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On Watch Newsletter February 1, 2023 Edition

On Watch February 1, 2023 Edition

February 1, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition February 1,  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 our second edition of On Watch in 2023! This time out we are returning to our Member Spotlights with a feature on Robert Allan Ltd’s naval architect, Andra Papuc. Robert Allan Ltd. has a thriving international business designing tugboats and other vessels for owners and operators around the globe. As you can see from our news section, their tugboats are being built by many yards, and they have mastered the design of tugs for specific uses while adapting the boats to meet the challenges of carbon footprint reduction.

It's a great pleasure for us to feature and connect members through our Spotlights. With over 80 members, our Association represents companies from across Canada, and an important role for us is to create connections and business opportunities within our sector. 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 link with them.

If you are reading this for the first time thanks to it being passed along to you, you are welcome to sign up for future editions here –  it’s free and we never share your emails with anyone. We publish our newsletter every two weeks and bring you news, procurement opportunities and features that pertain to our sector. Please take note of our Job Board and a) take advantage of it if your company has an opening and b) send links to friends and family so that we can attract new people into our sector. We all need the help!  

Finally, if you would like to provide us with feedback and input into items you would like to see covered in this newsletter, or if you would like us to create a unique member spotlight of your company, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Robert Allan Ltd.-Naval Architects & Marine Engineers










Photo of Andra Papuc Courtesy of Robert Allan Ltd

Robert Allan Ltd. is a privately-owned Canadian naval architecture and marine engineering firm based in Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada. The firm was founded by naval architect Robert Allan in 1928, who created some enduring vessel designs that are still in service today. His son Robert F. Allan eventually joined his practice, and a few decades later the current Robert (Rob) Allan joined.

The firm was sold to a group of employees in 2008, but the feeling of a family company remains today. As Andra Papuc, who works as Project Manager / Naval Architect and joined the ownership group in 2013, describes it, employees feel very cared for, and retention levels are very high. Many of the team have been there for 25 years, and indeed, one employee has been there for over 53 years! As a woman succeeding in a male-dominated field, Andra feels that she has always been supported in the company. Now a mentor for other women entering the field, Andra regularly gives presentations at her alma mater, the University of British Columbia, and she sees a bright future for women in ship design and construction at companies like Robert Allan Ltd.

The company designs commercial working vessels of all kinds; however, a key area of business is designing tugboats for the international market. A tugboat in the 24-45 metre length range can be designed quickly, within six months. Thus Robert Allan Ltd. has been able to amass significant experience with this type of vessel and has become an international industry leader in tugboat design. With orders of multiple vessels coming from shipyards and owners across the world, the company has been able to maintain steady operations and avoid the bust and boom cycles that are so challenging for many in the shipbuilding sector.

The quicker design and build cycles of tugboats is very satisfying for naval architects like Andra. She has been able to travel to see some of the designs in action. The company also invests in research and development in order to build upon the wealth of experience from the boats that have already been built and tested. What permeates the work at Robert Allan Ltd. is the constant desire to find out what makes a “good tugboat.” This includes adapting vessels to new challenges and opportunities such as reducing carbon footprints, using new fuels such as green methanol, and incorporating new methods of propulsion such as hybrid propulsion trains. Robert Allan Ltd. is also expanding into other types of categories such as designing offshore windfarm support vessels.

Working in a collaborative environment has been a rewarding experience for Andra, who first joined the company as a co-op student while she was studying naval architecture. 15 years later, the passion for the industry remains. “I didn’t just end up here, it was very purposeful that I started working at Robert Allan Ltd. I have been lucky to work with like-minded people and clients ever since.” And if designing vessels for a living hasn’t been enough for Andra, she is now herself a boat owner and spends many happy moments exploring the BC coast with her own sailboat. Being around boats at work and in her private life, and constantly being inspired to find out what makes a “good boat”, is definitely the way for this naval architect to thrive!

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Technical Information

Alternative Fuels Outlook For Shipping

This white paper by Bureau Veritas details alternative fuels for the shipping industry, considering technological maturity, availability, safety, emissions and regulations. Adopting a well-to-wake approach in its evaluations, our analysis covers the industry’s changing needs resulting from its energy transition and decarbonization ambitions.

View Whitepaper Here

View Bureau Veritas Here


All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Master Boat Delivers First RAL Tug in Series to Bay Houston

The RApport 2600 tugboat Hayden Grace, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), has been delivered to Bay Houston Towing Co. The design includes compact size and shallow draft, allowing the tugs to operate in more confined waterways.

Arctic Naval Refuelling Station Set to Open in 2024, 9 Years Behind Schedule

The Arctic naval base on Baffin Island, the Nanisivik Naval Facility, is expected to open in 2024, and will serve as a refuelling station for the Navy and other government ships.

Type 26 Frigate Promises Naval Interchangeability

The United Kingdom’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship programme with its three partners improves cooperation in capability development, collaborative operations and platform interchangeability.

‘This Shouldn’t be an Issue’: Delay in Canadian Export Permit Could Cost B.C. Businessman his Company.

With a large order due to ship last week, Current Corp. stands to lose a contract supplying optics to India’s navy due to a delay in processing export permits at Global Affairs Canada.

Navy Closes 4 Puget Sound Submarine Dry Docks Following Earthquake Risk Study

Four dry docks the US Navy uses to overhaul nuclear submarines in Washington are temporarily closed after the service found they are at risk for earthquake damage. A potential concern for Canada as well.

