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On Watch Newsletter May 1, 2024 Edition

On Watch May 1, 2024 Edition

May l, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition May  1,  2024 



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  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch!  As usual, today we are featuring a wide variety of news items from across Canada and around the globe that are of interest to our sector. One of our articles in this edition is about the 30th anniversary of the Victoria facility of our member, Seaspan Shipyards. Congratulations to a dynamic team!

Please note one of the procurement opportunities we are highlighting: the opportunity for companies to engage in a joint Government of Canada and industry Canadian Surface Combatant In-Service Support Working Group. This group will help the government shape requirements for future competitive RFP processes and you will find the link in the Procurement Opportunities section.

Our Member Spotlight in this edition features Ethree Consulting’s founder and owner, Jessica Chapman. Ethree offers specialized human resource services for a wide range of companies and these are especially valuable to small to medium-sized marine sector companies to help them figure out the “tough people stuff” that allows them to grow. Ethree is a completely female-owned and run business based in Newfoundland, and really exemplifies the drive, innovation and diversity in our sector.

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. 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.

Finally, we hope to see you at our AGM in St John’s just before Mari-Tech! Details here.

Happy reading!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Ethree Consulting



Photo of Jessica Chapman courtesy of Ethree Consulting


Ethree Consulting is a human resource consulting firm that provides a range of services to help companies with what owner Jessica Chapman calls “the tough people stuff.” Offering customised support and training in areas such as leadership development, performance management, change management, recruitment and retention and human resource policies and practices, Ethree helps companies of all sizes optimize how their people perform. Ethree works in a variety of industries, especially high-tech sectors like marine, oil, gas, and mining.

Located in Newfoundland, Ethree demonstrates particular value to small and medium-sized tier 1 and tier 2 companies who may not have enough human resource bench strength themselves. Ethree takes the quality that large companies develop and translates that to meet the evolving needs of smaller companies. Ethree advisors integrate themselves in the companies they work with, to truly become a part of the team and to help these companies become better places to work. Investing in people is important for business growth, as engaged people make much more effort and are more motivated. As Jessica says, “the three words that describe what we do are engage, enable and empower.”

Neuroscience underpins Ethree’s work, and Ethree brings an understanding of how people are wired to the work they do with clients. As Jessica explains it, “We have similarity bias, we are wired to want to work with people who are like us.” This is why it is so important to bring in an external lens to tap into underrepresented groups who can help you solve a broader array of problems and bring new solutions to the table. Tangible research shows the value of diversity in an organization.

Ethree is 100% woman owned and run and employs a team of 8. The team atmosphere is very strong and positive, as everyone is mission-driven and have a keen sense of why they have chosen to work at Ethree – in effect they practice what they preach!

Being part of CMISA helps increase the visibility and unique offerings of this company, especially in connecting with small companies across the supply chain. Meeting business owners helps Ethree understand better the changing needs of the marine sector so they can tailor their offerings and support.

Website Here





Technical Information

Feasibility Study of Future Energy Options for Great Lakes Shipping

The report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, scrutinizes the feasibility of diverse future energy options for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway shipping through 2050. It evaluates alternative fuels and power options against a backdrop of environmental regulations and the pressing need for the maritime industry to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

View info Here

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Seaspan Marks 30 Years of Ship Repair Excellence in Victoria

Seaspan celebrates 30 years of growth in Victoria, BC, from a modest 20-foot shipping container and five employees to a workforce of over 800 in a bustling shipyard.

Idle, But Not Gone Says Ontario Shipyards

Market conditions and the availability of skilled labour has temporarily stopped work at the site formally known as Heddle Shipyards in Thunder Bay, but Ontario Shipyards is continuing to pursue high-potential shipbuilding opportunities for the yard.

Large Vessels with a Smaller Footprint Planned for New BC Ferries Designs

BC Ferries has revealed two conceptual designs for its major vessels program with the first of seven new ferries to be delivered in 2029. BC Ferries has been working with Norwegian naval architect firm LMG Marin AS to develop a vessel design that incorporates engines that can use bio- and renewable fuels, along with a battery-hybrid propulsion system that can easily be transitioned to full battery-electric operation in future.

2023 – A Watershed Year for Alternative-Fuelled Ships

Close to 50% of orders during 2023 were for alternative-fuelled tonnage and shipowners are now investing billions of dollars in their decarbonisation strategies.

Third Intake of the BC Maritime Industries Infrastructure Modernization and Expansion Grant Program

The Association of British Columbia Marine Industries is launching the limited third intake of the BC Maritime industries Infrastructure Modernization and Expansion Grant Program after a successful two intakes.

