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On Watch Newsletter June 7, 2023 Edition

On Watch June 7, 2023 Edition

June 7, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition June 7,  2023 



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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! It was great to see so many of you at the very busy CANSEC 2023 where more than a few interesting announcements were made by our maritime community. If we did not have a chance to speak, I will be attending the H2O Conference in Halifax next week as well so please do reach out and contact me if you would like to meet.

We are very excited to have announced last week that we aim to take a contingent of SMEs to WorkBoat in New Orleans this fall. This will be our first Team Canada style pavilion, but we are already looking at other possible initiatives and destinations for next year.

In this edition we are pleased to feature Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s Sara Raja. Hexagon is bringing its expertise in metrology to help Canada’s shipbuilding and repair sector create datasets of vessels and parts that will prove useful for decades to come. With business expanding quickly, Hexagon is proving that our sector is providing companies with excellent opportunities. 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.

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

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence



Picture of Sara Raja courtesy of Hexagon


Hexagon brings the experience of a large, multinational company to specific solutions that capture, measure and visualize digital worlds to the Canadian shipbuilding market. Hexagon’s solutions help maintain up-to-date design, engineering and operational data through metrology equipment including laser trackers that are industry standard. For shipbuilding industry in particular, these tools can be further utilized for alignment (ex. shaft alignment, radar alignment, virtual alignment), reverse engineering (ex. Propeller), checking for deformations (ex. Hull deformation) and digital twin and assembly simulation.  

Hexagon’s ability to perform large-scale scanning of vessels to capture data will help shipyards and vessel owners over the long lifespans of the vessels, according to Hexagon’s Territory Manager, Sara Raja. The datasets in the form of point cloud can even be used for the recreation of parts down the line, along with alignment and deflection checks to name a few. “What we do,” says Sara, “is metrology, which is the scientific study of measurement. We help manufacturers measure parts, we help shipyards with large-scale scanning for various purposes including alignment, and we are seeing huge demand for our services now as shipbuilding and ship repair are booming in Canada.”

As Hexagon’s Territory Manager since 2019, Sara has seen the growth of the company in Canada, with three solution centers across the nation. Hexagon is an exciting place to work as the company reinvests a portion of its profits into research and development to continuously improve its offerings to customers. “We are seeing huge momentum here in Canada now. We have several facilities across the country, including Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Montreal. We are excited to continue serving the needs of the market, as the demand for high-quality and reliable measurement increases.”

An immigrant from Pakistan with a background in marketing, management and business development, Hexagon also provides Sara with fulfilling work. She very much enjoys working with a unique and diverse set of customers and realized early on that she enjoyed the face-to-face interactions her work gives her.  As a busy new mom to two young children, Hexagon also provides a supportive work environment. As Sara says, “My work here is so fulfilling, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t. That says a lot about Hexagon’s corporate culture. As a woman in a male-dominated sector, working for a company that has initiatives to increase leadership positions for women is important to me.”

Being a member of the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association is of great value to Hexagon. As Sara puts it, being part of a larger network helps Hexagon’s exposure into a growing industry, and lets potential customers know more about solutions the company provides – it’s a win-win situation.

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Technical Information


DARPA Opportunities

List of new DARPA opportunities with details Including: MTO, TTO, I2O, and DSO.

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Recent News


Year in Review 2022: National Shipbuilding Strategy

The report provides updates on NSS activities in 2022 including large vessel construction, small vessel construction and vessel repair, refit and maintenance projects.

Ottawa to Spend $2.5B on Building Dozens of New Coast Guard Vessels

New federal government funding will allow dozens of small vessels to be built for the Canadian Coast Guard by Canadian companies.

Vard Marine Launches a Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel Tailored to the Future Needs of the Royal Canadian Navy

Vard Marine has launched the Team Vigilance Offshore Patrol Vessels in conjunction with Heddle Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defence and Fincantieri.

Transport Canada Invests in Port Weller Dry Docks Cargo Terminal Project

The second phase of the Port Weller Dry Docks Cargo Terminal Project will receive an investment of up to $5.2 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund to improve the areas of the port that are being used for the handling of cargo.

Davie Shipbuilding Completes STQ Ferry Repair

Lévis, Quebec, based Davie Shipbuilding Canada Inc. has redelivered the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) ferry MV Félix-Antoine-Savard after repairs that required over 30,000 hours of work, and the replacement of 28 tons of steel.

MetalCraft Marine to build Long Range Interceptor III boats for USCG

MetalCraft Marine, Watertown, N.Y., was recently awarded a second contract by USCG for the new Long Range Interceptor III Program.

Kraken Robotics Lands Contact with a Large Asia Pacific Nation’s Navy

Kraken Robotics Inc. announces a $9.5 million contract to supply high-resolution seabed mapping sonar equipment to a navy in Asia-Pacific.

