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On Watch Newsletter March 20, 2024 Edition

On Watch March 20, 2024 Edition

March 20, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition March 20,  2024 



  • CMISA Updates
  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • Cyber Security

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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! We are gearing up to get on the road soon and expect to see many of you over the next few months. Our Events section on the website has many of the options along with links to additional info and we are trying to add as many items of interest as possible so please do remember to check in from time to time. Of course, if you know of something that we have missed, please drop us a line so that might share the idea with others.

Our Member Spotlight in this edition features Lunenburg Shipyard, a yard that marries tradition with innovation. An interview with Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development Anne-Louise Dauphinee emphasizes the deep maritime traditions present in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, while at the same time she describes the new influences coming from the cutting-edge research and technologies that are emerging out of Halifax.

Member Spotlights are an excellent way to bring out the unique offerings of our member companies and to showcase the skills and expertise to our wider national and international readership. We do encourage our members to reach out to us and let us know if you are interested in a Spotlight, with its unique editorial content. e would be happy to arrange an interview and write up the feature. 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.

Happy reading!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Lunenburg Shipyard



Image of Anne-Louise Dauphinee courtesy of Lunenburg Shipyard

There is no doubt that Lunenburg Shipyard is a special place. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Lunenburg, which is also a working waterfront, it is natural that the yard has deep roots within the historic Atlantic maritime tradition. The heritage of the shipbuilding tradition, according to Anne-Louise Dauphinee, Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development, is very strong at Lunenburg Shipyard. “We are steeped in generational experience in the maritime industry,” as she describes it.

At the same time, the yard is a dynamic and modern player which provides refit, repair and maintenance services. The yard is currently undergoing intensive revitalization and rejuvenation under new ownership as it sets the foundation for growth and technological advancement. With two marine railways, as Anne-Louise describes it, “You could have a larger traditional ship like the historic Bluenose II beside a modern high-end vessel, which really sets us apart as a robust marine destination for local and international customers.”

The yard is taking full advantage of emerging cutting-edge research, technology and partnerships in the strong ocean industry hub in Nova Scotia, spearheaded by organizations such as Dalhousie University and the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship or COVE. The community in Lunenburg is also a large part of what makes the yard unique, as Anne-Louise puts it, “We are part of the marine legacy of the Town of Lunenburg, where the community enables high quality work to be done efficiently, and offers the skills, drive and willingness to collaborate that comes from generations of industry know-how.”

Anne-Louise considers it a privilege to work at Lunenburg Shipyard and to help the yard move into new markets. Prior to working at the yard, she was fortunate enough to have worked on several research vessels in the Canadian Arctic, which brings relevant and valuable on-the-water industry experience to her role.

The yard is an exciting place to work, and as Anne-Louise explains, “It comes down to leadership. We all have the same vision and feel we are on the pathway to creating a modern yard that is evolving with new technologies.”

Key to market development is being part of a strong marine sector community, which is what Anne-Louise values about being a CMISA member. The organisation provides a platform for collaboration and provides intrinsic value to Lunenburg Shipyard. Membership in this network supports the growth of the business as it makes it mark as a modern yard that is keeping old maritime traditions alive while it embraces new and emerging trends in ocean technology.

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Technical Information

IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 10)

SSE 10 agreed on a road map for considering the adequacy of the fire safety system requirements for ships carrying new energy and electrical vehicles, and initiated the consideration of measures for detecting and controlling fires in cargo holds of container ships. Clarifications of the requirements for the maintenance and testing of life-saving appliances were considered to ensure uniform implementation.

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Recent News

ABB Partners with Seaspan Shipyards on New Canadian Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker

Seaspan Shipyards, Canada’s long-term shipbuilding partner for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy, has awarded ABB a contract to deliver an integrated propulsion system for the first of the CCG’s new-generation polar class icebreakers.

