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On Watch Newsletter January 24, 2024 Edition

On Watch January 24, 2024 Edition

January 24, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition January 24,  2024 



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  • Marine Sector News
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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! We are pleased to continue to provide news, insights, event updates, and special features to our subscribers. I hope you enjoy this edition and really do encourage you to send any suggestions or news you may have our way so that we can share it with everyone.

Instead of highlighting a member company this edition, we are featuring a webinar with the U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate which will give small businesses across Canada an introduction to what might be a new pool of opportunities. This event has been put together by the team at the Trade Commissioners office in Washington DC and I would encourage those of you with business objectives taking you outside of Canada to register soon.

We will continue with our Member Spotlights in upcoming issues. 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.

Happy reading!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Event Spotlight

Trade Commissioner Service



SAVE-THE-DATE: Webinar with the U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, Small Business & Industry Engagement Program Office

Join the Trade Commissioner Service at the Canadian Consulate in Boston for a presentation from the U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, Small Business & Industry Engagement Program Office. The Acquisition Directorate team will provide an overview of their organization and how Canadian companies can engage with them.

Date:              January 30, 2024

Time:             1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET)

About the United States Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate:

The U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate (CG-9) manages a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio to recapitalize the service's fleet of surface, aviation and C4IT assets and capabilities. Working closely with Coast Guard headquarters partners, such as the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4) and the Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6), the Acquisition Directorate develops acquisition strategies that deliver affordable assets that meet mission requirements.

Please RSVP to by Friday, January 26th.

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Technical Information

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Recent News

RaceRocks 3D Secures $3M in Funding from Raven Capital

RaceRocks 3D Inc., a Victoria-based training modernization company has secured an investment from Raven Capital – North America’s premier Indigenous venture capital fund.

B.C Ferries Awards Contract for New Hybrid Electric Vessels

Damen Shipyards Group (Damen) is the successful proponent to build four new hybrid electric Island Class vessels for BC Ferries.

New Name, Old Problem: Unexpected Repairs Delay Refit of Canadian Coast Guard Vessel

It’s going to take three times as long as expected to complete a refit of the recently renamed Canadian Coast Guard Ship Kopit Hopson 1752. As is often the case with older coast guard vessels when they enter refit, the 38-year old light ice breaker and buoy tender encountered unexpected problems.

Vessel Review: Baie des Chaleurs – Canadian Coast Guard Rescue Boat Built for Atlantic Sailing Conditions

The Canadian Coast Guard has taken delivery of a new search and rescue (SAR) boat built by shipyard Chantier Naval Forillon based in Quebec, named the CCGS Baie des Chaleurs .  The aluminium-hulled SAR boat was built to a design by naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) in compliance to Lloyd’s Register’s Special Service Craft rules. 

Work Begins on £12m Academy Tipped to Modernise Glasgow’s Shipbuilding Industry

Work is underway on the build of the new £12 million Applied Shipbuilding Academy at BAE Systems’ Scotstoun shipyard on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow. The project will see a historic industrial building at the site retrofitted to become the Modern Trade Hall, which will be dedicated to each shipbuilding trade, ship-realistic mock up environments, and research and technology facilities. An interesting idea for Canada, perhaps?

Oxford University Study Shows How Green Ammonia Could Be Rolle Out to Shipping Across the World

Researchers from the University of Oxford have published a study in Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability claiming that green ammonia could be used to fulfil the fuel demands of over 60% of global shipping by targeting just the top 10 regional fuel ports. 

Methanol Overtaking LNG as Alternative Fuel

The latest statistics from DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight platform found that a total of 298 ships with alternative fuel propulsion were ordered in 2023 – an 8% increase year on year. The year also saw methanol go mainstream, with a sharp increase in orders (138), thereby overtaking LNG (130).

The Government of Canada Announces Projects to Remove Abandoned Boats from Canadian Waters

The Government has announced up to $1.6M in funding for 8 projects which will assess, remove and dispose of 34 abandoned and wrecked vessels in Canadian waters.