RTX to Develop SM-2 Block IIICU and SM-6 Block IU Missile Variants

Raytheon has been awarded a $344 million contract for the development of two missile variants – the SM-2 Block IIICU and SM-6 Block IU – which will be based on a common guidance section, where the electronics and software that guide a missile to its target are housed. These missiles are destined for Canada and other allies.

Propulsion Chosen for Canadian Polar Emergency Response Icebreakers

Seaspan Shipyards is building a block of six multipurpose ice-breaking vessels designed by Aker Arctic for the Canadian Coast Guard and has contracted Steerprop to provide Polar Class 4 (PC 4) propulsion packages for these newbuild vessels, including two contra-rotating propulsors (CRP) for main propulsion and two tunnel thrusters for auxiliary manoeuvring for each ship.

Royal Canadian Navy Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Unmanned Aircraft System

The RCN requires a shipborne vertical take-off and landing Remotely Piloted Aircraft System that can launch and recover from a Halifax-class frigate with an embarked maritime helicopter.

Imagine Marine Conference 2024 Call for Presentation and Speakers

This is a reminder that submissions are open for speaker and presentation proposals for the upcoming Imagine Marine Conference 2024. The deadline for submission is May 15th, 2024.

IBIA and BIMCO to Jointly Address Fuel and Maritime Challenges

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), the voice of the global bunker industry, and BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on some of the monumental challenges and opportunities within the areas of bunker, marine energy and maritime sectors and help facilitate shipping’s decarbonization efforts.

More than 4,000 Ship Engines Caught Up in Japanese Fuel Data Scandal

An investigation is underway in Japan as IHI Corp admitted that it had falsified fuel economy data for ship and railway engines for at least 20 years. As well as falsifying fuel consumption rates, the engines could be in violation of the International Maritime Organization’s nitrogen oxide emissions regulations, potentially causing urgent, mass multi-billion dollar retrofits for a sizeable chunk of the global merchant fleet at a time when ship repair yards are already highly busy.

Des tests en mer sont prévus pour le NM Joseph-Savard

The Quebec Ferry Group (STQ) will be conducting sea trials on the recently-modernised NM Joseph-Savard in coming weeks. Corrections to issues stemming from vibrations and water leaks have been resolved.

DARPA Broad Agency Announcement Hermes Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a new training program for companies to participate with them more effectively.

Shadow-Fleet Oil Tanker that Crashed had Void Western Insurance

A shadow-fleet tanker that crashed in Denmark’s vital straits produced a set of insurance documents that weren’t valid, a stark example of how there’s little clarity about who would pay the bill if such a ship had a major disaster.

Seoul Studies Nuclear Potential for Ships

The state-run Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) is studying developing core technologies for small modular reactor (SMR)-powered ships and floating SMR power generation platforms in a four-year R&D program.

GSTS Selected by Canada-US Seaways to Provide Enhanced Analytics and Voyage Information System Predictability with OCIANA

Global Spatial Technology Solutions announced that it has been awarded a contract for a Voyage Information System (VIS) by St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) and Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway (GLS) to enhance joint management of bi-national waterways.

Fuel efficiency of Wärtsilä 31 engine a key consideration for newbuild Canadian Polar Icebreaker

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines for the new Canadian Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker being designed and built at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards.

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


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

DARPA MTO Open House

DARPA MTO will host an Open House event on 24 June 2024 from 0900 – 1630 (ET) for prospective proposers, ahead of the release of a new forthcoming MTO Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). This event will also stream virtually. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Date: June 24, 2024

More Events Here

Get involved, become a member!  Do it Now! »





Current Procurement Opportunities


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

The RFP closes on May 1, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA-Class Spares: Circuit Card Assembly; Buzzer, Electronic; Sonetics Headband; Connector, Electrical, P Lug, Shell Size; Switch, Push

The RFP closes on May 2, 2024

NEW-Request for standing offer for CCGS Terry Fox Welding, NDT and Coating Inspector Services

The RFSO closes on May 3, 2024

NEW-Request for proposal for Aton; Buoys, Plastic

The RFP closes on May 7, 2024

Request for Proposal for CCGS Cape Roger Docking

The RFP closes on May 7, 2024

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on May 8, 2024

NEW-Request for proposal for Radar Module for TZ Pro

The RFP closes on May 14, 2024

NEW-Request for proposal for Naval Architect and Construction Quality Advisor – Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve

The RFP closes on May 16, 2024

NEW-Request for proposal for Halifax Class Spares – Hoist Rings

The RFP closes on May 24, 2024

NEW-The Establishment of a Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) In-Service Support (ISS) Working Group (CIWG)

The Request for Information closes on June 4, 2024

Request for Proposal for RCN ISTAR UAS

The RFP closes on June 4, 2024

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

The RFP closes on June 17, 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

Request for Supply Arrangement for Small Vessel Disposal Services

The RFSA closes on March 30, 2029





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