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On Watch Newsletter June 12, 2024 Edition

On Watch June 12, 2024 Edition

June 12, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition June 12,  2024 



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  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! I am still working through a huge To Do list stemming from the St John’s Mari-Tech and the Ottawa CANSEC conferences but that’s the story for so many of us during show season. It is always good to hear from our members at these in-person opportunities, and to meet new members for the first time. In between the events, please do take a moment and reach out to us anytime to let us know how we can support you best.

We have returned to our member spotlights with an interview featuring DAWCO’s VP Finance, Mélissa Chicoine. As one of the oldest multidisciplinary construction companies in Quebec, DAWCO offers a tremendous amount of flexibility and agility, which is so important to the marine sector where projects can be more than a little unpredictable. Important also, as Mélissa states, is the excellent work environment, which is equally important in attracting and retaining talent.

I hope you enjoy this edition of On Watch with news from across our sector, both here and abroad, procurement opportunities, events and more.

Happy reading!


Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight




Photo of Mélissa Chicoine courtesy of DAWCO

DAWCO is known as one of the oldest Quebec-owned private organizations in the construction industry. According to the Association de la construction du Québec, DAWCO is the 6th largest electrical contractor in Quebec. DAWCO’s multidisciplinary team provides a wide and complementary range of expertise in electrical, instrumentation and control, process mechanics, piping construction, and maintenance work. With over 74 years of experience and over 400 employees, DAWCO is a growing company that provides services to a wide range of industries, including the marine sector.

What sets DAWCO apart, according to Vice-President of Finance Mélissa Chicoine, is the agility and flexibility the company is able to bring to its projects and clients. As projects can change and evolve quite quickly, DAWCO is able to leverage its expertise and team rapidly, which has led to excellent relationships with clients, based on the confidence placed in DAWCO to provide what is needed whenever necessary. As Mélissa points out, this is vital in naval projects as the actual work is often much larger in scope than what is originally required by clients as there are many unknowns, which leads to a multitude of change orders. She describes a situation where DAWCO was able to respond to a last-minute client request that resulted in over 40 employees travelling to Spain during the holidays, with a five-day turnaround.

DAWCO also profits from the loyalty of its many long-term employees. What attracted Mélissa to join DAWCO was the excellent work-life balance offered, and the appreciation the company has of its employees. As she states, “I had a great feeling about DAWCO, and for me the feeling is what counts, and this turned out to be the right choice for me. We are not just numbers and resumes in this company.” DAWCO thanks and recognizes employees in many ways, including an annual formal reward and recognition program held during the Christmas party, regular events and celebrations throughout the year as company BBQs and dinners, daily recognition via the Officevibe platform. Employees are also able to participate in professional development to stay up-to-date, which helps them advance in their careers.

Diversity is also important to DAWCO. Mélissa describes a map of the world at the company where employees can mark where they come from, to showcase the cultural diversity they bring to their workplace. “For us, people are a strength, a source of innovation, and there are many sources of diversity that we profit from,” she explains. As a woman, she is very pleased to see many more women in the company.

Mélissa mentions how important it is that DAWCO is present in many different associations, including CMISA. She appreciates the opportunities to collaborate, exchange ideas and learn about best practices and emerging tendencies in both Canadian and international contexts.






Technical Information

Protecting your Information and Data When Using Applications- ITSAP.40.200

Many popular apps, like Facebook, Google Drive, and Tiktok, are used by individuals and organizations for social connection, marketing, and recruitment. Given that apps are widely available and often offer free trials, it can be easy to download them without considering the security risks, like what information is being collected, stored, and shared. For example, some apps such as location-based apps, aren't designed to share data, but have a data sharing feature that collects personally identifiable information (PII) about the user and their devices. This publication provides guidance on how individuals and organizations can minimize the extent of personal and corporate information they may share with apps.

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All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Glooscap First Nation Buying Lunenburg, Mahone Bay Shipyards

A small First Nations community in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley has signed an agreement in principle to assume majority ownership of two shipyards on the province's south shore. The company will be run under a subsidiary called Glooscap Defence and the team has big plans for the future.

Mechanical problem behind 12-day delay for 1st voyage of Marine Atlantic's new ferry

Marine Atlantic says a problem with its new Chinese-built ferry has pushed back the date of its first voyage nearly two weeks.

Seaspan Shipyards Unveils Digital Model of Canada’s Heavy Polar Icebreaker

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards presented its progress towards completing the functional design on the first heavy Polar Icebreaker in Canada in over 60 years. Functional Design of the vessel is now more than 70 per cent complete and 3D modelling of the vessel is well advanced, setting the stage for Seaspan to cut steel on the flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet before the end of the year.

Lockheed Martin Canada Awards L3Harris the Integrated Communications System Contract

Lockheed Martin Canada has awarded L3Harris Technologies the Integrated Communications System for the Canadian Surface Combatant of the Royal Canadian Navy, aimed at bolstering their operational efficacy and security on maritime missions. 