Data Now Flowing From New Antarctic Ocean Observatory

Antarctica has today become home to a new subsea observatory providing near real-time ocean data, year-round, thanks to a new partnership between Canada and Spain scientists.

Modernizing the Ships Our Coastal Communities Rely On

The contract for the conversion and refit of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Judy LaMarsh has been awarded to St. John's Dockyard Ltd. (Newdock). This contract is valued at nearly $34.3 million under the National Shipbuilding Strategy and will create up to 80 highly skilled and well-paying jobs in the region.

We Got Too Accustomed to Peaceful Seas

Intensely globalized supply chains have been made possible in a large part through shipping, but this supply chain through some key shipping corridors like the Red Sea will be much more fraught with ships at greater risk of being attacked.

B. C.’s Infamous Fast Ferries are on Facebook Marketplace, and if They Aren’t Bought They’ll be Destroyed

They might be the most infamous ships in the history of British Columbia: three B.C. Ferries that were hundreds of millions of dollars over budget, couldn't run as fast or efficiently as promised, and were partly responsible for sinking the NDP government of the 1990s. And now, they're back. On Facebook Marketplace.

Red Sea Shipping Disruption Rages on and the Impact will Continue Well into 2024

2023 ended with new disruptions for trade and supply chains following the security crisis in the Red Sea and there’s no end in sight yet. To avoid Houthi militant attacks on their vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, shipping companies and their clients continue to avoid the major Suez Canal route – handling some 12% of global trade – and are rerouting their vessels around the Cape of Good Hope.

Provincial Government Buttresses Support for Port of Argentia Infrastructure Expansion with Big Green Energy Focus

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced $15.1M in funding to support the Port of Argentia Cooper Cove Marine Terminal Expansion Project, which will see the development of a multi-purpose, marine support and service base to support the Province’s growing offshore industry as well as innovative renewable energy projects.

Lockheed to Test Patriot and Aegis Integration in Live-Fire Test

Lockheed Martin will test this spring whether it can successfully integrate the U.S. Army’s latest and most capable variant of the Patriot missile with the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Combat System.

Navy’s Del Toro Orders ‘Comprehensive’ Shipbuilding Review

US Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro has ordered a “comprehensive shipbuilding review” to assess both “national and local causes of shipbuilding challenges.”

C.T.M.A Vacancier —Off to Scrap

The veteran passenger ferry C.T.M.A. Vacançier has been sold for scrap to India. The new ship for the Souris-Cap-aux-Meules service is still in the design stage by Davie (along with the Holiday Island replacement) and the current "temporary replacement" ship the Madeleine II appears to be in for a long run - until 2029 at least. 

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. Into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

Vard Marine Inc. has named GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance, their solution to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels. GeoSpectrum offers a multitude of naval equipment and systems including end-to-end integrated naval acoustic solutions.

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

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

Webinar with the U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, Small Business & Industry Engagement Program Office

Join the Trade Commissioner Service at the Canadian Consulate in Boston for a presentation from the U.S. Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, Small Business & Industry Engagement Program Office. The Acquisition Directorate team will provide an overview of their organization and how Canadian companies can engage with them.

Date: January 30, 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

NEW-Request for Proposal for Highline Docks

The RFP closes on January 26, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCG Victoria Base Cladding Remediation

The RFP closes on January 26, 2024

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

The RFP closes on January 26, 2024 

Request for Proposal for Shearwater Marine Assets Demolition and Disposal

The RFP closes on January 26, 2024

Request for Proposal for Pump Unit, Centrifugal

The RFP closes on January 29, 2024

Request for Proposal for Hosting Services of Ocean Navigator Instance for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans

The RFP closes on January 31, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Argo Free Drifting Profiling Floats

The RFP closes on February 2, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Canadian Coast Guard National Home Port Analysis

The RFP closes on February 5, 2024

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

The RFP closes on February 8, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Plastic Buoys (RFSO)

The RFP closes on February 8, 2024

Request for proposal for Beacons and Lanterns (RFSO)

The RFP closes on February 9, 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 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

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

Request for Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029




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