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On Watch Newsletter February 15, 2023 Edition

On Watch February 15, 2023 Edition

February 15, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition February 15,  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. We always bring you a wide range of news items reflecting some of the events happening across the country as well as a few of the many interesting international developments in our sector. A few of the pieces that we are noting today highlight new and innovative approaches to lowering greenhouse gas emissions in global shipping. As we feature more and more of our members here, we will see that this is indeed a theme embraced many times at home too.

This edition features an interview with Julie Maillet of Techsol Marine. Techsol’s electrical and electronic solutions definitely support a more sustainable and efficient use of energy on vessels, including futureproofing for longer ship lifespans. As we continue to feature accomplished and talented women like Julie at our member companies, we see once again the values and business benefits that a diverse workforce and a focus on sustainability are bringing to our sector here in Canada.

It's a great pleasure for us to feature and connect members through our Spotlights. With over 80 members, our Association represents companies and yards of all sizes, 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 sign-up link.

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, we have yet to sign off on the venue but please keep late afternoon on Monday April 17th clear should you be in Vancouver as we will be having our AGM and a meet-n-greet the day before Mari-Tech begins. We can’t wait to see many of you in person!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Techsol Marine









Photo of  Julie Maillet Courtesy of Techsol Marine

Techsol Marine is a Quebec City-based company that integrates electrical and electronic systems for the marine sector. Techsol’s engineering solutions for ships are customized to meet best the individual requirements of each vessel. Techsol’s products and services run the gamut of electrical and electronic solutions, including automation and control systems, consoles, electrical and power distribution systems and energy and power management systems. Techsol supports a range of vessels, both in Canada and abroad, from innovative long-line fishing boats to the Canadian Coast Guard’s Offshore fisheries science vessels.

Importantly, given how many years ships are expected to be in service, Techsol continues to support clients throughout the lifespan of the vessel with systems that can be scaled up to meet changing electrical demands. From design through build and in-service support, the attentive team is there to help clients. Techsol also can provide specialized marine parts and equipment, as well as fabricate steel and aluminum structures.

As designer Julie Maillet puts it, Techsol’s solutions are “made to measure.” This kind of customization allows for future augmentation as the requirements of a vessel change over time. Given the increasing role that technology has on ships of all sizes, Techsol can play a vital role in helping vessels evolve to meet these modern challenges.

Julie’s four years at Techsol Marine have been both gratifying and challenging. A key challenge during the global pandemic has been the delays in obtaining electronic chips to fulfill client orders. At the same time, the company is expanding its client base and taking on more orders. The demand for Techsol’s services speaks volumes for the unique position in the marine marketplace that they play.

The positive and supportive work environment is something that Julie values. There are few women in this particular space, although this number is growing as more women enter engineering fields of study. Techsol’s progressive values align with those in Quebec, which Julie sees as a big incentive for women looking for rewarding technical careers in the marine sector.

As part of the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association, Julie appreciates the insider information and news on the sector, as well as the ability for Techsol to increase its visibility across the country.

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Technical Information

Green Shipping Corridors-Leveraging Synergies

As part of COP 26, 24 countries including the Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Chile, and Australia, signed the Clydebank Declaration, with the goal of supporting the establishment of at least six green corridors by the middle of this decade. The ABS publication, Green Shipping Corridors: Leveraging Synergies, provides the foundation needed for making informed decisions regarding selecting, establishing and utilizing green shipping corridors.

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Recent News


STQ Will Add Three New Electric Ferries to Modernize its Fleet and Reduce GHG

The Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) and the Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable have announced plans to purchase three rechargeable electric ferries for the Isle-aux-Coudres and the Sorel-Tracy crossings.

Environmental Approval for First Industrial-Scale Green Hydrogen and Green Ammonia Project in North America

EverWind Fuels Company has received Environmental Approval for the initial phase of its $6 billion, 1 million tonnes per annum green hydrogen and green ammonia project located in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia.

Government of Canada Announces Renewed Funding for the Global Innovation Clusters

The clusters in the federal government Global Innovation Clusters program, including the Ocean Supercluster, will receive additional funding.

Coast Guard Retires Vessel Used for Stock Surveys Off NL

The Canadian Coast Guard has decommissioned the science vessel Alfred Needler, a vessel used in stock surveys off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

COVE Partners with CarteNav to Digitize Halifax Harbour

COVE’s Digital Harbour: Seabed to Space will digitally monitor the Halifax Harbour with an integrated system incorporating data sourced from stationary and mobile platforms located underwater, on the water’s surface, on land, in air, and via satellite.

Advancing Canada’s Science and Innovation for Ocean Protection

Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, has received $46.5 million in federal government funding over five years.

Top Korean Shipping Lines Back Nuclear Power

A host of Korean shipping lines including HMM, Sinokor and H-Line Shipping along with the nation’s class society are pressing ahead with plans to develop nuclear-powered merchant ships.