Canadian Navigable Waters Act Legislative Review

The Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA) Legislative Review team is pleased to inform you that the CNWA Discussion Paper has been published on and is available to the public. This discussion paper is intended to seek feedback and guide discussions with stakeholders to find out how the Act can be refined, and where we can build upon successes.  We welcome any comments, suggestions, or concerns you may have regarding the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. Should you wish to meet with us virtually to share your views, please reach out to us at to schedule a meeting. 

Robot Ships: Huge Remote Controlled Vessels are Setting Sail

Ocean Infinity has launched a fleet of ‘robotic’ vessels that will survey the seabed for offshore wind farm operators and check underwater infrastructure for the oil and gas industry. Many of the ship’s operations are performed in a remote operations centre.

GSTS Selected by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to Develop World’s First AI Based Collaborative Berth Scheduling Management System

Global Spatial Technology Solutions has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s Core Technology Leadership Program to advance the capabilities of its AI powered SaaS platform.

Davie Strengthens Québec’s Shipbuilding by Supporting the Reorientation of its Supplier Association

Chantier Davie announced its support for the strategic reorientation of the Association des Fournisseurs de Chantier Davie Canada (AFCDC), aimed at broadening the association’s mandate to energize the entire shipbuilding supply chain in Québec.

MarineLabs Raises Biggest Seed Funding in Canadian Ocean Technology

MarineLabs a leader in cutting edge maritime weather intelligence technology, announces the successful completion of a historic $4.5 million seed funding round for a real-time weather intelligence system, marking the largest investment of its kind in Canadian history for an ocean tech company, which will directly benefit Canada’s marine industry.

Canadian Test Centres and Accelerators Join NATO Diana Network

NATO DIANA is bringing a North American regional office to Halifax. NATO DIANA unites the best and brightest innovators from across the Alliance and brings deep tech and dual-use innovators with access to NATO resources.

The Government Selects Naval Group for its New Submarines

The Dutch government announced today it has "provisionally selected" French shipbuilder Naval Group to build its future submarines as part of the Walrus-class replacement program.

Applications Open for COVE’s Pitch + Roll Event for Blue-Tech Companies

The invite-only Pitch+Roll event features blue-tech companies pitching their innovations to globally renowned venture capital firms on June 5. Attendees will also have access to the internationally recognized Demo Day, showcasing the latest cutting-edge technologies and innovations on water, shoreside, tabletop, and on-site. Applications close March 27.

Government of Canada Partners with Inuit Firm to Enhance Marine Safety in the Arctic

The Canadian Hydrographic Service has awarded a contract to Sedna ROV Services, a marine and underwater services company based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, to conduct hydrographic survey missions in the Arctic. The contract is worth $6.5 million over two years. These hydrographic surveys will play a crucial role in advancing our knowledge of the Arctic seabed.

Bluemetric Announces $5.3 Million Service Contract Extension for Canadian Department of National Defence Water Purification Systems

BluMetric Environmental Inc. has signed an amendment to an existing service agreement for Canada's Department of National Defence Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units (ROWPU). The amendment includes a $5.3 million increase to the scope of work, to be completed in calendar year 2024, which includes on-call field service, support, and maintenance of the water treatment systems.

Metron and Cellula Robotics, USA Sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement to Advance UUV Capabilities for Long Duration Operations in Dynamic Environments

Metron Inc. has signed a partnership agreement with Cellula Robotics, USA Inc. to expand uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) capabilities for advanced operations in dynamic environments. The new agreement will leverage the expertise of both companies and address specific technical gaps in the UUV defense and offshore energy markets especially for long duration, multi-payload mission operations where communications are often denied or restricted.

Davie and the Huron-Wendat Nation Sign a Mutually Beneficial Historic Alliance

Davie and the Huron-Wendat Nation Council signed an important alliance aimed at strengthening and consolidating the relationship between the Nation and the company. Through this alliance, Davie and the Huron-Wendat Nation Council have agreed to work together on initiatives designed to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

Marine Atlantic’s Newest Vessel Receives Maintenance on its Voyage from China to Atlantic Canada

Marine Atlantic’s newest vessel, en route to Newfoundland from China, underwent some maintenance and what the corporation calls “minor mechanical work” during a recent refueling stop in Sri Lanka.

