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On Watch Newsletter June 21, 2023 Edition

On Watch June 21, 2023 Edition

June 21, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition June 21,  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 recently attended the H2O Conference in Halifax and was pleased to meet so many dynamic people in our sector from the East Coast as well as from Europe. I was also reminded of just how much exciting and innovative Oceantech is happening in the region. So many developments worth watching…  These face-to-face meetings are very important to us to ensure that we know what is happening in our sector, and our membership benefits and grows when the Association develops more contacts across Canada and abroad.

In this edition we are pleased to feature Chantier Naval Forillon’s Joanie Dansereau-Béchard. The shipyard on the St. Lawrence Seaway blends new technologies and innovation with the deep marine traditions in Gaspé, and it’s so encouraging to hear Joanie’s story of moving there and finding a new and supportive workplace as well as a home. We are very pleased to highlight the many innovations of our members in On Watch. 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.

We are happy to welcome new members to our Association: Steerprop, a leading designer and manufacturer of propulsion systems, Turbo systems Canada (Acceleron), producer of turbochargers that support the decarbonization and new regulations, Concept Naval, a company of naval architects, marine engineers and naval architecture technicians, Navanex, naval architects that provide custom board design, production engineering for shipyards and boat stability analysis for the marine community, Lengkeek Vessel Engineering Inc, a team of naval architects and marine engineers, and Viable Power Conversion Technologies Inc., provider of custom power supply solutions.

As you may have noticed, our job board is now self-serve and far less expensive! You are now able to post opportunities online without having to coordinate it with anyone. And due to that change, we are now able to reduce the cost to $49 per job per month for members and $99 for non-members. Please give it a try and let us know of any feedback. We are here to help. You will find the link here.

If you are reading this 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.

Finally, 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



Member Spotlight

Chantier Naval Forillon



Picture of Joanie Dansereau-Béchard courtesy of Chantier Naval Forillon

Chantier Naval Forillon is a Gaspé-based shipyard with an ideal geographical location at the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The yard has the infrastructure and equipment to handle vessels of up to 800 tonnes, and an experienced and skilled set of employees from a variety of trades and disciplines. Founded over 70 years ago, the yard designs, builds and repairs fishing boats, service boats, barges, tugs and ferries for a variety of government and private customers.

Chantier Naval Forillon, according to Human Resource Coordinator Joanie Dansereau-Béchard, benefits not only from its ideal location, but also because it is such an important part of the culture in Gaspé. Its uniqueness is based on what Joanie calls “the human factor – we approach our work in a professional, accountable, agile and flexible manner to give our best to our clients and the ships we work on. Working here is such a positive experience where each employee is valued and encouraged to have a good work-life balance in a supportive work environment.” 

The shipyard combines the best of history and tradition with new technology and innovation. Leadership of the yard is also home-grown in that four team members bought the shipyard and took over the leadership and management in 2018, bringing a great deal of corporate knowledge to help propel the shipyard towards new horizons. With provincial and federal investments in shipbuilding, Chantier Naval Forillon is benefitting from a busy order book that takes advantage of the yards comprehensive offerings to the sector. As Joanie describes it, “we manage projects from A to Z, from design to production, and are able to leverage the enormous skill sets from our team, which includes all the trades necessary for shipbuilding.”

As a transplant to Gaspé, Joanie appreciates the high quality of life offered in the region. Her role in human resources is challenging, as shipyards across the country struggle to recruit workers, but with the excellent reputation of the yard and the favourable workplace and innovative projects, she is optimistic. If her experience as a newcomer to the company and to the region are anything to go on, working at the shipyard is so much more than just a job! Being a member of the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association is also helpful in this regard, as the increased networking, partnerships and collaborations gives the shipyard greater visibility and helps to ensure that the firm is known across the country.

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Technical Information


Naval Association of Canada's briefing note #13-Canada's Halifax-Class Frigates

An excellent brief summary of the Halifax-Class frigates by the team at the Naval Association of Canada.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News


Seaspan Cuts Steel on ‘Prototype Block’ for Canada’s New Polar Icebreaker

Seaspan Shipyards cuts steel to build a “prototype block” for the first heavy Polar Icebreaker to be built in Canada in more than 60 years.

Canada’s Federal Fleet Services Installs MARSS CUAS System on Combat Support Ship

Federal Fleet Services has purchased MARSS’ multidomain surveillance, C2 and CUAS for installation on Combat Support Ship Asterix, which provides at-sea support services for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Babcock and Hanwha Ocean Sign Cooperation Agreement for the Canadian Patrol Submarine Project

Babcock Canada, a world leader in submarine support, has signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement with Hanwha Ocean to collaborate on the Canadian Patrol Submarine Project to research procurement options for its next generation submarine.

