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On Watch Newsletter February 7, 2024 Edition

On Watch February 7, 2024 Edition

February 7, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition February 7,  2024 



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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! As always, we aim to provide you with a window into what is going on in our sector across the country and, occasionally, around the world. I really hope you discover something of value today and please do try to remember to send any suggestions you may have our way.

This week, we are featuring a follow-up conversation on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging with Marlene Conway Diels, President of Diversity Development Network of Canada, a long-time supporter of our association.  As many of our member firms have demonstrated through past Member Spotlights, these initiatives are very important and indeed, valuable, as companies work hard to increase diversity in their workplaces and supply chains. DDNC provides support, research, resources and best practices to help organizations achieve their goals in this area, and Marlene provides some insight into some of their programs.

As we continue with our Member Spotlights in upcoming issues, please let us know if you are interested in a Spotlight, with its unique editorial content, 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.

Happy reading!

Colin Cooke

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Member Spotlight

Diversity Development Network of Canada



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Focus on Improving Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces

Increasing diversity in the workplace brings key benefits to companies, including employee retention, improved organizational culture, and better problem-solving and decision-making. As Marlene Conway Diels, President of Diversity Development Network of Canada (DDNC) states, “It is well known today that diversity in the workforce leads to increased productivity and profitability.” Many Canadian companies and organizations, including in the marine sector, are working hard to increase diversity at all levels and have made great strides in this. At the same time, there are considerable challenges for underrepresented groups in participating in the workforce.

Marlene explains that many companies are eager to hire employees from equity-seeking groups but lack the knowledge of the supports necessary to sustain long-term inclusivity. DDNC undertakes programs, research projects and activities to offer tools, resources and knowledge of best practices to help companies create a more sustainable approach to increasing diversity.

The Diversity Development Network of Canada was formed in 2020 as a Not-for-Profit corporation to create a network concept across Canada. DDNC helps members achieve their mandates, deliver and maintain programs, and leverage resources in order to directly increase diverse peoples’ access and advancement in Canadian industries and to fill current and future highly skilled employment gaps.

What is required for companies to become more diverse, according to Marlene, is a form of change management that focuses on behaviours and relationship building. For example, to attract more Indigenous participation in the workforce, relationships need to be built. As Marlene says, “It takes years to establish trust in order to form nurturing and collaborative relationships where there is mutual understanding.”

Developing culturally appropriate training programs is something that DDNC is working on to support increased engagement with Indigenous Peoples, something many companies are looking to leverage, in part due to offset obligations required to obtain large-scale government contracts. One program under development is the creation of individual career advancement plans. Candidates undergo assessment, which includes technical and non-technical competencies. Importantly, their state of mental wellness is also considered. Ongoing supports and coaching are vital to inclusive workplaces as employees from underrepresented groups often face unique challenges.

Building and accessing a talent pipeline that is broader and includes underrepresented groups is something companies are working on. Bringing this work together in a more collaborative fashion is something that DDNC offers.  As Marlene says, “Industry also needs supports to access a broader set of candidates who often are members of several equity-seeking groups at once. Why work alone when we are all trying to accomplish the similar things. All sectors are facing the same issues, and collaborating with the support of a network will help all of us understand what it takes to create long-term sustainable workforces that are diverse and actualized.”

Website Here





Technical Information

IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 10)

The 10th session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 10) was held from 22 to 26 January 2024. Issues ranging from the setting of guard rails to underwater radiated noise were discussed.


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Recent News


Seeking New Members for the Marine Industry Advisory Committee

The Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) Marine Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) is seeking additional participants from all aspects of the Canadian marine industry sector for coordinated dialogues on topics such as procurement modernization, innovation, greening, diversity, equity and inclusion and market trends.

Mexican Navy Opts for Thordon Bearings to Reduce Waterjet Impeller Cavitation Damage

Thordon Bearings secures a second major Mexican Navy contract for the supply of its water-lubricated SXL wear rings for retrofit installation to the waterjet propulsion nozzles on 25 interceptor patrol vessels.

Results Exceed Expectations for UQAR’s Marine Acoustic Research Station

The MARS station operated by the Institut des sciences de la mer (ISMER) of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Innovation maritime and Multi-Électronique has exceeded expectations since its first deployment at the bottom of the Laurentian Channel and has established the acoustic signature of 250 vessels.

First Successful Recipients of the B.C. Maritime Industries Infrastructure Modernization and Expansion Grant Program are Announced

As part of the B.C. Maritime Industries Strategy, 17 companies throughout the province will modernize and expand their maritime infrastructure with funding from the B.C. Maritime Industries Infrastructure Modernization and Expansion Grant Program. The program offers up to $25 million in contributions through two capital investment streams.

