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On Watch Newsletter December 20, 2023 Edition

On Watch December 20, 2023 Edition

December 20, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition December 20,  2023 



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

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Hello all,

Welcome to our final edition of On Watch for 2023! It’s been quite a year, and we are so pleased to continue to serve our new and existing members as well as all our subscribers. I hope you enjoy this edition and please do send any suggestions you may have our way.

We are delighted to feature our very first CMISA member from the prairies, Calian Composites Ltd. through an interview with Production Manager Monique Lischynski. Calian Composites is on the cutting edge of new materials, and offers exciting opportunities for vessels to utilize advanced, customized composite materials that bring significant advantages to shipbuilders. If any members are interested in a Spotlight, with its unique editorial content, please let us know and we 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.

Please note that the CMISA office will be closed from the end of the day on Friday and reopening on January 8th.

From all of us here at CMISA, we wish you a very happy and peaceful holiday season.

All the best to everyone!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Calian Composites Ltd.



Photo of Monique Lischynski courtesy of Calian Composites

Calian is a Canadian company that has been headquartered in Ottawa for over 40 years. The company has four segments providing a diverse set of solutions in Advanced Technologies, Health, Learning, and IT and Cyber. Calian Composites, a division of Calian, as well as the rest of the Advanced Technologies pillar, have long worked with satellite communication and defence companies and brings a wealth of experience in understanding and meeting demanding requirements, qualification planning and creating guaranteed solutions.

Calian Composites Ltd. is the manufacturing and engineering arm that designs and produces composite structures that are rustproof, corrosion-resistant, durable, lightweight and strong. According to Monique Lischynski, Manager Production, what makes these composite products unique is that they can be manufactured to any shape and can be built to any customer specifications. With her background in manufacturing and operations, this manufacturing flexibility and the ability to meet customer needs makes for a very satisfying job for Monique and her team. As Monique points out, “What we do is innovative, problem-solving and provide customer-focused solutions. Who doesn’t like working in that kind of environment!”

The many benefits of replacing or augmenting traditional materials with composites makes for a very promising future in the marine sector. Calian Composites is currently manufacturing composite components for the unmanned surface vehicle targets used by both Canadian and Australian Navies. These drone targets follow a strict quality assurance plan and cannot fail when deployed in open sea live-fire drills. Calian Composite’s in-house mechanical engineering team specializes in complex composite design and works together with upstream suppliers to provide engineered solutions that decrease weight, increase longevity, and ultimately reduce ongoing maintenance costs for customers. In addition to providing new and promising materials to the Canadian naval and shipbuilding market, Calian Composites also sells into international markets and their Canadian-made products have great export potential that support local jobs.

Both the manufacturing and marine sectors have experienced a great deal of change over the past 25 years, especially for women. Monique explains that Calian Composites has women in all areas of the company, and that the different perspectives, skills and backgrounds employees bring are really valued there. “It’s about what you bring to the table,” she points out, “and we work in a great team environment that is truly collaborative. It’s a great place to be.  As the granddaughter of a New Brunswick cod fisherman, it’s exciting for me to work on marine projects because they are so vital to transportation and economic development in Canada.”

Monique also recognizes that as newcomers to the sector, Calian Composites benefits from being a member of CMISA to make new connections and to start collaborative conversations with the major players on Canada, especially Tier 1 and Tier 2 naval suppliers.

To learn more about Calian Composites, watch this video.

Website Here





Technical Information

Roadmap To Net-Zero Emissions North American Waterborne Transportation

The maritime sector is experiencing a technological revolution that must mature in less than three decades to meet 2050 net zero ambitions. It requires a complete transformation of the operational technologies and business models that have dominated for nearly a century. Unprecedented levels of collaboration are required to accelerate and achieve these transformations for emissions reduction.

This is why Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (“Blue Sky” or “the Coalition”) was launched to facilitate collaboration across the maritime shipping value chain to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in the United States (U.S.) and Canada toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

View Report Here

All Technical Info Here


Recent News


Bay-Houston Towing to Build Robert Allen Tugs

Houston-based Bay-Houston Towing has awarded a contract to Sterling Shipyard in Port Neches, Texas to build multiple Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 3200-W tugs. The RAstar 3200-W is a high-performance ASD ship handling and escort tug designed for berthing/unberthing large ships and providing escort and emergency response in exposed coastal areas with demanding sea states.

Seaspan and Genoa Partner on CCG’s Future Polar Icebreaker

Genoa Design International of Newfoundland and Labrador and Seaspan Shipyards of British Columbia, signed a contract related to the construction of Canada’s new Polar Icebreaker. The deal will see Genoa provide 3D modeling and design technology services for the program, resulting in up to 100 employees working on the project for the next several years.

Presentation from the Marine Procurement Outlook 2023

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) was at the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI) Business Opportunities Conference in Vancouver, on October 17, 2023. Presenters provided an overview of upcoming opportunities for doing business with Canada.

MOL First Shipping Company to Issue ‘Blue Bonds’

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has decided to issue “blue bonds” through a public offering in Japan’s domestic market in January 2024, reportedly the world’s first blue bonds in the shipping industry, which refer to the guidance provided by the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) and other organizations.

