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On Watch Newsletter March 6, 2024 Edition

On Watch March 6, 2024 Edition

March 6, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition March 6,  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! In this issue we feature news items from across Canada and the globe that are of interest to our sector. We choose stories that feature our members, significant trends in shipbuilding, and other items that may have an impact on your business. If you would like additional themes covered, please do send any suggestions you may have our way.

It was great to see so many of you at ShipTech Forum 2024, both as presenters and as guests. The event was followed by two days of a Marine Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) session focussing on procurement issues. We will be sharing some of the issues explored over the next few weeks but suffice to say that both the industry reps as well as the government teams learned a lot from each other and are all very confident that good things will come from the conversations.

Last Friday was the annual Women in Defence and Security awards breakfast, with a record breaking 1,800 guests, both virtually and in person, including many of our members. Guests included Cabinet ministers, Senators, heads of government and private sector organizations, and a large number of women at all levels of the sector.

Here at CMISA, we recognize that women are still largely under-represented in the marine sector, but that that is changing. So many of our members have strong and talented women amongst their ranks, and we have had the privilege to feature some of their stories in our Member Spotlights. As we continue with our Member Spotlights in upcoming issues, please let us know if you are interested in a Spotlight, with its unique editorial content, and we 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



In the Spotlight

Funding Opportunities




Funding and Support programs for doing international business

Get financial support and personalized advice to connect with potential foreign partners, pursue new business opportunities abroad or attract foreign investment into Canadian communities. CanExport funding for exporters, innovators, associations and communities. Please note that CanExport support for businesses is now open for applications.

Business Development Bank of Canada

Financial support and advice for SMEs in all industries and at every stage of growth.

Export Development Canada

Financing and insurance solutions for your company's international transactions. Export Development Canada manages and takes on the risk, making it safer for Canadian businesses to grow beyond our borders.

Invest in Canada programs and incentives

Lucrative research and development programs and other incentives to attract investment to Canada.

EUREKA international research and development network

Access to technology, expertise and markets in over 40 economies from the EU, Europe, Israel, South Korea and now Canada.

Clean Growth Hub

A one-stop shop of information for funding and services to help you advance your clean technology project.

Canada's Trade Accelerator Program

Strategy, resources, and mentorship to help businesses scale up, develop, and activate an export plan.

Canadian Commercial Corporation

Services to help exporters secure international contracts with government buyers.

Futurpreneur Canada

Financing, mentoring and support for aspiring entrepreneurs aged 18-39.

Innovation Canada

Tell us your story and find out what the Government of Canada can do for your business. Get a tailored list of grants, expert advice, connections and more.

Startup Canada

Support to start, operate and scale businesses through digital programs and flagship events.

BC Maritime Industries Infrastructure Modernization and Expansion Grant Program

This program will invest up to $25 million in non-repayable funding for projects that modernize, scale and increase regional capabilities and capacity for small vessel construction and either boat and ship dry dock or, overhaul, refit, maintenance and repair infrastructure in British Columbia.

Website Here





Technical Information

Plimsoll at 200: the legacy beyond the load line

This year we celebrate the birth of Samuel Plimsoll, born two hundred years ago and whose lasting legacy of the load line, or Plimsoll Line, continues to save countless lives at sea today.

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All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Latvia, UK and Canada Project of Testing Facility for Maritime Autonomous Operations

The Port of Riga has joined a consortium of Latvia, the UK and Canada to develop a solution for a single Remote Operations Centre (ROC). Together, they will collaborate on developing a solution for Remote Operation and Control (ROC) platform. This platform will serve as the foundation for an advanced testing facility for shipping and port operations in each of the project partner countries.

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon Vessel Life Extension Contract Awarded

The Government of Canada has awarded a contract of $44 million to Ocean Industries Inc. for the vessel life extension of the CCGS Griffon. Scheduled to take place from June 2025 to October 2026, the work entails refurbishing and repairing the main propulsion motors, the steering gear system, the four main propulsion generators, and the main emergency switchboards. 

Steel Cut for KOTUG’s Dual-Fuel Methanol Escort Tugs

KOTUG Canada, a partnership between KOTUG International and Canada’s Horizon Maritime, has held a steel cutting ceremony for two dual-fuel methanol escort tugs, designed by Robert Allan Ltd and with Graphite Innovation Technologies hull coatings.

Kraken Robotics Delivers Minehunting Systems to Royal Danish Navy

Kraken Robotics has completed deliveries and sea acceptance tests of all systems for its minehunting sonar equipment for the Royal Danish Navy.

