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On Watch Newsletter March 1, 2023 Edition

On Watch March 1, 2023 Edition

March 1, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition March 1,  2023 



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  • Marine Sector News
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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch. Yes, it’s still very cold here in Ottawa but spring is right around the corner and that means, it’s show time! I was at the ShipTech Forum in Ottawa this week and hope to connect with many more members and subscribers over the next few months as the spring show season really gets underway. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are attending something across the country and if possible, we can arrange to connect.

In this edition we are announcing our new partnership with CIBT, a leader in global travel visa services (plus much more of course). CIBT helps companies manage their travel visa needs by providing a one-stop service for your staff traveling abroad as well as your specialist teams coming to Canada. We are pleased to offer services such as CIBT as well as our improved job board to our community and both at a significant discount for our members. 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.

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. Please take note of our Job Board and a) take advantage of it if your company has an opening and b) send links to friends and family so that we can attract new people into our sector. We all need the help!  

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



CMISA Spotlight




We are using the spotlight portion of our newsletter this week to bring two things to your attention – both aiming to save you time and money to help you with your businesses.

CIBT Travel Visa support:

International travel for business or for pleasure often requires some sort of visa for your stay abroad and getting one is often a process, and, well, a chore. To make things easier, we are pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with CIBT, the world’s foremost provider of visa and document procurement services. CIBT operates in 75 offices across 25 countries worldwide. This valuable partnership allows CMISA to support your global trade needs providing services with visas, the authentication of documents and even US passports more efficiently and effectively – using updated and accurate information. The secure, easy-to-use online visa database is updated almost daily to provide the most current entry and health requirements. Members can take advantage of this partnership by saving 20% on CIBTvisas retail service fees for both travel visas and document services. See the link for members access through our Directory here. You will find all of the information about this program on our website and here's a link to the general CIBT/CMISA website page. We are happy to arrange for demos too for any firm that has substantial travel needs!

CMISA job board will soon be easier to use AND less expensive:

We are very pleased to announce that our job board will soon be self-serve and far less expensive! You will be able to post opportunities online without having to coordinate it with anyone. And due to that change, we will also reduce the cost to $49 per job per month for members and $99 for non-members. We will be soft-launching the platform next week and will let you know when it’s live. Please give it a try and let us know of any feedback. We are here to help. You will find the link here.

CMISA AGM Info and Registration:

And while we have your attention, please don’t forget to register for the CMISA AGM and reception in Vancouver on April 17th, just before Mari-Tech! We are really looking forward to seeing many of you there. All the details can be found here.

Thank you!

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Technical Information


Controlling the Northern Seas

We are presenting something a little different in our Technical Section this week but definitely of interest to many of our readers. Dr Tim Choi of the University of Calgary has just released his doctoral dissertation titled: Controlling the Northern Seas: The Influence of Exclusive Economic Zones on the Development of Norwegian, Danish, and Canadian Naval Forces. There is much to explore in his work that is relevant to many of us.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News


Dominis-Small Propeller Defects Can Result in Increased Underwater Radiated Noise

A Canada Transport-funded study on the impact of manufacturing tolerances on propeller performance – carried out by Memorial University of Newfoundland, DRDC Atlantic Research Centre, and propeller manufacturer Dominis Engineering – found the slightest change in propeller geometry resulted in “significant” cavitation, and much earlier than previously thought...

President of MetalCraft Marine Inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

Bill Connor, President of MetalCraft Marine and Stanley Boats, has been inducted into the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Hall of Fame at their annual State of the Industry Breakfast in Toronto.

GSTS, Port of Montreal to Establish Green Shipping Corridor Capability

Maritime intelligence company Global Spatial Technology Solutions has announced that it will collaborate with the Montreal Port Authority in providing a green shipping corridor capability using the firm’s OCIANA platform, to enable vessels to establish an initially low and ultimately zero-carbon emissions route while matching their arrival with berth availability and maintaining compliance.

ABS Verifies Game Changing Non-Flammable Blue G Battery Technology

ABS has issued New Technology Qualification for a groundbreaking, non-flammable battery technology for use at sea. The Blue G battery is comprised of a water-based electrolyte solution, storage tank, stack cell and regulating pump. The process of charging and discharging energy does not produce excess heat – a unique feature of the system.

Irving Shipbuilding Hopes to Attract Hundreds of Tradespeople

Irving Shipbuilding is hosting job fairs across Canada to hire hundreds of new and skilled tradespeople.

International Chamber of Shipping Reaffirms Support for Mandatory Levy to Achieve Zero Carbon Goals by 2050

The Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents over 80% of the world’s merchant fleet, has submitted a revised proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that reaffirms the industry’s commitment to meet 2050 net zero carbon goals and sets out the full details of how this can be achieved via a ‘Fund and Reward’ system.

Quebec Government Announces More than $3.5 Million for Maritime Workforce Training

Provincial government funding will support a vast skills enhancement program for workers in the Quebec marine industry.