Hamilton’s ’Harbour Master” Among the Women Paving the Way for Others in the Marine Industry

Vicki Gruber, as Hamilton's harbour master, she's in charge of making sure such vessels transit safely — and as one of only two women in Canada to hold that title, she's also paving the way for other women in the marine industry.

DM/CDS Message: DND/CAF Departmental Plan 2024-2025 and Spending Reductions

The Government of Canada is reducing spending and find long-term savings that will ensure key priorities for Canadians are well-supported in the years ahead. As the largest organization in the federal government, Defence has an important role to play in helping to realize this goal.

Chinese-Made Cranes Used at Canadian Ports Flagged as Security Concern by U.S.

Chinese-made cargo cranes that have been flagged as a security concern by an ongoing congressional probe in the United States are widely deployed throughout Canada’s Ports.

World First: Large Marine Two-Stroke Runs Successfully on 100% Hydrogen

In what’s being claimed as a world first for the maritime industry, Japan’s Mitsui E&S Co. Ltd, a MAN Energy Solutions’ licensee, has successfully tested a 50-centimeter bore MAN B&W two-stroke engine at up to 100% load while running on hydrogen.

For the Love of God, Please Stop Referring to Navy Warships as ‘Battleships’

The terms “battleship” and “warship” are not synonymous as a battleship is a type of ship that is no longer in service.

Hypersonic Weapons are Mediocre. It’s Time to Stop Wasting Money on Them

Many countries are developing hypersonic weapons, but the specific military of these weapons remains unclear.

Use Close Calls to your Advantage

Great piece offering some tips to supporting a culture of safety in the workplace.

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

Canadian Naval Maintenance Symposium/Symposium canadien sur la maintenance navale

Dive into the heart of innovation at the Canadian Naval Maintenance Symposium, the must-attend event of the year for all stakeholders in the naval maintenance ecosystem. This event will bring together the brightest minds in the industry, forward-thinking companies, major stakeholders, and showcase the latest technological advancements.

Date: March 26, 2024


We are pleased to invite all of our members to come join us and participate in our, in-person, CMISA Annual General Meeting again this year. We will be hosting it the evening before Mari-Tech begins as usual.

Date: May 13, 2024

Mari-Tech 2024

This year’s theme is NAVIGATING SUSTAINABLE MARINE TRANSPORTATION. Just as mariners use navigation as a safe means of direction, we too as a larger marine community must ascertain where we are and where we are going in terms of ever-changing challenges facing maritime professionals. The rocks and shoals of increasing competition for diminishing supplies are a challenge we all face, and we have no choice but to navigate.

Date: May 14-16, 2024

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Retender – RFP Alterations of CBSA Vessel at the Quai Richelieu Detachment

The RFP closes on March 20, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Gage, Pressure, Dial Indicating

The RFP closes on March 20, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal to Remove and Replace Rough Water Rescue Boat Motors/Steering/Batteries

The RFP closes on March 21, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Transmitter, Temperature, Electrical Resistance

The RFP closes on March 21, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Submarine Spares – O-Rings, Filters and Cartridges

The RFP closes on March 22, 2024

Request for Information for Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) Project In Service Support Third Virtual Industry Engagement Session

The RFI closes on March 29, 2024

Request for Proposal for Spares for ICTRS Radio Equipment (Hlx Class Ship)

The RFP closes on April 3, 2024

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

The RFP closes on April 8, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Radar Module for TZ Pro

The RFP closes on April 22, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Mounts and Gaskets

The RFP closes on May 1, 2024

Letter of Interest/Request for Information for Marine Procurement Outlook Presentations Mari-Tech 2022

The LOI/RFI 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




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