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On Watch Newsletter January 18, 2023 Edition

On Watch January 18, 2023 Edition

January 18, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition January 18, 2023 



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

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Hello all,

Happy New Year to our over 1100 On Watch subscribers! We are so pleased to have you along with us as we grow and develop our newsletter. If you are reading On Watch 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!  

Our membership reaches across Canada to all three coasts, from large OEMs to a multitude of small and medium-sized enterprises. The latest group of new members includes: TriodeContextereAkimbo Technologies IncAutomatic Coatings Limited  and Ultra Torq Bolting Tools. CMISA members represent the broad marine sector supply chain and connecting you and bringing you news is a large part of what we do. And if you are not yet a member, but would like to be, we encourage you to sign up here! If you know of others who might benefit from membership, please share the sign up link.

We have a raft of news articles in this edition - clearly the holidays did not slow anyone down very much! For those with expertise on the subject, we are also sharing a request for consultation by the National Canadian Marine Advisory Council Secretariat on a proposal to develop a coordinated system to respond to marine pollution incidents.

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



CMISA Spotlight




We usually highlight one of our dynamic member companies in this space but to kick the year off, we thought we would give everyone a quick update on some news from the CMISA side of the desk.

  1. We have news on the CMISA Board front as Darcy Byrtus (BMT) takes on the role of Board Chair with a huge thank you to our Past Chair, Shaun Padulo (Heddle). Shaun is still incredibly supportive of the association and indeed, his new VP Government Programs, Rich Gravel will be taking his place on the board.

  2. We have listened to some of our medium-sized companies and so we are adjusting our membership levels to strike a better balance for all. Effective this month and going forward, our new membership structure is: Micro (1-10 team members); Small (11-50); Medium (51-100); Large (101-150); and Extra Large (151+). We may not have up-to-date team sizes on file so please let us know if we need to make any changes in our system to ensure accurate billings down the road.

  3. We are in the final stages of upgrading our Job Board portal and will be offering an automated onboarding system in the next few weeks. With that, our prices will drop to reflect the easy-to-use self-serve platform. More soon but we are excited that we will be able to share it with you soon.

  4. We will be having a reboot of our Procurement Committee this winter and it will be open to all member companies. More info to follow in the next few weeks.

  5. And finally, we are reviewing your feedback with regard to CMISA events and will be sharing that with you in the next month as well. We’re hoping to revisit our in-person AGM in April but we’ll announce that when we have all the details pinned down.

So those are just a few quick items that we wanted to share with you. We welcome any comments or suggestions should anything come to mind but for now, we’ll leave you with our best wishes for a spectacular 2023!

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Special Information

National Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) Secretariat

The National CMAC Secretariat is seeking consultation on a proposal for the development of a coordinated system to respond to marine pollution incidents.

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to improve our ability to work together with Indigenous communities, the marine industry, regional, municipal, provincial and territorial governments to respond to marine pollution incidents that involve oil and/or hazardous and noxious substances.

Marine pollution incidents are complex and often involve notifying many partners, making fast decisions, mobilizing and dispatching different response resources, and trying to minimize how a spill impacts the environment and human health. While Canada already has plans in place for many kinds of pollution incidents from different sources (like tankers or pipelines) and different kinds of pollution (like oil), there are still areas we can improve to make sure that our response to marine pollution is seamless and effective.

As part of this work, the Government of Canada is proposing to develop a coordinated system to respond to all such marine pollution incidents.

Creating a coordinated system will clearly define the roles and responsibilities for all partners involved to make sure that our response to these types of marine pollution incidents is timely, efficient, and minimize the pollution’s impact on human health and the environment. This includes helping to develop a formal role for Indigenous communities to prepare for and respond to marine pollution incidents.

We invite you to review our proposal and respond to a few key questions to help us shape this framework in the years to come.

Link to the Marine Pollution Preparedness, Response and Recovery Discussion Paper

Please note the deadline for comment is May 31, 2023. The gathering of feedback on this proposal is the first of many steps in creating the proposed system. Please feel free to distribute to any colleagues and partners that may be interested in this initiative.

National CMAC Secretariat on behalf of: Sophie Vallee

Manager, Strategic Program Policy Transport Canada





Technical Information

A Blueprint for Building Sustainable Operational Technology Cyber Security Programmes

Many organisations that rely on Operational Technology (OT) need to elevate their cyber security to a higher maturity level. A noticeable increase in threats that target OT assets places a wide variety of companies, including those operating critical infrastructure, at risk of process upset, production shutdowns, safety incidents, or other service disruptions. These disruptions can negatively impact mission-critical supply chain operations and the public. Ongoing geopolitical tensions, the rise of criminal ransomware organisations, and the supply chain vulnerabilities that critical infrastructure organisations face all increase the overall threat landscape. New regulatory compliance standards are appearing, and ongoing trends towards digitalisation and industry 4.0 are driving integration between information technology (IT) and OT domains, increasing the overall OT attack surface. That's why many companies with industrial operations are initiating OT security programmes.

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Recent News

Europeans Wade into Fighting Seabed Threats with Drones and Sensors

Analysts consider seabed warfare a growing national security discipline with influences from submarine warfare, countermine operations and harbor protection.

