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On Watch Newsletter December 6, 2023 Edition

On Watch December 6, 2023 Edition

December 6, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition December 6,  2023 



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

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From Colin's Desk 



Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch!  I’m just back from the International WorkBoat Show, which was very busy with the organizers stating that it had a 60% increase in attendance from 2022 having over 1000 exhibitors and over 13,000 attendees. It was great to lead a Team Canada group of 9 companies from right across the country where we had the occasion to connect with international opportunities and to find out more about how to better position our Canadian supply chain to grow offshore. 

Although we are already into winter here in Ottawa and anything to do with water seems as though it should be related to skating, our news section is chock full this edition showing how busy everyone is, and it is especially great to see all the member activity. 

With the business of the Show behind us now, we will be returning to our Member Spotlights in the next edition. 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. 

I hope you enjoy this early winter edition and do send any suggestions you may have our way. 

All the best to everyone!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Event Spotlight

International WorkBoat Show 2023



We’re back! 9 companies from 6 provinces participated in the first ever CMISA Team Canada booth last week at the 2023 International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. We had hired Totm Exposition out of Montreal to design, build, and take down the booth and we heard nothing but positive feedback for their work. Additionally, we had tremendous support from the Government of Canada in the form of a Consul General, two Trade Commissioners, a representative from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and two reps from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (DEC). Finally, Leann Collins from Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI) joined us to provide her great support and expertise. Altogether, I think it’s safe to say that the event was a big success for all involved. 

We are already beginning the planning process for next year as we hope to secure support from the Trade Commissioner Service of Canada again and so we’ll be back in touch on that front sometime in the new year one way or the other. As well, we hope to be able to provide additional services such as Trade Show Training; intro sessions re procurement with the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Trade panels, etc. Should anyone have any ideas or suggestions, please reach out before the holidays if possible so that we can factor as much as we can into our plans. We aim to be able to assist as many Canadian attendees as possible at the show next year, not just those in the Team Canada booth. 

So once again, a huge thank you to all involved. All the best with the contacts and connections made by those who attended, and we hope that we will be celebrating lots of closed deals when we reconvene next year! 

Website Here





Technical Information

What We Heard Report-Marine Pollution Preparedness, Response and Recovery Discussion Paper

There is a link to the report, in which was summarized many of the key points from the submissions that were received from coast to coast to coast. The paper shared details of a proposal to develop a national integrated system to prepare for, respond to and recover from marine pollution incidents that involve oil and/or hazardous and noxious substances. The coordinated system also proposed to clearly defined roles and responsibilities for all partners involved – including developing a formal role for Indigenous communities.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

B.C. Ferries Begins Bidding Process for 7 New Hybrid Vessels 

B.C. Ferries has issued a request for expressions of interest (RFEOI) to build up to seven new hybrid vessels to replace the aging members of its fleet, its largest procurement of major vessels. 

Ontario Welcomes $107 Million Manufacturing Investment 

The Ontario government is welcoming an investment of over $107 million by Heddle Shipyards, the largest ship repair and construction company on the Great Lakes. This investment will be used to tackle complex Vessel Life Extension (VLE) projects at the company’s Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines and create 30 new, good-paying jobs in the region. 

Glosten and Simens Energy Select Key Equipment Vendors for World’s First Hydrogen-Hybrid Research Vessel 

Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Glosten and Siemens Energy have selected Ballard Power Systems and Chart Industries as primary equipment vendors for their design of the first hydrogen-hybrid research vessel in the world, known as the CCRV. 

The State of the Royal Canadian Navy 

VAdm Angus Topshee offers a very blunt assessment of the state of the Royal Canadian Navy and speaks of what must be done to maintain operational readiness in the coming years. 

LMC Selects OSI to Design the Integrated Bridge and Navigation System for the RCN CSC 

OSI Maritime Systems has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin Canada to design the Integrated Bridge and Navigation Systems for the first three Royal Canadian Navy Canadian Surface Combatants. 

Canada’s CyberSecure Certificate Program was a Misfire – One We’re Already Repeating 

The national Cyber Security Assessment and Certification program for small and medium-sized enterprises aimed to elevate the cybersecurity posture of 98% of businesses in the country but only few companies have obtained certification. 

Steady as She Goes: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy Steaming Ahead 

A new economic study conducted by Deloitte quantifies the benefits through the National Shipbuilding Strategy delivered to date by Seaspan Shipyards. 

Understanding Fuel Life Cycle Assessment Terminology  

A new simplified glossary that supports the industry to gain a better understanding of the terminologies and phraseologies used in life cycle assessments (LCA) and sustainability criteria relating to alternative marine fuels has been launched. 

CFB Halifax to Get New $188M Training Facility 

CFB Halifax will get a new $188-million training facility to provide training for armed forces members with above-water, underwater and maritime air fighting expertise. 

Canada Re-Elected to IMO Council 

Canada was re-elected today to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council in Category B—states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade— for the 2024-25 term. The results of this election recognize Canada’s important contribution and leadership on issues that matter to Canadians, to seafarers, and to the international maritime community. 