Minister Lebouthillier Highlights 2024 Budget Investment of Nearly $400 Million for Canadian Coast Guard

New federal government funding announced in Budget 2024 is to operate the future Canadian Coast Guard vessels. It includes recruitment and training of seagoing personnel to crew the new ships, and funding to build robust capacity to support vessel operations.

IMO Presents Pathway to Net-Zero Shipping at Bonn Climate Talks

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has outlined its latest progress and plans to decarbonize global shipping by or around 2050, in a submission to the Bonn Climate Conference. The document includes concrete actions being planned and undertaken to ensure the 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions from Ships is translated to legally binding regulations that apply to all ships and enforced globally.

Canadian Government Outlines Blue Economy Regulatory Roadmap

At the H2O conference in Halifax, Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced the publication of the Blue Economy Regulatory Roadmap. This roadmap outlines actions the Government of Canada will take to support innovation and economic growth in Canada’s oceans. It focuses on five main areas: marine renewable energy and environmental protection, marine spatial planning, maritime autonomous surface ships, ocean technology, and sustainable fishing gear and practices.

Green Marine Welcomes Largest-Ever New Cohort of Participants

Green Marine announced the environmental performance results of its participating membership for the 2023 year during its annual GreenTech conference at the Halifax Convention Centre. The participating ship owners, ports, terminals, shipyards, and Seaway corporations achieved significant improvements in 2023 with more of them reaching the program’s higher levels in this 16th consecutive year of Green Marine results.

What Connects Canadian and German Joint Support Ships

The German Navy’s Indo-Pacific Deployment 2024 took a German naval task group westward. The Royal Canadian Navy used their allies’ Atlantic crossing from May 7 to 17 for professional exchanges. With the German FGS Federal German Ship “Frankfurt am Main”, Canadian naval officers experienced a new class of replenishment vessel that has not yet been commissioned into Canada’s naval forces.

OSI Awarded Contract for IBNS to be Supplied to RCN Land-Based Testing Facility

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has been awarded a contract to develop and directly supply an Integrated Bridge Navigation System (IBNS) to support the Land-Based Testing Facility (LBTF) for the Royal Canadian Navy's Canadian Surface Combatant Project.

Psst, Wanna Buy a Ferry? 4 Aging BC Ferries Vessels Being Retired

Four nearly 60-year-old vessels built in Victoria were included in the BC Ferries request for proposals on Tuesday, May 28. The Powell River Queen, Bowen Queen, Mayne Queen, and Queen of Burnaby were all listed for dismantling and recycling. BC Ferries secured new vessels for its fleet, which means decommissioning the old boats to make room for the latest additions.

Onboard Carbon Capture: The Future of Shipping Decarbonization?

Onboard carbon capture (OCC) is gaining interest in the shipping industry as a way to reduce emissions while continuing to use conventional fuels. However, its success hinges on collaboration between regulators, policy makers, industry stakeholders, class, and suppliers, according to classification society DNV.

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces $7M Project Expediting the Development and Commercialization of Electric Propulsion Systems

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Canadian Electric Propulsion Acceleration Coalition (CEPAC) Project to expedite the development and commercialization of electric propulsion systems through collaboration among marine industry stakeholders.

Australia Fast-Tracks its Hunt for Replacement Frigates

The government of Australia has sent requests for information to German, Japanese, South Korean and Spanish shipbuilders in an urgent request to procure general-purpose frigates under Project Sea 3000.

Look for Marine Insurance Rates to Increase

Incidents like recent bridge accidents will result in substantial insurance claims and poses challenges to the marine insurance system.

Gastops partners with Seaspan for advanced propulsion system analysis

Gastops, a global leader in intelligent condition monitoring solutions, announced a significant contract award from Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to support the Canadian Coast Guard’s Multi-Purpose Vessel (MPV) Project.

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

Vessel Life Extension (VLE) Program-Procurement Workshop

The Government of Canada is hosting a VLE workshop with Industry to collaboratively reflect on challenges and explore opportunities, with the aim to improve procurement practices in support of the Canadian Coast Guard VLE program.

Date: June 19-20, 2024

2024 Annual Industry Day

The 2024 Conference theme is Succeeding in Tough Times. We recognize the impact of inflation, high interest rates, workforce challenges, and global turmoil. Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association is offering three seminars to help companies do more with less and potentially access government supports for growth and innovation. 

Date: June 20, 2024

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

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Proposal for Parts Kit, Hose Assembly, Nonmetallic

The RFP closes on June 12, 2024

Request for Proposal for Design, Build and Install Gangway Vincent Massey

The RFP closes on June 17, 2024

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

The RFP closes on June 17, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Steel Buoys

The RFP closes on June 18, 2024

Request for Proposal for Drydocking of CCGS Ann Harvey

The RFP closes on June 18, 2024

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

The RFP closes on July 19, 2024

Request for Proposal for RCN ISTAR UAS

The RFP closes on August 6, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Pump Unit, Rotary

The RFP 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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