ABS Unveils Advanced Technology to Tackle Ammonia Safety Challenges

Classification service firm ABS is using advanced modeling and simulation technologies to develop emergency response methods to assist ports and crew in responding to ammonia leaks or spills.

Scholarships for Students of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

The scholarship fund created in 1982 by a bequest from the late Robert F. Allen for students wishing to pursue a professional career in Naval Architecture of Marine Engineering is accepting applications.

Dutch Company Launches First Hydrogen-Powered Inland Container

Dutch shipping company Future Proof Shipping (FPS) has officially launched in Rotterdam the first hydrogen-powered zero-emissions inland container ship, H2 Barge 1.

Canadian Surface Combatant Land-Based Testing Facility

The Department of National Defence will be building a Land-Based Testing Facility on a portion of DND-owned land at Hartlen Point in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, with site preparation work currently underway.

Turning Down the Volume: How Artificial Intelligence Could Cut Ship Noise

A multi-year project developed by Clear Seas and funded by Transport Canada’s Quiet Vessel Initiative and Mitacs’ Accelerate Program is tacking the issue of underwater noise from ships using the power of AI.

Value for Money 2023: The Conference Board of Canada Assesses the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s Impact

The Conference Board of Canada has completed a detailed assessment of the current and future economic impacts of the National Shipbuilding Strategy at the Halifax Shipyard.

GE Vernova’s Power Conversion Business Showcases SeaJet 1.5 at CANSEC

GE Vernova’s Power Conversion technologies are helping the world’s leading fleets to energize their missions with energy-efficient electric power and propulsion.

GDMS-C Launches Distributed Acoustics Processing Suite

General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada has launched an advanced suite of distributed acoustics processing solutions that can be hosted on autonomous vehicles enabling real-time data relay with other airborne or shipborne platforms and ground stations.

Launching our 2022 Canadian Oceantech Report

This second analysis of Canada’s bluetech startups shows that there has been significant developments in the ecosystem, now a national network, with high quality startup accelerators.

The Cybersecurity Implications of IMO 2023

New regulations that require vessels to reduce their carbon intensity mean that shipping companies are investing in new technologies and equipment to increase vessel efficiency, which creates cybersecurity challenges.

Building Ships Indoors: Davie Shipyard’s Ambitious Project

The biggest change coming is the construction of a huge hangar to accommodate the huge ships inside. This is one of the criteria for getting contracts with the Canadian government.

Canadian Coast Guard introduces First Clean and Sustainable Wastewater Treatment System on Canadian Coast Guard Ship Earl Grey

Taking action on climate change and ensuring sustainability in operations is a priority for the Government of Canada. In support of Canada’s Greening Government Strategy, the Canadian Coast Guard is committed to finding innovative solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of its fleet while continuing to provide essential services to Canadians across the country. Terragon Environmental is providing equipment to help

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Coming Soon

GreenTech 2023

GreenTech is the not-to-be-missed event of the year for anyone interested in the maritime industry, green technologies, and innovation in sustainable maritime transportation.

Date: June 12-14, 2023

H2O Home to Overseas Conference

The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship is pleased to present the H2O: Home to Overseas Conference on Monday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Date: June 12-14, 2023

Vard Presentation of Team Vigilance at ECS

VARD will be presenting VIGILANCE and a few technical topics around OPVs at this SNAME event in Ottawa. The event will coordinated with the NAC & CIMARE.

Date: June 13, 2023

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

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Proposals at Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Request for Proposal for Tetrafluoroethane

The RFP closes on June 9, 2023

Request for Proposal for GSIN 53 Packaging, Bolt Impeller

The RFP closes on June 9, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for an Aluminum Rigid Hull Inflation Boat (RHIB) with Trailer

The RFP closes on June 14, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares, Electric Wire, Lighting Fixtures, Lamps and Coil Kit

The RFP closes on June 15, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Gate

The RFP closes on June 16, 2023

Request for Proposal for Centralized Control and Alarm Monitoring Systems (CCAMS) for Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPV) of CCG

The RFP closes on June 16, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Filter Elements

The RFP closes on June 20, 2023

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.

NEW-Request for Proposal for an Underwater Hydraulic Power Unit

The RFP closes on June 22, 2023

NEW-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 Improved Galley for Victoria-Class Submarines

The RFP closes on June 27, 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 Valves

The RFP closes on July 4, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for an Aluminum Utility Boat

The RFP closes on July 4, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for 4820 Valves

The RFP closes on July 4, 2023

NEW-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

NEW-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 CCGS Judy LaMarsh Conversion - Drydocking

The RFP closes on July 24, 2023

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

The RFP closes on August 8, 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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