India to Introduce Ship Age Limits

The Government of India will shortly unveil age restrictions for ships, in an effort to improve safety and environmental performance.

Clean Arctic Alliance Urges Compulsory Measures to Reduce Impact of Underwater Noise from Ships on Marine Wildlife

The Clean Arctic Alliance today welcomed the progress made this week by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address the impact of underwater noise from ships on marine wildlife but warned that further delay in the development of an action program clearly setting out the next steps – including compulsory measures – will prevent significant action that would decrease vessel noise in our oceans.

World-Unique Methanol Bunkering at Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg

A milestone for the use of methanol as a marine fuel was achieved in the Port of Gothenburg on January 23, as the methanol propelled vessel Stena Germanica was the first non-tanker vessel in the world to be bunkered with methanol ship to ship.

3D Printing: Navy Builds Up Additive Manufacturing on Ships

The US Navy is using 3D printers as a flexible source of supply of parts to save time, lower costs and reduce the need to carry extensive parts inventories.

Op-Ed: Fuels, Emissions and Sustainability

Nathan Wood, carbon reduction specialist, examines potential fuel types which could help the shipping industry move towards alternative fuels to decrease its environmental footprint.

Canadian Coast Guard Autonomous Systems and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Program

Scott Hatcher presented on the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems by the Canadian Coast Guard in order to build maritime domain awareness and broader situational awareness.

Bateman Gallery, Maritime Museum Propose Trading Places

The Bateman Gallery and the Maritime Museum of B.C. are working on plans to have the two attractions switch places, which means the museum could finally find itself on the Inner Harbour after more than 20 years of trying.

Rising Lube Costs to Ease in 2023

The cost of lubricants for ships’ engines climbed by 15% in 2022 adding to the overall rise to the cost of running a ship.

Rare, Recovered 1930s Footage of Steamship Offers Glimpse of Okanagan’s Past

Rare video of the S. S. Sicamous discovered by a historical studies group in Kelowna, B.C. offers a glimpse of a vessel built in Canada’s interior instead of on a major waterway.

More News Here

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Coming Soon

TLMDS Tech, Law and Maritime Defense Summit

This February 1st, experts from Ethics, AI Engineering, Maritime Defense, Maritime Law, Policy Making, and Design Strategy will gather and work together to develop solutions concerning responsible and legally admissible uses of AI technology for detecting and deterring ocean crime. Attendees will leave equipped, inspired, and ready to tackle our world's toughest maritime challenges. Tickets on sale now!

Date: Feb 1-3, 2023

ShipTech Forum 2023-CMISA Members Discount

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. This event facilitates meaningful dialogue between industry, government and military so as to provide stakeholders with the knowledge and share lessons learned from a technological perspective with the aim to showcase successful investments in cutting-edge technologies.

Date: February 28, 2023

Mari-Tech 2023

Evolution Through Technology and Talent--For thousands of years, people have used the water to transport cargo from one place to another. Naturally, with the advent of new technologies and growing workforce knowledge bases, the maritime industry has evolved significantly. However, as we progress further into the digital era, technology and talent are driving change at a rapidly increasing pace. The industry is not only seeing vast improvements in safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability, but also many new opportunities and challenges for further growth.

Date: April 18-20, 2023

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Invitation to Qualify for Wharf Repairs – Carmanville, NL

The ITQ closes on February 1, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Dive Charter Services in Prince Rupert

The RFP closes on February 3,2023

Request for Proposal for Spares for Doors and Hatches

The RFP closes on February 6, 2023

NEW-Invitation to Qualify for Emergency Backup Generator Replacement Canadian Coast Guard Base Parry Sound, ON

The IFQ closes on February 7, 2023

NEW-Invitation to Qualify for Wharf Reconstruction, Upper Whitehead, NS

The IFQ closes on February 13, 2023

Request for Proposal for Dark Vessel Detection Service

The RFP closes on February 15, 2023

Request for Proposal for BioFuels Demonstration for Marine Vessels

The RFP closes on February 15, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Expansion Joint, Pipe

The RFP closes on February 20,2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Nozzle Assembly, Tank Washing

The RFP closes on February 20,2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for MV Confederation Sewage Treatment

The RFP closes on February 21,2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Switch, Pressure/Switch, Liquid Level

The RFP closes on February 21, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Martha L. Black Drydock

The RFP closes on February 24, 2023

Request for Proposal for the CCGS Martha L. Black Drydock

The RFP closes on February 24, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hoses and Pipes

The RFP closes on February 27,2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Scupper Valve Assembly

The RFP closes on February 27, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Gate

The RFP closes on February 27, 2023

Request for Proposal for Victoria-Class Spares – Mount, Resilient, Utility

The RFP closes on February 27, 2023

Request for Proposal Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: adhesives; battery; control equipment; gasket

The RFP closes on March 1, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Inhibitors, Tube Sub-Assembly, Switches, Coils and Microphones

The RFP closes on March 6, 2023

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

The RFP closes on March 15, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Valve, Safety Relief, Switch Box

The RFP closes on March 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

NEW-Request For Supply Arrangement – Small Boats

The RFP closes on June 30, 2023

Request for Information for Naval Inshore Support Vessels

The RFI closes on September 1, 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




ShipTech 2023

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