Anisha says, “It’s what we do and who we are.” Marine Thinking’s approach to utilizing new technologies in ways that are flexible, affordable and scalable is certainly finding resonance in our sector and proves that the path to a more sustainable and efficient marine environment can begin with small steps.

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Technical Information

IMO III: Guidance on Remote Survey and ISM Code Audits Finalized

The 9th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 9) agreed on guidelines for remote surveys and ISM Code audits in extraordinary circumstances, and on updates to the survey guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) and the procedures for port state control.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

It’s Thinking: New High Tech Drives a Covey Island Vessel, No Humans Needed

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship has been demonstrating autonomous vehicle technology designed and installed by Marine Thinking.

Thordon Bearings Picked for Canadian Coast Guard AOPS Newbuilds

Thordon Bearings has been awarded a contract to supply seawater-lubricated bearings for installation on the first of two modified versions of Canada’s Harry DeWolf-class of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV).

Awards 2022 Best Unique Passenger Vessel – L’ESTUAIRE – NAVANEX

Here is an innovative and versatile development of the RIB concept that provides both excellent visibility and comfort to passengers watching whales in cold Canadian waters. All of these were undertaken with a remarkable sense of aesthetics, resulting in this impressive whale-watching boat.

Damage to HMCS Winnipeg Limits Warship’s Operations, DND Confirms

One of the Royal Canadian Navy’s frigates has damage to its propeller and structural cracks and corrosion, limiting the operation of the ship.

OCI’s Launches Coast Guard INBS for Canadian and Global Market

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC) to deliver two shipsets of their Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems (INBS) for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Program.

Canada Invests in New Patrol Vessels for Fisheries Enforcement

Canada will build four new patrol vessels for its conservation and protection programs in Atlantic Canada.

ISI Cuts Steel on the CCG’s First AOPS

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has officially cut steel for the first of the two future Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, marking the official start of construction of the vessel.

Taxpayers on the Hook for Halifax Shipyard Expansion

The Government of Canada will invest an additional $463 million in the Canadian Surface Combatant project’s infrastructure to enhance construction.

Celebrating 40 Years in Canada’s Naval Industry

L3Harris Technologies has been a partner of the RCN for more than 40 years, with its Integrated Platform Management System being part of the Halifax-class program.

Australia-NZ Could Combine on Deal for Smaller, Missile-Laden Frigates

Australia and New Zealand could team up on building a new fleet of light frigates, with British shipbuilding giant Babcock pitching the proposal for its Arrowhead frigate to Defence amid a major naval review. This plan could affect the number of Hunter-Class frigates ultimately ordered by the RAN.

Sea Drones: What are They and How Much Do They Cost?

Ukraine’s deployment of sea drones, at relatively low cost, marks a new era for naval warfare and pushes other navies to develop these kind of systems into their operational practice.

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.

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Coming Soon

CFA 2023 Conference and Tradeshow

Join us in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia from September 17 - 19, 2023 for the CFA 2023 Conference and Trade Show! The 2023 Conference theme is “Ferries and the communities they serve – People, the environment and the economy.”

Date: September 17-19, 2023

Maritime Cybersecurity-Canada's Current and Future Challenges

The maritime industry is increasingly reliant on digital systems and connected technologies, making it vulnerable to cyber threats. Our seminar brings together leading experts and cybersecurity professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in the maritime sector. Through engaging presentations, interactive demonstrations, and networking opportunities,  you’ll gain insights into the latest research, emerging threats and real-world experiences, empowering you to make informed decisions in protecting maritime assets, infrastructure and people.

Date: September 18-19, 2023

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

DDNC in collaboration with DAIR is pleased to offer a three-part program: Main Event, a workshop and a follow-up session on this important topic. Featuring Nurdan Tokoz – Change Management Expert – Nurdanpinar Solutions for Human Performance.

The Diversity Development Network of Canada (DDNC) seeks to establish the Canadian DEIB Benchmark and further identify resources to support your business or organization’s DEIB development & implementation. Your opinions and input are needed to identify the Canadian Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) status within the Canadian Industrial landscape. Please report only for Canadian operations and activities.

Please take a few minutes (approximately 10 minutes) to complete this important survey. All individual and company information will be kept confidential. Data captured will be solely used for developing the 2023 Industry DEIB Benchmark Survey report. All responses will be aggregated. All respondents will receive the resulting full report in appreciation of survey participation.

Please complete the survey by August 31, 2023. 2023 Diversity Benchmark Survey

Date: September 28, 2023


DEFSEC Atlantic, presented by the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association, is a major networking opportunity for the Aerospace, Defence and Security industries - the second largest of its kind in Canada. Focused on showcasing Atlantic Canadian opportunities, the show's worldwide reach creates partnership potential for all attendees. Incorporating elements of both a trade show and a defence procurement conference, it provides access to "the right people" in an engaging and professional setting. All attendees have opportunities, through our B2B meetings program, social events, presentations & expert panel discussions and communications tools, to interact with all levels of defence, industry and government participants.

Date: October 3-5, 2023

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Navtex Transmitters Equipment

The RFP closes on August 18, 2023

Request for Proposal for the Former CCGS Bartlett – Vessel Disposal

The RFP closes on August 18, 2023

Request for Proposal for Vessel Satellite Services

The RFP closes on August 21, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for F3065-230152 Dry Dock 2023 Leim

The RFP closes on August 22, 2023

Request for Proposal for RCMP 6.25-6.50 m Runabout Jet Boats

The RFP closes on August 22, 2023

Request for Proposal for Patrol Vessels Lindsay and Higgitt – Engine Installations

The RFP closes on August 23, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on August 28, 2023

Request for Proposal for Universal Joint, Nonvehicular

The RFP closes on August 28, 2023

Request for Proposal for Strainer, Sediment

The RFP closes on August 28, 2023

Request for Proposal for Trailer Multi Role Boat

The RFP closes on August 29, 2023

Request for Proposal for Ship Internal Communications Systems

The RFP closes on August 29, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria Class Spares – Gasket, Actuator, Hydraulic-Pneumatic, Linear, Pump, Rotary, Stud, Plain

The RFP closes on August 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Alfred Needler Disposal

The RFP closes on August 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Emergency Generator Sets for CCG 1200 Medium Icebreaker Vessels

The RFP closes on August 31, 2023

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 September 1, 2023

Request for Information for Naval Inshore Support Vessels

The RFI closes on September 1, 2023


The RFI/LOI closes on September 1, 2023

Request for Proposal for Aluminum Utility Boat with Trailer

The RFP closes on September 5, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA-Class Spares – Valves and Disks

The RFP closes on September 6, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Analyzer Gas, Breathing Apparatus Remote Supply, Probe Gas Concentration, Thumbscrew

The RFP closes on September 7, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Driss and Small Boats SBCA Support

The RFP closes on September 8, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Route Survey Payload Deep Water

The RFP closes on September 8, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Plates and Spares for AZL Mast and Torque Motor

The RFP closes on September 18, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Judy LaMarsh Conversion - Drydocking

The RFP closes on September 20, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares - Switch Box

The RFP closes on October 2, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Griffon – Vessel Life Extension (VLE)

The RFP closes on October 11, 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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