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On Watch Newsletter July 10, 2024 Edition

On Watch July 10, 2024 Edition

July 10, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition July 10,  2024 



  • CMISA Updates
  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Cyber Security
  • Funding Opportunities

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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! It’s a busy summer on our waterways, in our production sites, and in our offices and it’s also time for a little R&R. I’ll be off on vacation for a few weeks but the rest of the team will be here for you if you need to connect with us. As well, as you peruse this issue, please keep in mind that we are always open to your suggestions for content, so please do reach out to us anytime to discuss.

In this edition we feature Automatic Coating Limited’s Vice-President Jocelyn Bamford. ACL is a global leader in automated, electrostatic powder coating, which is so durable and consistent that it adds years to maintenance schedules, saving vessel owners and operators significant costs, and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New advances in manufacturing show this is an excellent sector for new careers, and Jocelyn strongly advocates for young people, especially women, to consider careers in the trades. Member Spotlights are one way that we focus on telling stories about our members and increasing their visibility. If anyone reading this is not a member or knows of someone who would like to be a member, please connect here.

I hope you enjoy this edition of On Watch with news from across our sector, both here and abroad, procurement opportunities, events and more, and I wish you a pleasant rest of the month!

All the best!


Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Automatic Coating Limited



The Automatic Coating Limited Team  and SWRMC team with the Tidal Coat Automated Water Tight Door Machine including Production Manager Donna White who is has been in manufacturing  with ACL for over 40 years.


Automatic Coating Limited (ACL) is a leader in powder coating and corrosion control products for a variety of industrial and consumer applications. ACL’s patented Tidal coat system is widely deployed by Canadian and U.S. Navy vessels because of the durability and long life of the coatings as well as savings in deferred maintenance costs.

ACL Vice-President Jocelyn Bamford remarks on what tremendous growth ACL has experienced since a rather humble beginning as a washing machine repair company in her father-in-law’s garage. After seeing how popular powder coating was in Europe, he decided to import this technology to North America. Business grew when an analysis of materials failures of multiple components on a U.S. destroyer showed that the ACL TIDAL-coated system provided superior quality and longer life cycle for multiple components. Contracts flowed after that. In Canada ACL supports Navy and Coast Guard vessels such as the Joint Support Ships and the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels. There is interest abroad too, and ACL has already exported their patented watertight door machine which will coat a watertight door, hatch or scuttle in under 2 minutes with first pass quality to the United States Navy. ACL is looking to export to other Allied countries as well.

Key differentiators in Automatic Coating Limited’s Patented Tidal Coat application system are their total encapsulation, durability and repeatability due to the automated and specialized coating process. The tidal coat system lasts well upwards of 10 years, which means that operators save millions of dollars in deferred maintenance. Electrostatic powder coating requires multiple reheating and still fails to get proper encapsulation on parts with unique geometries.  ACL’s Tidal Coat process is so quick the quality remains consistent. ACL Tidal coat also comes with a 5-year warranty unparalleled in the industry.

ACL’s coating process also reduces energy inputs. There is no overspray, thus no wasted product, and the long lifespan means that the coatings are redone less often. Jocelyn estimates that their process reduces greenhouse gases by two thirds.

ACL’s has also developed and patented a line of automated pipe stripping, blasting and coating equipment to remove coal tar, asbestos and PCB coating on pipes that will automatically remove all contaminates so that the pipe can be either reused and recycled, thus contributing to the circular economy.

A fully Canadian company of about 120 employees, ACL has been able to develop new technology because of the government’s offset policy for defence projects. Jocelyn is a strong advocate for the policy, as it helps smaller companies develop intellectual property, offer specialized products, and build up domestic capability. ACL has been able to develop a centre of excellence in marine coatings and fabrication in Scarborough because of this offset policy.

