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On Watch Newsletter August 2, 2023 Edition

On Watch August 2, 2023 Edition

August 2, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition August 2,  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! It’s been a busy two weeks back at the office post-vacation and I am still working my way through all the correspondence. We have lots on the go as we have announced the candidates for board positions so that our members can vote on a larger team for September; we are busy developing our broader fall agenda; and we are working on new services to support everyone. As well, even though it’s summertime, I’ve been seeing quite a few intriguing stories about our sector, which we’ve included in our news section. It’s always so reassuring to read about the innovations, partnerships and growth opportunities happening all across the country in support of our members.

Again, with it being summer and with many on well-deserved vacations, we are deferring our usual Member Spotlight. 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.

Ottawa is digesting the news of a very significant Cabinet shuffle, so we’ve included a small item describing some of the changes to ministries of interest to shipbuilding and the Canadian marine sector. We will continue to watch the situation for you as things develop over the coming weeks.

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

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



In the Spotlight

Federal Government Cabinet Shuffle




Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a major cabinet shuffle on July 26, with the majority of ministers reassigned, 7 new ministers added and 3 ministers leaving cabinet. On the political side, it will take a few weeks for ministers to settle into their new roles with new staff. Government staff, who remain the same, will also be busy briefing the new minister’s offices on key files and learning about new ministerial priorities. We anticipate that it will take somewhat longer to get the new mandate letters. We also expect a domino effect of this large-scale cabinet shuffle on parliamentary secretaries and House committees. We will be keeping a close eye on this changing political scene and any potential opportunities for our sector.

Here are some of the changes to ministries of interest to our sector:

Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Diane Lebouthillier, Liberal MP for the Quebec riding of Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine leaves the revenue portfolio to assume the role of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and will bring her familiarity with her from her maritime riding and with key stakeholders in the fisheries sector.

Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Jean-Yves Duclos, Liberal MP for Québec, previously served as Minister of Health. He will bring the knowledge of shipbuilding, shipping and the marine supply chain from his riding into his new role.

Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence

Bill Blair, Liberal MP for Scarborough Southwest, moves from being Minister of Public Safety to Minister of National Defence. Blair, a retired Toronto police chief, will bring his expertise in domestic security to the position.

Remaining in their portfolios are Innovation, Science and Industry Minister François-Phillippe Champagne and Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault.

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Technical Information

Getting to Zero by 2050-Technical Regulatory Details Matter In Accelerating Decarbonization of Marine Fuels

Action at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to regulate emissions from fuel production, and to consider all types of greenhouse gases (GHGs) — not just CO2 — is moving slowly and not receiving much attention. But these regulatory details are probably more important than the headline-grabbing move to target net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Here’s why.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Government of Canada Invests in Remote Monitoring of Hazardous Vessels

The Canadian Coast Guard has purchased BRNKL Rapid Deploy units from Barnacle Systems Inc. to install on hazardous vessels across Canada to ensure clean and safe waterways.

Province Announces Funding for COVE

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) has received $8.5 million over five years in funding from the Province.

Binational Study Underlines Vital Economic Impact of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System

A comprehensive independent study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway details billions of dollars in economic activity and hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the industry.

Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA): Uniting Disruptors to Shape a Peaceful Future

DIANA is accepting applications for its accelerator programme and test centre network to adopt and integrate new technologies in the areas of bigdata, AI, autonomy, quantum, biotechnologies and human enhancement, energy and propulsion, novel materials and advanced manufacturing, hypersonics and space.

Enhanced Expertise in Advanced 3D Metal Printing Amplified by New Research

The University of New Brunswick has further advanced its position as a frontrunner in materials engineering with the recent appointment of a distinguished researcher, Dr. Hamed Asgari, as the Lockheed Martin Research Chair in Additive Manufacturing in the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence.

ABS Study Points to ‘Transformative Role’ Nuclear Propulsion Can Have on the Maritime Industry

A new study carried out by Herbert Engineering Corp. (HEC) on behalf of ABS classification society finds that the adoption of advanced nuclear reactors onboard a 14,000 TEU containership would basically eliminate the need for refueling of the vessel during its entire 25-year lifespan.

Canada’s Future Submarine Capability

A report has been published that addresses the challenges ahead in sustaining Canada’s submarine capability, including the potential risks and consequences of a capability gap.

Marine Institute Achieves Remote Operations Milestones

The Marine Institute recently piloted underwater vehicles in Norway, more than 4,000 km away. Additionally, a hybrid autonomous and remotely operated vehicle was piloted in May.

Senate NDAA Bans Allied Manufacturing Base from U.S. Navy Shipbuilding

The U.S. Senate has added an amendment to a must-pass defence appropriations bill which would ban foreign-made components from U.S. Navy shipbuilding by 2033 – even if the foreign manufacturers are in allied nations with longstanding defence ties.

Province Exploring Opportunities for Vacant Georgetown Shipyard

The P.E.I. government is purchasing the former East Isle Shipyard property in Georgetown, which has been vacant for 13 years and will consult with the public for future development plans.

Coast Guard’s New Icebreaker at Risk of Further Delays

 The U.S. Coast Guard’s icebreaker program has a lot of design work to complete before starting construction in 2024, which will likely result in a delay.

Expect New Cybersecurity Rule in September, DOD Tells Contractors

The Defense Department and Office of Management and Budget are now slating the release of a proposed Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification rule for September. CMMC will move the defense industry away from self-attestations for compliance with National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines for how to protect controlled but unclassified data on industry networks.

Wärtsilä Supplies Energy Saving Propulsion Devices to Vitol Tankers

Wärtsilä has delivered propulsion efficiency devices to two tankers owned by Vitol. The efficiencies achieved by these devices, a pre-swirl stator that creates an optimal inflow for the propeller, and an energy saving propeller cap, will help reduce energy losses and increase propulsion efficiency and reduce underwater noise.

Marine Procurement Outlook

Worth a look as here are the 4 departmental presentations from the PSPC-hosted marine procurement outlook that was held at H2O in June.

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


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 Nozzle Assembly, Tank Washing

The RFP closes on August 7, 2023

Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Gasket, O-Ring, Parts Kit, Valve, Panel Assembly

The RFP closes on August 7, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Tanu – Vessel Life Extension Docking Refit

The RFP closes on August 9, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Pumping Units, Nuts and Studs

The RFP closes on August 9, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Alfred Needler Disposal

The RFP closes on August 14, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Trailer Multi Role Boat

The RFP closes on August 16, 2023

NEW-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 RCMP 6.25-6.50 m Runabout Jet Boats

The RFP closes on August 22, 2023

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

The RFP closes on August 23, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Judy LaMarsh Conversion - Drydocking

The RFP closes on August 25, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on August 28, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Universal Joint, Nonvehicular

The RFP closes on August 28, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Strainer, Sediment

The RFP closes on August 28, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Ship Internal Communications Systems

The RFP closes on August 29, 2023

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

The RFP closes on August 30, 2023

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

The RFP closes on August 30, 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

NEW-Request for Proposal for Aluminum Utility Boat with Trailer

The RFP closes on September 5, 2023

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

The RFP closes on September 6, 2023

NEW-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

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

The RFP closes on October 2, 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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