SEA to Provide Torpedo Launcher System to Royal Canadian Navy

Canada has awarded a $19.2m contract to Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) for the production of a lightweight Torpedo Launcher System for the Royal Canadian Navy on a major naval vessel programme, to be completed in 2030, with work expected to begin immediately.

Marine Transportation Safety Investigation – Catastrophic Failure of Machinery, Subsequent Fire, and Sinking

On 02 March 2021, the fishing vessel Atlantic Destiny sustained a catastrophic engine failure while the vessel was about 120 nautical miles south of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Here is the link to the incident report.

Methane Slip from Gas-Fuelled Ships Back in the Spotlight

Policymakers have been urged to consider increasing the default methane slip value to at least 6% for the most common LNG engine on the back of the International Council on Clean Transportation study from the two-year Fugitive and Unburned Methane Emissions from the Ships project, a collaboration between the ICCT, Danish emissions monitoring firm Explicit, and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research.

Switching to Ammonia as Marine Fuel May Create More Problems than it Solves

As part of the study from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, researchers carried out life cycle analyses for batteries and for three electrofuels including ammonia. Eutrophication and acidification are some of the environmental problems that can be traced to the use of ammonia – as well as emissions of laughing gas, which is a very potent greenhouse gas.

Norway Seeks International Partners for Future Frigate

Norway has begun developing proposals to replace the Royal Norwegian Navy’s in-service Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates and is looking for international naval and industrial partners to help deliver and support these prospective future frigates. Could Canadian firms be a part of this project?

Navy Rapid Capabilities Process Can Now Deploy New Weapons Faster

In an experiment in 2021, the US Navy unmanned surface vessel Ranger sailed from the West Coast with an innocuous shipping container that hid a guided-missile launcher. Off the coast of California, the container opened and fired a Standard Missile 6 – ordinarily a mainstay of guided-missile warships equipped with powerful air search radars and the complex Aegis Combat System.

Maritime Single Window in Effect Since January 1

The Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), requires Governments to use a single digital platform or “Maritime Single Window” to share and exchange information with ships when they call at ports, from 1 January 2024. This will streamline procedures to clear the arrival, stay and departure of ships and greatly enhance the efficiency of shipping worldwide. Canadian regulation of this type is done through the National Supply Chain Office

LNG Carrier Deliveries this Year to Smash Previous Record by Close to 50%

Data from Clarksons Research shows 89 LNG ships – with a combined 14.9 cu m capacity – are due to be delivered this year, more than double the 10-year average, representing a 48% increase on the current record of 10.1m cu m delivered three years ago.

20 BC Ferries vessels undergoing retrofits this year, company says.

BC Ferries says its fleet maintenance plan for 2024 aims to keep as many vessels online for the peak summer travel period as possible.

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

Maritime Energy Transition Summit

Engage with the experts and innovators leading the charge towards shipping’s low-carbon future. Over 3,300 stakeholders have already registered. Don’t miss your chance to join them!

Date: February 8, 2024

ABCMI Networking Mixer

An excellent opportunity for businesses operating in BC’s industrial marine sector to get together in a social setting to increase connections, learn more about other members, pursue business opportunities, and build on connections that will prove useful in the future. Plan to stay two days for another event at the same location the next day!  

Date: February 13, 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. The theme this year will be ‘Pushing Fleets Beyond Designated Life'

Date: February 27, 2024

Canadian Naval Maintenance Symposium/Symposium canadien sur la maintenance navale

Dive into the heart of innovation at the Canadian Naval Maintenance Symposium, the must-attend event of the year for all stakeholders in the naval maintenance ecosystem. This event will bring together the brightest minds in the industry, forward-thinking companies, major stakeholders, and showcase the latest technological advancements.

Date: March 26, 2024

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Gear Head, Motors, Electrical, HFX Class

The RFP closes on February 8, 2024

Request for proposal for Beacons and Lanterns (RFSO)

The RFP closes on February 9, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Marine Facility Water System Upgrade (Phase 2 – ITT)

The RFP closes on February 14, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria Class Submarine Spares

The RFP closes on February 15, 2024

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

The RFP closes on February 15, 2024

Request for proposal for RFI-B Mid-Shore Multi-Mission (MSMM)

The RFP closes on February 20, 2024

Request for Proposal for Plastic Buoys (RFSO)

The RFP closes on February 21, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares

The RFP closes on February 23, 2024

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

The RFP closes on March 22, 2024

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

The RFP closes on February 26, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Submarine Spares – O-Rings, Filters and Cartridges

The RFP closes on March 5, 2024

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

The RFI closes on March 29, 2024

Letter of Interest/Request for Information for Marine Procurement Outlook Presentations Mari-Tech 2022

The LOI/RFI closes on December 30, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning with Capture

The RFP closes on January 30, 2025

Request for Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029




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