Expanded Role for Western Arctic Marine Training Consortium in Hay River

The Marine Training Program has been expanded to the Western Arctic Training Consortium in Hay River, Northwest Territories, offering local residents the skills and qualifications to gain meaningful employment in the marine industry and serve the needs of their community.

$8.4 Billion in Infrastructure Investments Committed to Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping

A binational coalition of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence maritime organizations today released a new survey of infrastructure investments by both the public and private sector in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system.

The Problem with Reducing Underwater Radiated Noise

The main thing holding the shipping industry back from reducing its underwater radiated noise (URN) is not a lack of appropriate technology. It’s argued that many of the technologies being implemented today to reduce fuel consumption also reduce noise. So, the noise reductions could essentially come at no net cost to the shipowner, but there’s a lack of regulation and a lack of targeted incentives, so it’s not being prioritized.

US Congress Passes Bill Allowing Sale of Aukus Nuclear Submarines to Australia

The US Congress has passed legislation allowing the sale of Virginia class submarines to Australia, expected to occur in the 2030s.

Plans for Nuclear-Powered 24,000 TEU Containership Unveiled in China

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has unveiled plans for what could potentially become the world’s largest nuclear-powered containership. Plans for the 24,000-TEU-class ship was unveiled recently at Marintec China expo in Shanghai. The vessel will utilize a fourth-generation Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) to generate electricity.

Launch Day – AOPV 434 Frédérick Rolette

Excellent photos of a day long operation showing the barge Boabarge 37, with the AOPV5, the future HMCS Frédérick Rolette on board, being moved from the Shipyard to Bedford Basin where it was gradually submerged until the ship had buoyancy. The attending tugs then eased the ship away from the barge and back to the shipyard, floating on its own for the first time.

Sea Ice in One of the Fastest Warming Places on Earth

In August 2023, students from Arctic nations were invited to participate in a 3-week research cruise by the Norwegian Polar Institute in conjunction with the Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council. The cruise began in Svalbard and continued up to 84 degrees North in the Arctic Ocean. This video highlights research in our Arctic waters in the near future.

Canada Signs West Coast Green Shipping Corridor Project at COP28

On the margins of COP28 in Dubai, the Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez announced that Canada has signed the Memorandum of Understanding to pursue the establishment of a green shipping corridor between Canada’s West Coast and ports in the United Arab Emirates, Korea and Japan.

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc. Into the Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

The Team Vigilance Offshore Patrol Vessel and has selected Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc. as preferred supplier to provide their expertise in environmental and waste management technologies, and to offer their leading-edge waste management systems into the Vigilance program.

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

Mission Analysis Session Accelerating Ukrainian Mine Clearance Operations 

Notice: This event is targeted at individuals, businesses, and institutions willing and able to meaningful contribute to technological solutions. It is not intended for those simply interested in this topic. ONE9 reserves the right to limit participation to individuals, businesses, and institutions it deems most relevant.

Date: January 16, 2024

DDNC/DAIR Indigenous Inclusivity Event

For SMEs & Larger Organizations, Interest Groups, Diverse Groups, Government Agencies, Individuals. 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

Date: January 25, 2024

ShipTech Forum

The ShipTech Forum is a conference that is intended to showcase emerging technologies, address a range of marine and shipbuilding issues as well as ship repair and the advantages they provide for growth and export. We are beginning to plan for the 11th annual conference.

Date: February 27, 2024

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Current Procurement Opportunities


Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly, Nonmetallic 

The RFP closes on December 21, 2023 

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Filters, Bearings, Voltmeters, Electrical Contacts, Switches 

The RFP closes on January 5, 2024 

NEW-Request for Proposal for Telescopic Masts

The RFP closes on January 9, 2024

Request for Proposal for SMP – Spares – Spacer Ring 

The RFP closes on January 11, 2024 

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Mount, Resilient, Utility, Weapon System; Mount, Resilient, Utility: Nonmetallic Channel; Maintenance Kit, Electronic Equipment 

The RFP closes on January 11, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Transmitter, Temperature, Electrical Resistance

The RFP closes on January 12, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Valves and Glands 

The RFP closes on January 15, 2024 

Request for Proposal for SMP – Spares - Brake 

The RFP closes on January 16, 2024 

NEW-Request for Proposal for Nozzle, Distribution, Water

The RFP closes on January 18, 2024

Request for Proposal for Nozzle, Spray, Fluid-Emulsion 

The RFP closes on January 18, 2024 

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Butterfly

The RFP closes on January 18, 2024

Request for Proposal for Switch, Liquid Level 

The RFP closes on January 18, 2024 

NEW-Request for Proposal for Parts, Switches, Accessories, Hardware

The RFP closes on January 22, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Bracket Locking Bolt; Locking Bolt; Pin Toggle, Eye Collar; Tailshaft Assembly 

The RFP closes on January 25, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Pump Unit, Centrifugal

The RFP closes on January 29, 2024

NEW-Request for Information for Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) Project In Service Support Third Virtual Industry Engagement Session

The RFI closes on January 31, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares

The RFP closes on February 9, 2024

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

The RFP closes on March 22, 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 Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029




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