Point Hope Shipyard Marks 150 years and Counting on the Upper Harbour

Called Point Hope since 1938, it’s the last surviving shipyard in a harbour that once housed a thriving maritime industry. These days, business is brisk, with steady work for as many as 200 workers on any given day and contracts with 600 local firms for supplies and services.

Grey Ship Technology: AUKUS and Beyond

A typical military vessel has a large number of sensors that need to be handled quickly, made possible by the continual advances in computer power and programmable logic controllers used in systems.

Canadian Companies Provide Next-Gen Naval Maintenance and Dockyard Technology Solutions

COVE and Thales Canada have selected the winning proponents for the Naval Technology Innovation Challenges. Start-Up company CORSphere, and Small-Medium Enterprise (SME), Datifex, have been selected to innovate next-generation naval maintenance and dockyard technology solutions for Thales Canada to bolster the delivery of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships and Joint Support Ships (AJISS) program.

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards Completes Maintenance and Upgrade Work on HMCS Regina

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards (Seaspan) officially delivered HMCS Regina back to the Royal Canadian Navy on May 19, 2023, marking the first full Docking Work Period to be completed under the shipyard’s Halifax-Class Work Period (HCWP) contract to maintain and modernize Canada’s West Coast-based Halifax-class frigates.

Ocean Group Wins Life Extension Contract for Canadian Coast Guard Vessel CCGS Martha L. Black

The Canadian coast guard (CCG) recently awarded a major contract to Ocean Group for the life extension of its vessel, the CCGS Martha L. Black. 

HMCS Harry DeWolf Puts to Sea

The lead ship in the Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel program, HMCS Harry DeWolf put back out to sea on June 12.

The RCN and RAN: Navigating Different Paths

Vice-Admiral Topshee describes how the RAN and RCN are proceeding down different paths in terms of force structure and size, but both are building navies that are well suited to present strategic circumstances.

World’s First Autonomous Ferry Set to Begin Service

A 25-passenger Norwegian ferry which will become fully self-driving, monitored from shore, will be the world’s first autonomous ferry.

Royal Navy Says Quantum Navigation Test a Success

The Royal Navy has successfully conducted the inaugural trial of a quantum navigation system capable of determining a vessel’s precise location worldwide, without reliance on GPS.

Denmark Considering Military Submarines After Almost 20 Year Gap: Danish Lawmaker

Denmark could be on the way to procuring new submarines as it looks to bolster maritime capabilities and deter Baltic Sea expeditions by Moscow.

DARPA Opportunities

New DARPA opportunities for circulation.

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

International Conference on Port and Maritime Security ICPMS

Aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Port and Maritime Security. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Port and Maritime Security.

Date: July 3-4, 2023

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

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 Shipboard Confined Space Examination

The RFP closes on June 21, 2023

Note: This Challenge Notice is issued under the Innovative Solutions Canada Program (ISC) Call for Proposals 003 (EN578-20ISC3). For general ISC information, Bidders can visit the ISC website.

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Master Unit Cased, Master Unit Uncased, Circuit Card Assembly, Connector, Antenna, Cable Assembly Radio Frequency

The RFP closes on June 22, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Cables, Webbing Assemblies, Case Assemblies, Control Units

The RFP closes on June 28, 2023

Request For Supply Arrangement – Small Boats

The RFP closes on June 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for GRP Boat and Trailer

The RFP closes on June 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for 4820 Valves

The RFP closes on July 4, 2023

Request for Proposal for an Aluminum Utility Boat

The RFP closes on July 4, 2023

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

The RFP closes on July 6, 2023

Request for Proposal for Improved Galley for Victoria-Class Submarines

The RFP closes on July 10, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly, Nonmetallic

The RFP closes on July 12, 2023

Request for Proposal for Victoria-Class Spares -Submariner Life-Saving Suit and Mounts

The RFP closes on July 13, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Parts Kit, Ball Valve

The RFP closes on July 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Globe – Valve, Diaphragm, Stop

The RFP closes on July 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on July 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Expansion Joint, Pipe

The RFP closes on July 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hose Set, Nonmetallic

The RFP closes on July 17, 2023

NEW-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

NEW-Request for Proposal for Pump Unit, Centrifugal

The RFP closes on July 24, 2023

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

The RFP closes on August 7, 2023

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

The RFP closes on August 8, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Judy LaMarsh Conversion - Drydocking

The RFP closes on August 25, 2023

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

The RFP closes on August 30, 2023

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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