Japanese Companies Complete Ammonia Bunkering Vessel Study

A conceptual study for an ammonia bunkering vessel has been completed by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

BoatNerd Winter Lay Up List

A list of vessels and where they are laid up for the season.

Underwater Noise and Marine Mammals

ClearSeas is sharing objective information about the impact of underwater noise from marine traffic on marine mammals.

Women of Steel: Forging Forward Program Launches Across Canada

The CWB Welding Foundation is launching a multi-week pre-employment welding course for about 180 women across Canada.

Peter Cairns Leadership Award

The call for submissions for the Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Cairns Award is open. This award recognizes influencers and stakeholders in Canada’s marine sector.

Grant Will Allow Maritime Museum to Digitize Maps, Ships’ Plans

A federal $17,000 heritage grant will allow the Maritime Museum of B.C. to buy a large-format scanner, so items can be digitized and made available to the public.

Canada Confirms Protections for Marine Protected Areas but Shipping Pollution Isn’t Included

Canada formalized its minimum protection standards for marine protected areas at a global ocean conservation summit, but the finalized standards don’t address wastewater discharges from shipping.

How Undersea Cables May Affect Marine Life

Submarine cables carry electricity and information across vast oceans and seas, but we're only beginning to understand their possible impact on delicate marine life.

Navy Destroyer Modernization Program Could Cost &17B, Take Up to 2 Years per Hull

The plan to upgrade the US Navy’s fleet of Flight IIA Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyers with new radars and electronic warfare suites is estimated to cost about $17 billion and take anywhere from a year and a half to two years to upgrade each warship.

What is Employee Ownership, and Could it be Coming To Canada?

The newly launched Canadian Employee Ownership Coalition is trying to turn the wave of retirements into opportunities for Canadian workers in a new succession-planning model.

What Caused Gas Flame Incident on Maiden Voyage of World’s First LH2 Carrier?

The Australian Transport Safety Board has issued a report on an incident in which a gas flame briefly propagated onto the deck of the world’s first liquified hydrogen tanker.

Navy’s First ‘Extra’ Large Unmanned Sub to Go Underwater ‘Very Soon’

The US Navy is preparing to transition its largest unmanned submarine to date from land-based testing to underwater trials “very soon.” 

World’s Largest Submarine Drone Being Built in Germany

Germany will be starting construction on the Modifiable Underwater Mothership, which will be the largest autonomous underwater vehicle in the world.

Wärtsilä, Berge Bulk in Marine Industry’s “First-Ever” Shaft Generator Retrofit

Finland's marine technology company Wärtsilä said Tuesday it had retrofitted an inline shaft generator system on the ‘Berge Toubkal’, a cape-size bulk carrier owned by Singapore-based Berge Bulk, in what it said was an industry first.

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Coming Soon

Ottawa 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

Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence

The Ottawa Conference on Security & Defence is an annual event held at the Chateau Laurier since 1932. Last year, thanks to its new hybrid model, the Ottawa Conference had 2,000 registered guests and achieved a peak audience of 150,000 online viewers from around the world. It is by far the largest security & defence conference in Canada. People in the room include Senators, Members of Parliament, senior public servants from 20 different government departments and agencies, foreign dignitaries, as well as a very large delegation from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence including many General and Flag Officers.

Date: March 9-10, 2023

SMI Annual Conference 2023-CMISA Members Discount

The SMI Annual Conference and National Shipbuilding Office Annual Symposium 2023- Creating opportunities for the UK maritime enterprise. Combined event in looking at the progress of the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy after one year and future opportunities for the UK maritime enterprise.

Date: March 14-15, 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


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

Request for Proposal for Expansion Joint, Pipe

The RFP closes on February 20,2023

Request for Proposal for Nozzle Assembly, Tank Washing

The RFP closes on February 20,2023

Request for Proposal for MV Confederation Sewage Treatment

The RFP closes on February 21,2023

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

The RFP closes on February 21, 2023

Request for Proposal for the CCGS Martha L. Black Drydock

The RFP closes on February 24, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Gate

The RFP closes on February 27, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hoses and Pipes

The RFP closes on February 27,2023

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

The RFP closes on February 27, 2023

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 Filter Element, Air Conditioning

The RFP closes on March 2, 2023

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 Valve, Parts Kit

The RFP closes on March 10, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hoses

The RFP closes on March 10, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on March 13, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Butterfly

The RFP closes on March 13, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Cable, Special Purpose, Electrical

The RFP closes on March 13, 2023

Request for Proposal for Scupper Valve Assembly

The RFP closes on March 15, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on March 15, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Screws, O-Rings, Nuts and Disks

The RFP closes on March 21, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Naval Mine Countermeasures Software Systems Renewal

The RFP closes on March 27, 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

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




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