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On Watch March 15, 2023

On Watch March 15, 2023 Edition

March 15, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition March 15,  2023 



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From Colin's Desk 



Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch. As you read this, I am not actually at my desk but enjoying a week-long vacation! The team has my back and we’re pleased to have the newsletter out to you even while I take a break.

In this edition we have an interview with Jennifer Busler, from one of our members, Seaspan Shipyards. She will be a keynote speaker at Mari-Tech in April, and you can read a quick preview of the innovation she will be discussing at the conference. We are very pleased to highlight the many innovations of 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.

We are very pleased to announce that 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. 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



Conference Spotlight

Mari-Tech  and Jennifer Busler from Seaspan Shipyards



At the upcoming Mari-Tech conference this April 18-20 in lovely downtown Vancouver, Seaspan’s Jennifer Busler will be making a keynote address on marine technology from the perspective of one of Canada’s major shipyards. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jennifer recently and I can confidently say that it’s a presentation that you won’t want to miss! Jennifer has a wealth of knowledge and insights and this small piece can’t begin to capture the breadth of our conversation so I hope to see everyone next month when you can hear the full presentation in person.

CC: Jennifer, you’re new to the marine sector so perhaps you could tell us a little about yourself?

JB: You’re right in that I am just coming up to my 2 year mark with the team at Seaspan. I have a background in astrophysics and spent a sizeable portion of my career at MDA. What’s been very exciting for me is the overlap. Although the equipment might be different at the end of the process, the challenges regarding technologies, materials, IT, etc. are all remarkably consistent across sectors.

CC: And what is your position at Seaspan?

JB: My title is Manager, Innovation and I lead a team of 8 full-time employees plus 4 interns. I am very fortunate to work with some true subject experts and we also have the opportunity to regularly engage interns – yes they are paid positions! – which is a win-win for us as we get fresh insights and ideas from them while they get to see just how exciting the world of shipbuilding can be. It’s an amazing job and it goes without saying that there is always a new opportunity and challenge for me and my team.

CC: So it sounds like a very wide-ranging remit. How do you describe what you and your team are doing?

JB: Yes, it is broad for sure, but that’s the nature of shipbuilding in the 21st century. Building ships that may be in use for 50 years demands that the yard and its partners try to look decades down the road to ensure that, as much as possible, we are allowing for the changes that are to come. I describe our work as being in 4 strategic technology areas:

  1. Digital technologies: this encompasses so much, from digital twins, to information management systems, to IOT data, to data mining for a multitude of reasons – the list is seemingly endless;

  2. Green technologies: decarbonization, energy systems, propulsion, waste systems and so on;

  3. Autonomy: the entire world of autonomous systems which is of course tied to digital for communications, connectivity, data flow, etc;

  4. And last but certainly not least, manufacturing. We are a shipyard after all and so advances in welding, metallurgy, 3D printing ashore and onboard, etc. etc. etc.

To many people, shipbuilding is simply welding a bit of steel together, sticking an engine in the hull and off you go. It is so much more than that in every department and it’s such an exciting industry to be part of.

CC: Not a job where you could possibly get bored! Without stealing any of the key ideas from your presentation, do you have some final thoughts for us today that we can ponder in advance of the conference?

JB: Perhaps I would close by simply underlining just how interesting, no, exciting it is to be in the shipbuilding business right now. Thanks to the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Canada has been able to reinvent the industry in our country essentially from scratch. We have been able to look around the world and, as well as at other sectors such as aerospace and automotive, apply the lessons learned, and build for the future. Working together, our sector can leap forward by deploying this new thinking and new technology to build world-class vessels for Canada and beyond.

CC: Thank you for your time Jennifer – I am very much looking forward to your presentation at Mari-Tech next month!

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Technical Information

CMISA and CIBT visas

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!

View PDF Brochure Here

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Recent News

U.S. to Sell Nuke-Powered Subs to Australia in Unprecedented Deal 

The U.S. is preparing to sell three to five nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, an unprecedented step that’s expected to pave the way for Canberra to co-develop and then eventually build its own attack boats in the decades ahead, President Joe Biden announced Monday alongside his allied counterparts. 

Davie Supports R&D at Université du Québec in Chicoutimi to Maximize the Use of Canadian Steel in Icebreaker Construction

Chantier Davie Canada Inc. (Davie) today announced that it will financially support a research and development project in partnership with the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) aiming to maximize the use of Canadian steel in the construction of the next generation of icebreakers in Canada.

Cost to Fix Mechanical Problems and Lead-Tainted Water on New Arctic Ships Remains Unknown

The potable water system on board the navy’s new Arctic and offshore patrol ships exceed the allowable amount of lead, and repair costs won’t be known for a few months.

