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On Watch Newsletter July 19, 2023 Edition

On Watch July 19, 2023 Edition

July 19, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition July 19,  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! I’ve just returned from a great holiday abroad and am catching up on all things CMISA. As an aside, for anyone who finds themselves in Belfast at any point, I highly recommend the Titanic Museum as it is really well done. I am also delighted to come back to reading so many positive news articles about our members, as it is such a pleasure to know that business is booming!

With so many of us away on vacation this month, we are deferring our next Member Spotlight to our next edition. If you are a member and would like to be featured in a special Member Spotlight, please do reach out and we will arrange it. 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. One benefit of membership is that we write a member spotlight featuring you, so please do reach out to us. This week however, we are highlighting a service that is available to all of our members – please reach out if it might be of interest or should you have questions.

I hope you enjoy this shorter, summer edition and do send any suggestions you may have our way. Happy summer everyone!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



In the Spotlight




The Leading Provider of Global Travel Visa Services

CIBTvisas is the global travel visa service leader. Their technology, customer service, and unrivaled capability to obtain business and other travel visas for corporations and individuals in what makes them the choice of 75% of the Fortune 500 and leading travel management and leisure providers. They offer services such as: visas, passports, guided entry, legalizations, and their website is very informative.

Website Here





Technical Information

NATO DIANA pilot challenges now open to Canadian innovators

Like IDEaS, the NATO Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) aims to support the best and brightest innovators to develop innovative technologies which could have defence and security benefits. On Monday, 19 June, NATO DIANA launched its first three pilot challenges, focusing on energy resiliencesecure information sharing, and sensing and surveillance. Any incorporated company that is headquartered in a NATO member nation can apply. Applications are now open to world-class innovators who have exceptional ideas to help solve dual-use critical defence and security problems.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Canada Awards $450M Contract to Thales Canada for ISS on Minor Warships and Auxiliary Vessels

Thales Canada Inc, in a joint venture with Thales Australia Limited, has been awarded a contract to provide in-service support for the CAF Minor Warships and Auxiliary Vessels fleet for 5 years. The fleet comprises approximately 100 vessels from 24 different classes.

Canada’s First Fully Electric Tug Arrives in Vancouver

This week, Canada welcomed the arrival of its first fully electric tugboat, HaiSea Wamis. The vessel is the first in a series of three Robert Allan Ltd. designed ElectRA 2800 battery electric harbor tugs being constructed for HaiSea Marine, a joint venture partnership between the Haisla First Nation and Seaspan ULC.

New Lifeboat Enters Service for the Canadian Coast Guard

A Chantier Naval Forillon built search and rescue lifeboat, the CCGS Chedubucto Bay, was welcomed into the Lifeboat Station in Clarks Harbour, Novia Scotia. The shore-stationed self-righting lifeboats are specifically designed, equipped and crewed to respond to search and rescue incidents at sea.

RAL Designs Pair of Methanol Tugs for KOTUG Canada

KOTUG Canada has selected Turkey’s Sanmar Shipyards to build two RAsalvor 4400-DFM dual-fuel methanol escort tugs, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. (RAL), to service the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP). These tugs will escort tankers from the harbor limits of the Port of Vancouver to the open Pacific Ocean through the commercial shipping lanes of the Salish Sea. To provide this service, KOTUG Canada has partnered with Sc’ianew First Nation from Beecher Bay, which is strategically located along the shipping route.

Thordon Optimizes Workboat Rudder with New Bearing Combo

The first application of Thordon’s new seal-embedded bearing to an articulating rudder was undertaken in a workboat repair in Kentucky. The new lip seal embedded into the bearing reduces the vessel’s in-service time as well as fuel costs.

Wärtsilä “floating lab” Ship Connects Via Inmarsat

Wärtsilä ANC (Automation, Navigation And Control Systems) uses its “floating laboratory” vessel Ahti to enable customers to test its solutions, and those of its tech partners, in a seaborne environment. 

Tugs: More Hybrid Electric and Improved Crew Comfort

The Roberts Allan-designed Seabulk tug Spartan, operated in Texas, is an example of a new tugboat design with hybrid-electric propulsion units.