Jocelyn celebrates the positive work environment at ACL and mentions that the average work tenure is over 20 years. Jocelyn provides an example of a women who has been with the company for over 30 years. She began working there as she wanted to earn enough money to buy a train set for her son, and over the years worked her way up to become Production Manager. Not only is she still with the company, but her son is now the Director of Manufacturing Operations!

ACL supports skilled trades, and Jocelyn encourages girls to enter the trades and to consider manufacturing as a career. ACL supports diversity, and profiles its employees on a popular Facebook page. As the company continues to grow, being a member of CMISA is very helpful in connecting with other companies and in showcasing Canadian innovation for a global market.






Technical Information

The Bridge: A Systems View

In this article, Nic Gardner of the Nautical Institute's Automation Technical Advisory Group explores the catastrophic failures of the Boeing 737 Max flights due to faulty sensors and problematic safety systems, emphasizing the importance of understanding system inputs, processes, and feedback. The discussion extends to ship bridge systems, illustrating how a fundamental grasp of these concepts is vital for effective control and troubleshooting in technical operations.

View Here


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Recent News

The Polar Icebreaker Project: 2024 Update

This report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer provides an updated independent cost estimate of the Development and Acquisition phases of the Polar Icebreaker Project.

Seaspan’s New Drydock Arrives in the Vancouver Harbour

Seaspan’s new drydock recently arrived in the Vancouver Harbour via a heavy lift ship and with some help from three Seaspan tugboats. It is now anchored near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge as it awaits a new paint job. 

Quebec Government Invests $245,000 in Ocean Group Energy Management Pilot Project

An investment of $244,620 in Océan Remorquage Québec Inc, a subsidiary of Ocean Group, has been announced. The funds will be used to set up a pilot project aimed at acquiring data on the energy management of tugs. The aim is to develop a management method based on artificial intelligence and the use of an alternative fuel.

Construction Begins for Canada’s New Warship Fleet- the River Class Destroyers

Construction activities for Canada’s new fleet of Canadian Surface Combatants, now known as River-class destroyers, has begun.

OSI’s ECPINS WECDIS Powers Rheinmetall Navigation Simulator Program

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce it has been contracted by Rheinmetall to deliver ECPINS WECDIS for the base navigation simulators produced by Rheinmetall for the German Navy. This is marking a significant step in the utilization of ECPINS for naval operations.      

NATO Launches its DIANA Challenge

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will be launching the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA)’s next series of challenges opening on July 1st, 2024. For its 2024 call, DIANA will seek solutions in a Challenge Programme comprising five Challenge Statements that address key focus areas from the Strategic Direction; these challenge statements are further refined by three cross-cutting themes including space, resilience, and sustainability. 

Study: Low-Pressure CO2 Ship Transport Chain is Technically Feasible

The CO2 Efficient Transport via Ocean joint industry project concluded recently with the release of the report setting out the findings of the Technology Qualification performed in the study. For carbon capture and storage to play a significant role in helping the world to reduce emissions, transporting large amounts of CO2 will be vital.

Nuclear Propulsion Brings Emissions-Free, Longer-Lived Ships into Play

The rise of small modular reactors (SMRs) points to a step change for nuclear applications in shipping if regulatory hurdles can be overcome, classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) said in a new report.

New Marine Atlantic Ferry Delayed Further, Crossing Rerouted Until at Least July 10

The first voyage of the Chinese-built ferry has been pushed back at least another week, as repair crews continue to clean debris from the fuel and lubrication system.

International Environmental Watchdog Wants Probe into Shipping

Investigators with an international environmental watchdog have recommended a probe into whether Canada is violating its own laws by not stopping toxic wastewater from being dumped into the ocean along its Pacific coast.

CWB Foundation Announces $500,000 Investment from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to Enhance Skilled Trades and Technology Education

The CWB Foundation, a national not-for-profit charitable organization, is excited to announce a landmark $500,000 gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation (DPWF) in conjunction with Seaspan. This significant funding marks the single largest private sector donation received by the CWB Foundation since its founding in 2013 and represents a pivotal step forward in advancing skilled trades and technology-based career opportunities through education, innovation, and collaboration in British Columbia.  