Wärtsilä to Deliver First CCS-Ready Scrubber Order for Carbon Capture

Wärtsilä has received its first order for carbon capture and storage-ready scrubber systems. The scrubbers are termed CCS-Ready because, as part of their installation, Wärtsilä will perform additional design and engineering work to ensure that future retrofits for a full CCS system on the vessels have already been accounted for during the newbuilding construction stage.

Canadian Surface Combatant Land-Based Testing Facility

Early site preparation for the CSC will take place at Hartlen Point in early March, 2023.

DND and CAF Open Public Consultations on Update to Canada’s Defence Policy

The Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces are launching public consultations with all Canadians on the Defence Policy Update (DPU), announced in Budget 2022. The DPU will build on Canada’s current defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) and will enable the Canadian Armed Forces to meet any threat in the changed global security environment.

Climate Change Poses ‘Long-Term’ Threat to Canada’s Security, Spy Agency Warns

The Canadian Security Intelligence Services warns that climate change poses a profound and ongoing threat to national security and prosperity. These changes will affect many of our businesses directly as well as influence our equipment considerations going forward.

Internal MTO Memo Says New Wolfe Island Ferry Could Result in 90-Minute Service

A recent document from Ontario transportation officials outlines the pros and cons of pressing the new Wolfe Island ferry into service this spring before expanded docks are ready.

Ammonia-Fueled Vessels Require Emissions Management

The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (MMMCZCS) has identified blue and electroammonia as potential low-emission alternative fuel pathways. The emissions profile for ammonia fuels is currently unknown, as ammonia engines are still under development. However, emissions from ammonia internal combustion engines (ICEs) may present safety, climate, and regulatory risks, necessitating onboard vessel emission management technologies and solutions, according to a study entitled Managing Emissions from Ammonia-fueled vessels.

Fuel Cell Boats & Ships, a Methanol to the Madness

Green methanol is one of the most comparable alternative fuels to diesel in terms of energy density. Methanol can also be transported as a liquid at around ambient conditions, and existing diesel bunker infrastructure can be modified for methanol rapidly at low cost, These advantages make the logistics of using methanol easy, making it attractive for ship operators.

UN’s High Seas Treaty Contains Significant Ramifications for the Global Merchant Fleet

The UN High Seas Treaty aims to place 30% of the world’s oceans into protected areas by 2030, placing limits on deep sea mining, fishing and potentially changing the routes of shipping lanes.

Methanol Boxship Orders Growing More Rapidly than All Other Fuel Types

The container segment is leading shipping to green new pastures, taking a massive lead when it comes to investing in methanol propulsion.

Hover Barges Could be Low-Cost Alternative for Ring of Fire Road

A Sudbury mining innovation group says the province should consider the use of hover barges before embarking on a multimillion-dollar road construction project linking the Ring of Fire, a mineral-rich region in northern Ontario, to the provincial highway network. 

Moscow Lowers Ambitions in Nuclear Icebreaker Program, will not Build Fleet of New Super-Powerful Vessels After All

Only two days after the EU imposed sanctions against Russia's state nuclear icebreaker operator, the country announces that it will not build a fleet of Lider-class vessels.

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Coming Soon

CMISA Annual General Meeting 2023

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 our members there. All the details can be found here.

Date: April 17, 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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Evolution Through Technology and Talent

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Current Procurement Opportunities


Request for Proposal for Scupper Valve Assembly

The RFP closes on March 15, 2023

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 a Passenger Vessel for Hire by Conservation and Protection for Patrols in Waters Adjacent to Western Cape Breton N.S.

The RFP closes on March 24, 2023

Request for Proposal for Cell, Electrocatalyt

The RFP closes on March 24, 2023

Request for Proposal for Nozzle, Fire/Sprinkler, Fire

The RFP closes on March 24, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Supply Boat with Outboard Motor, Sonar System and Trailer

The RFP closes on March 28, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Henry Larsen Dry Cock Apr-June 2023

The RFP closes on March 28, 2023

Request for Proposal for Cable, Special Purpose, Electrical

The RFP closes on March 28, 2023

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

Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly, Nonmetallic

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Expansion Joint, Pipe

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

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

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Ball

The RFP closes on April 4, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for 100 AMP ACOS Supplemental Part Kits EC 20180065

The RFP closes on April 4, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for ALSE – Life Rafts and Survival Kits

The RFP closes on April 5, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Buoy Services – New Brunswick

The RFP closes on April 7, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Filter Element Fluid

The RFP closes on April 7, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Pressure Transmitter 0-200 PSI

The RFP closes on April 12, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Placing, Lifting/Removal, Maintaining and the Servicing of Buoys in the Province of Nova Scotia

The RFP closes on April 17, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on April 19, 2023

NEW-Request for Information for VCM Solid Waste Handling

The RFI closes on April 21, 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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