Newfoundland Tech Company Virtual Marine Inks Multimillion-Dollar Deal in Nigeria

A Newfoundland technology company is set to provide simulation equipment to what will soon be the largest private-sector maritime training centre in Nigeria.

MOL Eyes Use of Bio-LNG Derived from Cattle Manure

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. is looking to trial the use of liquefied bio-methane  derived from cattle manure, in LNG-fueled vessels. 

UK Royal Navy’s Experimental Ship Starts Sea Trials

The U.K. Royal Navy’s NavyX trials ships is undergoing sea trials and will be used to independently test and trail novel technologies, including unmanned underwater vehicles and unmanned surface vehicles, paving the way for advanced experimentation, innovation and future capabilities within the Royal Navy.

China Reveals New Heavily Armed Extra-Large Uncrewed Submarine

China has been working on its extra large uncrewed underwater vehicle capability, with at least five designs in the water.

Vice-Admiral Peter Cairns

It is with heavy hearts that we share that a friend to so many in our shipbuilding community has crossed the bar. VAdm Peter Cairns was, among many things, the final President of our predecessor entity, the Canadian Shipbuilders Association.

More News Here

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Coming Soon


Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence

The Ottawa Conference on Security & Defence is an annual event held at the Chateau Laurier since 1932. Last year, thanks to its new hybrid model, the Ottawa Conference had 2,000 registered guests and achieved a peak audience of 150,000 online viewers from around the world. It is by far the largest security & defence conference in Canada. People in the room include Senators, Members of Parliament, senior public servants from 20 different government departments and agencies, foreign dignitaries, as well as a very large delegation from the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence including many General and Flag Officers.

Date: March 9-10, 2023

Invitation for Maritime Industry Stakeholders to Provide Input in an Online Questionnaire on Fatigue for Maritime Industry Stakeholders

The Canadian Marine Advisory Council Secretariat is looking for input into a survey. Shipowners, ship managers, marine superintendents, union representatives, ship agents, crew agents, crew suppliers, marine consultants, health and safety officers, managers or consultants, maritime health and safety regulators, inspectors or investigators actively working in the shipping industry for one year or more in Canada are invited to participate.

This survey will remain open until March 10th, 2023.

Coast Guard's Industry Day on Maritime Cybersecurity from Ship to Shore

The Canadian Coast Guard’s Industry Day on maritime cybersecurity brings together stakeholders from critical infrastructure, industry, and government from Canada and around the world. This event provides an opportunity for meaningful conversations on collaboration about what industry, government and academia are doing to protect their physical and cyber infrastructure. Each panel features a different theme that focuses on aspects related to maritime cybersecurity with presentations from leaders across government, academia, and industry.

Date: March 9, 2023

SMI Annual Conference 2023-CMISA Members Discount

The SMI Annual Conference and National Shipbuilding Office Annual Symposium 2023- Creating opportunities for the UK maritime enterprise. Combined event in looking at the progress of the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy after one year and future opportunities for the UK maritime enterprise.

Date: March 14-15, 2023

Mari-Tech 2023

Evolution Through Technology and Talent--For thousands of years, people have used the water to transport cargo from one place to another. Naturally, with the advent of new technologies and growing workforce knowledge bases, the maritime industry has evolved significantly. However, as we progress further into the digital era, technology and talent are driving change at a rapidly increasing pace. The industry is not only seeing vast improvements in safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability, but also many new opportunities and challenges for further growth.

Date: April 18-20, 2023

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Current Procurement Opportunities


Request for Proposal Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: adhesives; battery; control equipment; gasket

The RFP closes on March 1, 2023

Request for Proposal for Filter Element, Air Conditioning

The RFP closes on March 2, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Inhibitors, Tube Sub-Assembly, Switches, Coils and Microphones

The RFP closes on March 6, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Parts Kit

The RFP closes on March 10, 2023

Request for Proposal for Hoses

The RFP closes on March 10, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on March 13, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Butterfly

The RFP closes on March 13, 2023

Request for Proposal for Cable, Special Purpose, Electrical

The RFP closes on March 13, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Cable Assembly, Power, Electrical

The RFP closes on March 14, 2023

Request for Proposal for Scupper Valve Assembly

The RFP closes on March 15, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on March 15, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valves – Safety Relief, Vacuum Breaking, Ball

The RFP closes on March 20, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Screws, O-Rings, Nuts and Disks

The RFP closes on March 21, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Cell, Electrocatalyt

The RFP closes on March 24, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Nozzle, Fire/Sprinkler, Fire

The RFP closes on March 24, 2023

Request for Proposal for Naval Mine Countermeasures Software Systems Renewal

The RFP closes on March 27, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Cable, Special Purpose, Electrical

The RFP closes on March 28, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Filter Element, Fluid

The RFP closes on March 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Valve, Safety Relief, Switch Box

The RFP closes on March 31, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly, Nonmetallic

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Expansion Joint, Pipe

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Stem, Fluid Valve, Seat Valve, Guide, Valve Stem

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Valve, Ball

The RFP closes on April 4, 2023

Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

Request For Supply Arrangement – Small Boats

The RFP closes on June 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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