Study Says Niagara’s Emerging Economic Future is Green and Marine

Consultant’s report by Deloitte says Niagara needs more investment in emerging sectors such as electric vehicle battery manufacturing and the marine industry, but the opportunities are there. Heddle Marine in Port Weller is the backbone of the local marine industry sector, as marine has the strongest potential in Niagara due to access to the St Lawrence Seaway and the Welland Canal.

Kongsberg Develops New Range of PSVs and Anchor Handlers

Kongsberg Maritime recently unveiled a new range of ship designs in its extensive UT Design portfolio. The new anchor handler (AHT) and platform supply vessels (PSV) have the option to include alternative energy sources and fuels, such as methanol, ammonia, and hybrid-battery power.

Canada Post is Releasing Five New Stamps Featuring Five Ferries that are Operating in Canadian Waters

In recognition of the important role that ferries have played in Canada’s history and development and continue today transporting millions of passengers and vehicles each year, Canada Post is issuing five new stamps with ferries representing different regions of Canada.

MV Holiday Island days away from being fully scrapped

After more than 50 years on the waves, the ferry made its final stop in Sheet Harbour, N.S., where R.J. MacIsaac Construction is handling the scrapping and disposal of its parts.

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 & Arctic Security & Safety Conference-MASS 2023

The Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety (MASS) Conference, takes place annually in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. The 10th 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 25-27, 2023

DARPA-Collaborative Knowledge Curation (CKC) Webinar

Webinar to provide information about the Collaborative Knowledge Curation (CKC) Advanced Research Concepts (ARC) Opportunity (DARPA-EA-23-01-03). The webinar will include information specific to the CKC ARC Opportunity as well as an overview of DSO and the ARC initiative. Registrants will hear from experts in knowledge curation and economic statecraft and have the opportunity to ask questions. The virtual webinar will be held on Thursday, July 27th, 2023. Registration is required for all attendees of the webinar.

Date: July 27, 2023

CFA 2023 Conference and Tradeshow

Join us in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia from September 17 - 19, 2023 for the CFA 2023 Conference and Trade Show! The 2023 Conference theme is “Ferries and the communities they serve – People, the environment and the economy.”

Date: September 17-19, 2023

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Hose Assemblies

The RFP closes on July 5, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Hardware, Abrasives, Bearings, and Valves

NEW-Request for Proposal for Arctic Multibeam Survey Using Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV)

The RFP closes on July 21, 2023

Request for Multi Role Boat

The RFP closes on July 21, 2023

Request for Proposal for an Underwater Hydraulic Power Unit

The RFP closes on July 24, 2023

Request for Proposal for Pump Unit, Centrifugal

The RFP closes on July 24, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for 6.09-6.7m AL Landing Craft

The RFP closes on July 26, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS M. Charles and CCGS Captain Goddard - Refits

The RFP closes on July 28, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for GRP Boat and Trailer

The RFP closes on July 28, 2023

Request for Proposal for VISSC II

The RFP closes on July 28, 2023

Request for Proposal for Regulating Valve, Temperature

The RFP closes on July 28, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Screw, Cap, Hexagon Head, O-Ring, Parts Kit, Stop Valve, Oil Filler, Pilot Valve Assembly

The RFP closes on August 1, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Vessel Satellite Services

The RFP closes on August 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for the Former CCGS Bartlett – Vessel Disposal

The RFP closes on August 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Emergency Generator Sets for CCG 1200 Medium Icebreaker Vessels

The RFP closes on August 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Nozzle Assembly, Tank Washing

The RFP closes on August 7, 2023

Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Gasket, O-Ring, Parts Kit, Valve, Panel Assembly

The RFP closes on August 7, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Tanu – Vessel Life Extension Docking Refit

The RFP closes on August 9, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Pumping Units, Nuts and Studs

The RFP closes on August 9, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Alfred Needler Disposal

The RFP closes on August 14, 2023

Request for Proposal for Navtex Transmitters Equipment

The RFP closes on August 18, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Judy LaMarsh Conversion - Drydocking

The RFP closes on August 25, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Griffon – Vessel Life Extension (VLE)

The RFP closes on August 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Cartridge, stop-check valve; Valve assembly, sole; Valve butterfly; Gage, differential dial indicating

The RFP closes on September 1, 2023

Request for Information for Naval Inshore Support Vessels

The RFI closes on September 1, 2023

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

The RFP closes on October 2, 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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