New Clean Economy Legislation to Propel Canada’s Net Zero by 2050 Goal

The Government of Canada has passed into law the first four Clean Economy Investment Tax Credits (ITCs), set to attract investment, boost innovation, create jobs, and steer the nation’s economy towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Mackenzie River is so Low, the Coast Guard Can’t Reach Most of It

The Canadian Coast Guard says water levels on the Mackenzie River are so low that its vessels will be sent elsewhere – and anyone on the river should “use extreme caution.”

UK-Canada Backed OASIS Project Set to Streamline Marine Environmental Surveys

The OASIS Project, short for Over-horizon Awareness of Seafloor Imaging Surveys, has brought together a consortium of companies, backed by the funding from the U.K. and Canadian governments, to address the limitations of existing ocean monitoring methods.

Russia’s New ‘Combat Icebreaker’ Heads for Sea Trials

Russia continues to push forward with the rapid renewal and expansion of its icebreaker fleet. In addition to commissioning three new nuclear icebreakers in the last four years, with three more currently under construction, Russia’s first armed combat icebreaker, Ivan Papanin, is now headed for open water factory trials. 

Notice of Opportunity – Directors of Defence Construction Canada

The selection process to appoint a directors to the Board of Directors of Defence Construction Canada is still underway.

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes Thordon Bearings Inc. into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

Vard Marine Inc. welcomed Thordon Bearings Inc. into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program at CANSEC 2023, announcing their collaboration on the VIGILANCE vessel, designed to replace the Royal Canadian Navy's Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels, with Thordon providing advanced bearing and seal technology to enhance the vessel's performance and reliability.

Q-Day mitigation is here - LastWall unveils quantum-resilient network infrastructure protection

LastWall unveils quantum-resilient network infrastructure protection for that day when quantum computing can crack your encrypted systems.

Construction Begins on the RCN’s River-Class Destroyers

A video introduction to the Royal Canadian Navy’s River-Class destroyers.

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.

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Coming Soon

MASS 2024

The 11th annual Maritime & Arctic Security & Safety (MASS) Conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with northern and maritime environments. Specifically, we will dive into the topic of emerging threats and how Atlantic Canadian companies are leading the way to provide a safe, secure, and successful future for Canada, North America, and the world with their innovative products, services, and research in this three-day international event.

Date: July 17-19 , 2024

CFA 2024 Conference and Trade Show

The theme of this year's CFA Conference and Trade Show is "Navigating the waves of change".

Date: September 8-10, 2024

Quebec Shipbuilding Supply Chain Conference-Rendez-vous de la chaine d’approvisionnement de la construction navale du Québec

The annual meeting of the Quebec shipbuilding supply chain attracts experts from all sectors of the industry in addition to major prime contractors.

Date: September 16-17, 2024

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Current Procurement Opportunities

The Request for Proposal for Aton; Buoys, Plastic

The RFP closes on July 10, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for 4 Season Buoys

The RFP closes on July 17, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA Class Spares: Power Supply, Transmitter, Circuit Cart Assembly

The RFP closes on July 19, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Equipment Purchase for the CCG Vessels 1200 and 1100

The RFP closes on July 25, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Cape Forchu Sea Level Rise/Storm Surge Impact Assessment

The RFP closes on August 2, 2024

Request for Proposal for RCN ISTAR UAS

The RFP closes on August 6, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Various Beacon, Distress

The RFP closes on August 12, 2024

Request for Proposal for Radar Module for TZ Pro

The RFP closes on August 28, 2024

NEW-Request for Information for Submarine Smoke Illumination Maker

The RFI closes on September 10, 2024

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

This LOI closes on December 30, 2024

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

Request for Supply Arrangement for Small Vessel Disposal Services

The RFSA closes on March 30, 2029


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