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On Watch Newsletter August 30, 2023 Edition

On Watch August 30, 2023 Edition

August 30, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition August 30,  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! Hopefully most of us will get to enjoy the final long weekend of summer as I know we all have a very busy fall ahead. Of course, our thoughts are with the communities in the north and west of the country that are suffering, and our admiration is with the first responders fighting to keep them safe. We hope for rain to get them the break they need.

In this issue we want to introduce you to a new service: for those companies who need a little extra horse-power when it comes time to share important news, we now have Kathy Smith, a seasoned marine writer, on board to make press releases easy and professional. Have a look at the promo piece and reach out anytime to see how Kathy might help. As well, as always, we list a number of government procurement opportunities, events, marine sector jobs and news of interest to our sector.

We will be returning to more member spotlights next month, as we continue to gain and highlight new members. If you are a member and would like to be showcased 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.

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



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Technical Information


Ship-to-Shore Connector Barges

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is acquiring four self-propelled modular barges, being built by Navamar of Montrea for the Department of National Defence’s (DND) Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) project, that project part of the larger Joint Support Ship (JSS) project.  The SSC barges will provide an enhanced capability primarily to Protecteur-class ships being built by Seaspan for the JSS project, enabling those ships to transfer to and from shore, mission essential equipment, stores, and personnel for various Canadian Armed Forces missions.

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Recent News

Federal Government Buying Norwegian Ferry as Interim Replacement on N.S.-P.E.I. Run

The federal government has found a temporary replacement for the MV Holiday Island ferry on the Northumberland Strait run between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Transport Canada is expected to buy Norwegian-flagged MV Fanafjord and have it enter service with Northumberland Ferries Ltd. in May 2024. 

Why Shipping Should be Worried About Soaring Ocean Temperatures

The world’s oceans have been breaking surface temperature levels almost weekly. Such high temperatures could bring extreme weather to shipping routes and ports and cost the industry billions.

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program Update: Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems (CUAS) Sandbox 2024

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is preparing for the next CUAS Sandbox in 2024. The Call for Applications (CFA) is now open. As CUAS technology rapidly evolves, we are on the hunt for the latest CUAS developments with specific interest in kinetic, laser, microwave, and other hard-kill solutions.

Heddle Shipyards Welcomes Mohawk College Students for Skills Program

Heddle Shipyards has teamed up with Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario for the Try-A-Trade: Ship Repair and Fabrication Program. The training program through Mohawk College covers technical skills development, health and safety training, literacy and basic skills assessment, as well as employability skills development.

Halifax to Host Inaugural Fleet Week this September

The inaugural Halifax Fleet Week is coming to town this September as a celebration of the people who make sacrifices for us every day through their service at sea, with more than 1,200 sailors from across the world attending.

Quebec’s Maritime Workforce: A Current Picture

The Comité sectoriel de main-d’oeuvre de l’industrie maritime (CSMOIM) has just released the latest version of its Diagnostic sectoriel de main-d’oeuvre. This study, conducted every three (3) to five (5) years in order to have up-to-date data on the maritime sector, tells us that 15,228 direct jobs and approximately 8,200 indirect jobs are created by the Quebec marine industry to date.

Marine Essentials Curriculum Development Project

Nova Scotia Community College is developing and delivering nine unique credit courses for the marine, aerospace and defence sector. The courses address critical gaps in existing graduate profiles for jobs in these sectors.

FMFCS: An Inside Look into Docking and Undocking Evolutions

The first half of 2023 was incredibly busy for the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott (FMFCS) with the docking and undocking of various vessels. Only about a quarter of this year’s docking/undocking evolutions were initially planned. As Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) vessels age and demand more maintenance, the need for docking/undocking evolutions increase.

Steel Cut for Rizhao Port’s Two New Tugs

A steel cutting ceremony was held earlier this month for a pair of new tugs being built for Rizhao Port, Shandong Province, China. The two Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAmparts 3700 ASD tugs are being built at the facilities of Rizhao Gangda Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.

Corvus Awarded Battery Supply for the World’s Largest Battery Electric Ship

Corvus Energy, the world’s leading provider of zero-emission solutions for the maritime industry, is pleased to announce that the Company has been selected by technology group Wärtsilä to supply the battery systems for the world`s largest 100% electric lightweight Ro-Pax ferry.

Wärtsilä to Supply Propulsion for Brazilian Navy’s Polar Vessel

Wärtsilä announced it has been tapped to supply the main power generation and power conversion system for a new 103.16m Antarctic Support Vessel being built for the Brazilian Navy at Brazil’s Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz shipyard.

Three Shipowners Take on a New Absolute Zero Emissions Challenge

Three shipowners have accepted to take up the absolute zero emissions challenge posed by the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTA), a global industry body representing technologies and fuel providers who are already committed to absolute zero.

When blue fuels masquerade as green

An opinion piece musing over the identification challenges that may arise regarding new fuels.

The Titan Submersible Disaster was Years in the Making, New Details Reveal

To many in the tight-knit deep-sea exploration community, OceanGate’s submersible dives were reckless and often dangerous. This article shows how classification societies help to keep us all safe

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

Connect With Icelandic Seatech, Food Processing, and Financial Services Companies in Vancouver on September 25TH

Icelandic companies will be on hand to showcase and discuss their technologies and services with potential Canadian partners from across BC’s Lower Mainland and beyond. These will include but not be limited to Hefring Marine, offering intelligent marine guidance and fuel efficiency technologies; KAPP, specializing in liquid ice solutions; Marel, a global leader in food processing technology; and Icelandic banks with decades of experience lending to fisheries companies in Europe and North America.

Date: September 25, 2023

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Current Procurement Opportunities


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 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

Request for Proposal for Aluminum Utility Boat with Trailer

The RFP closes on September 5, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Alfred Needler Disposal

The RFP closes on September 7, 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

Request for Proposal for Driss and Small Boats SBCA Support

The RFP closes on September 8, 2023

Request for Proposal for Route Survey Payload Deep Water

The RFP closes on September 8, 2023


The RFI/LOI closes on September 15, 2023

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

NEW-Request for Proposal for New Brand – Outboard Motors, Inboard Motors and Stern Drives

The RFP closes on September 25, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Nonmetallic Hoses and Hose Assemblies

The RFP closes on September 25, 2023

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

The RFP closes on September 26, 2023

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

The RFP closes on October 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Pressure Transmitter 0-600 PSI Strainer, Sediment

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Cartridge, Water Demineralizer, Ion Exchange

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Filter Element, Reverse Osmosis

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Transmitter, Pressure

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

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

The RFP closes on October 4, 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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