Irving, Ottawa Finalize Deal for New Coast Guard Ships

Irving Shipbuilding and the federal government have finalized a contract to build two additional Arctic and offshore patrol ships customized for the Canadian Coast Guard with a cost of $1.6 billion. 

DND Awarded Concordia University Researcher $1M to Develop New Strategies Against Cyberattacks

Concordia University researchers have secured $1 million in funding through the IDEaS program to develop solutions to safeguard Royal Canadian Navy vessels against cyberattacks.

IACS Updates Wave Data Underpinning Structural Rules

The International Association of Classification Societies has Updated the Wave Data Which Underpins Many Classification Society Calculations.

2022 Saw Total of 35 Methanol-Fuelled Ship Orders

35 methanol-fuelled ships were ordered in 2022, meaning that 82 are now on order or in operation. Methanol is seen by many as a less costly alternative to LNG systems.

A Plan to Plug Gaps in the Continent’s Arctic Defence Shield Faces Roadblocks

The article looks at the issue broadly but there are noteworthy comments on the ocean tech front that we wanted to bring to our readers attention.

Shipbuilders Near and Far Line Up for Latin American Naval Upgrades

Latin American countries are seeing a resurgence in naval shipbuilding and European yards have taken notice. Plus, we know that some of our Canadian colleagues have been in attendance as well!

Seafarers Desperately Need Training to Handle Explosive Lithium-Ion Batteries

Transporting potentially explosive lithium-ion batteries on vessels is dangerous and there is a need for consistent training methods for dealing with fires caused by these batteries.

Green Ferry Could Pilot in Three Rivers

A hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system being designed by Aspin Kemp Associates (AKA) could be used in a ferry service between various ports in Trois Rivieres for both tourists and locals.

B. C. Seeks Feedback on First Coastal Marine Strategy

The B. C. government is seeking public input on the first step of the development of a coastal marine strategy.

Canadian Coast Guard Accepts Delivery of Two More Bay Class High-Endurance Search and Rescue Lifeboats

The CCG has accepted delivery of the 13th and 14th search and rescue lifeboats, built by Hike Metal Products Ltd and Chantier Naval Forillon; these vessels will be used to assist in marine environmental response operations.

First Steps in Electrifying Gabriola Island-Nanaimo Ferry Service Underway

BC Ferries have submitted an application to the B.C. Ferry Commissioner to begin exploring charging capacities on the Nanaimo Harbour to Descanso Bay route, along with the run between Campbell River and Quadra Island.

USCG Receives Authorization for New Great Lakes Heavy Icebreaker

Contained within the massive new National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 is the start of a program to add a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard to operate on the Great Lakes. The vessel would increase the Coast Guard’s capacity and supplement an aging fleet that plays a vital role in the commercial trade on the Great Lakes.

New Lock at the Soo Reauthorized in WRDA 2022 at $3.219 Billion

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District New Lock at the Soo Project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is reauthorized in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2022 on Dec 23, 2022. The project reauthorization amount is $3.219 billion.

Emergency Towing Vessels: Providing a Lifeline to Safety for Ships in Distress Around the World

Clear Seas’ survey finds that while some countries invest in a dedicated fleet of emergency tugs to rescue a ship in distress, others rely on help from tugs in the vicinity.

What’s It Like Being on an Icebreaker Ship? ‘It Will Shake Your Fillings Loose”

Assisting ships, rescue missions and track-making are all in the job description for icebreakers. The crew and vessels put in roughly 5,000 employment hours from December to April.

Tsunami of Small Business Owners Planning to Exit, Putting $2 Trillium on the Line

Three in four small business owners plan to exit their companies in the next decade, adding urgency to the need for solid succession plans, something to consider given the high volume of small businesses in the marine sector supply chain. This is an issue that will affect many businesses in our sector.

Training Gen Z in the Marine Industry

Training Gen Z new hires can will require providing them with engaging and immediately beneficial experiences to help them find their places in marine industry workplaces.

Labour of Love: Cloverdale’s Yvon Lehoux Builds Replicas of Canadian Warships

When Yvon Lehoux couldn’t find kits to build replica warships, he built them himself from the hull up, using blueprints.

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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 Floating Wharves Construction and Installation – Little Judique Ponds, Nova Scotia

The ITQ closes on January 20, 2023

Request for Proposal for Seals and Pump Replenishment

The RFP closes on January 20, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Communication, Electrical and Electronic Equipment Components

The RFP closes on January 23, 2023

Notice of Proposed Procurement for Spare Parts

The NPP closes on January 25, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Tee, Pipe; Value, Solenoid; Gasket; Switch, Pressure

The RFP closes on January 25, 2023

Request for Proposal for Canadian Inventory Surveys of Marine Spark Ignition Engines, Vessels, and Off-Road Recreational Vehicles

The RFP closes on January 25, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Switches

The RFP closes on January 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hail Management System

The RFP closes on January 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal against Supply Arrangement – Underwater Acoustic Mitigation

The RFP closes on January 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Pilot Boat Services at Port Weller, Ontario

The RFP closes on January 31, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Pilot Boat Services for Port Colborne, Ontario

The RFP closes on January 31, 2023

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

The RFI closes on January 31, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Spares for Doors and Hatches

The RFP closes on February 6, 2023

NEW-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 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 Victoria-Class Spares – Mount, Resilient, Utility

The RFP closes on February 27, 2023

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

The RFP closes on March 1, 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 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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