Renewed Protests Against Deep Water Vessel Dismantling Site in BC

Residents of Union Bay, British Columbia in Canada have renewed their calls for the shutting down of a shipbreaking site where two former U.S. government research vessels are being dismantled. Supported by environmentalists, they are citing health, safety, and environmental concerns.

Call for Speakers at the Workboat Show

The International WorkBoat Conference Program (held in New Orleans this November) is looking for submissions for presentations on autonomous vessels, engineering insights, green technology, offshore wind, marine surveying, new marine technology, propulsion, regulations, shipbuilding and shipyards & workforce development.

BC Ferries Reveals Design of Vessels of the Future

Two conceptual renderings of BC Ferries’ New Major Vessels program are the first look at what up to seven new ferries could look like when they enter operation starting in 2029.

Government Funding of $60M to Complete Repairs of Hudson Bay Railway and Redevelop Port of Churchill

Combined funding from the governments of Canada and Manitoba will finish work on the Hudson Bay Railway, start to redevelop the Port of Churchill, and further benefit the communities and sectors of the economy that depend on the Arctic Gateway Group’s operations.

Groundbreaking’ Ammonia Fuel Supply System for Ships Introduced

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of Finnish technology group Wärtsilä, has introduced a ‘groundbreaking’ ammonia fuel supply system (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia fuel. 

HMCS Charlottetown: New Lease of Life for Canada’s Expert Submarine-Hunter

Conceived in the middle of the Cold War era, the Canadian Royal Navy frigate HMCS Charlottetown has evolved over three decades of service, becoming one of the most capable and adaptable ships in Canada's navy.

Funding and Support Programs for Doing International Business

The Trade Commissioner Service is offering funding to help companies grow their business and access new international opportunities.

U.S. Navy Secretary Looks to Asia to Revive Shipbuilding at Home

The US needs to revive domestic shipbuilding with increased funding from Congress and investment from overseas, in order to secure economic security in the competition with China. Could there be increased opportunities for Canada?

China’s Shipyards Rake in $87B in Revenue – with Slim Margins

The China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI) released new data further revealing 2023 was a banner year for Chinese shipyards. During the year, the revenues rose by 20 percent, reaching $87 billion.

White House to Issue Executive Order to Fortify U.S. Ports and Maritime Cybersecurity

The White House has announced plans to issue an Executive Order enhancing the security of the nation’s ports in a bid to bolster national security, in addition to several other steps aimed at strengthening maritime cybersecurity and fortifying supply chains.

Ocean Carriers Suggest Bunker Fee to Drive Down the Price of Green Fuels

The ocean carrier trade group the World Shipping Council has proposed a plan to collect fees from cargo ships based on their fossil fuel consumption, helping to bridge the price gap between expensive, oil-based bunker fuel and low-emissions green alternatives.

Vard Marine Inc. Welcomes Serco into the Team Vigilance Preferred Suppliers Program

VARD Marine Inc. has named Serco as a Preferred Supplier to Team Vigilance, a collaboration of companies that are offering their solution to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels.

B.C. Ferries seeks better dry-dock access for repairs

BC Ferries plans to award multi-year contracts called master services agreements to more than one company starting in the second quarter of this year.

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

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

Mastering Shipbuilding Management

The Mastering Shipbuilding Management Course will support attendees in understanding the wider shipbuilding market, management trends, technology developments and good practice migrating from other sectors. The course is also well suited to shipbuilding stakeholders (customers. suppliers, and government officials) who want to understand the industry better. We hope it will inspire the sectors emerging talent to build a truly globally competitive industry.

Date: June 24-28, 2024

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Valves and Glands

The RFP closes on March 14, 2024

NEW-Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) Project-Long-Term In-Service Support- Invitation to Qualify

The ITQ closes on March 15, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Medium/Large Vessel Recycling Services

The RFP closes on March 15, 2024

Request for Proposal for Filter Element, Fluid

The RFP closes on March 15, 2024

Request for Proposal for Valve, Solenoid HFX Class

The RFP closes on March 15, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Marine Communications and Traffic Services Orientation Course for Inuit Candidates

The RFP closes on March 18, 2024

NEW-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

NEW-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

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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The candidate will be responsible for leading challenging and rewarding projects to success. The position offers the opportunity to learn and immediately grow within the company and will be a hybrid between office responsibilities and hands on management of the projects in the field. To be considered, candidates must have a proven record of hands-on ship repair experience. 

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