Steerprop to Supply Bow Thrusters for Canadian Coast Guards’ Polar Icebreaker 

Manufacturer of propulsion systems Steerprop has been chosen to supply advanced ice-classed bow thrusters to the Canadian Coast Guard’s new multi-mission polar icebreaker. The ship will be designed and built by Seaspan Shipyards. 

NATO DIANA Announces First Cohort of Innovators, Launches Call for Mentors 

NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) announced the first 44 companies, including Canadian company Marine Thinking, selected to tackle NATO’s specific challenges on energy resilience, undersea sensing and surveillance, and secure information sharing. 

BMT Introduces Full Electric Ferry Design 

BMT has unveiled its new 140ft (42m) 100% electric EF-500 passenger ferry design at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. Featuring a 500-passenger and four-crew capacity, the zero-emission vessel is tailored to meet the rising demand for hybrid or all-electric ferry options in the region. 

Green Shipping Picks Up Speed 

An international treaty aims to bring the shipping industry to net-zero emissions by around 2050. Can novel fuels, wind power and coordination on a global scale get it there? 

South Korea Seeks Naval Shipbuilding Opportunities in North America 

South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration visited 4 U.S. shipyards to discuss opportunities for mutual cooperation and with an eye on competing for the Canadian Patrol Submarine Program. 

IMO Implementation Deadline Looms: MSW 2024 

The International Maritime Organization will set in motion the implementation of its Maritime Single Window in January 2024. Will Canada be ready? 

Shipping CEOs Join Forces to Accelerate the Decarbonization of Global Maritime Transport 

The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of five leading global shipping lines have issued a joint declaration at COP 28 calling for an end date for fossil-only powered newbuilds and urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulator, to create the regulatory conditions to accelerate the transition to green fuels.  

The $1 Billion Offshore Wind Prize for US Shipyards 

The U.S. offshore wind market presents a $1 billion long-term opportunity to builders of crew transfer vessels (CTV) and service operation vessels (SOV) that will support both wind farm construction and long-term operations and maintenance.  

Bureau Veritas Launches Classification Rules for Hydrogen-Fuelled Ships 

Bureau Veritas (BV) has launched its first classification Rules for hydrogen-fuelled ships to support the safe development of hydrogen propulsion in the maritime sector. The newly introduced rules outline the technical requirements for the secure bunkering, storage, preparation, distribution, and utilization of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation on board ships. 

Hunter Class Frigate Passes Preliminary Design Review Milestone 

BAE Systems’ Hunter Class Frigate Program in Australia has successfully completed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR), with a celebratory event to mark the completion held at the Company’s Osborne shipyard to mark the milestone. 

WETA Partners with Wärtsilä on Ferry Fleet Electrification 

San Francisco’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), the operator of the San Francisco Bay Ferry system, has signed a strategic partnership agreement that will see Wärtsilä provide its fleet electrification and systems integrator services for a project to build the first zero-emission high speed ferries in the U.S. 

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

NATO Industry Conference

Exclusive Conference held at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum is an unmissable opportunity to exchange ideas, network and meet leading-edge companies and Government of Canada entities exhibiting at the Marketplace section.

Date: December 11, 2023

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

Ship Tech Forum-Save the Date

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 begining to plan for the 11th annual conference.

Date: February 27, 2024

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Seasonal Vessel Conference

The RFP closes on December 7, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Lighting and Components HFX Class 

The RFP closes on December 8, 2023 

NEW- Request for Proposal for Public Showcase and Dissemination of the Quiet Vessel Initiative (QVI) Research Results 

The RFP closes on December 14, 2023 

Request for Proposal for Scientific Vessel Charter

The RFP closes on December 14, 2023

Request for Proposal for Canadian Port Waste Facilities Case Studies

The RFP closes on December 14, 2023

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

The RFP closes on December 18, 2023

Request for Proposal for Spares Kit, Shroud S

The RFP closes on December 19, 2023

NEW- Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly, Nonmetallic 

The RFP closes on December 21, 2023 

NEW- Request for Proposal for Nozzle, Spray, Fluid-Emulsion 

The RFP closes on January 2, 2024 

NEW- Request for Proposal for Switch, Liquid Level 

The RFP closes on January 2, 2024 

NEW- 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 SMP – Spares – Spacer Ring 

The RFP closes on January 11, 2024 

NEW- 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 Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Valves and Glands 

The RFP closes on January 15, 2024 

NEW- Request for Proposal for SMP – Spares - Brake 

The RFP closes on January 16, 2024 

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

The RFP closes on January 22, 2024

NEW- 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 

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

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

The RFP closes on January 5, 2024.




HMCS Sackville

Learn More Here





Canadian Naval Review

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Team Canada's Presence at the WorkBoat Show


Acier Stigterstaal

Canada Inc.



 A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.


 Aspin Kemp & Associates



BYD-Naval Architects



Duke Marine Technical Services

Canada Inc.


 Genoa Design International Ltd.


 J-Squared Technologies Inc.


 Navanex Inc.


Titan Boats Ltd.


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