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On Watch Newsletter May 10, 2023 Edition

On Watch May 10, 2023 Edition

May  10, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition May 10,  2023 



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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch. Here in the nation’s capital we went from freezing rain storms to summer-like weather in the course of a week. With the nice weather here now, all those projects that folks were describing to me at MariTech kick into high gear – it will be a busy summer for our members!

In this edition we are pleased to feature Katherine Schmidt, Head of Electrification, Automation and Digitalization at Siemens Electric, a talented, trilingual engineer who is part of the movement to help our sector decarbonize. Given the clear government direction towards a green and sustainable future, it is encouraging to see many of our members already contributing to making it happen in the maritime environment. We are very pleased to highlight the many innovations of our members in On Watch. 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.

As you may have noticed, 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



Member Spotlight

Siemens Energy



Photo of Katherine Schmidt, Courtesy of Siemens Energy

Global energy pioneer Siemens Energy is bringing its vast experience to Canada through a specialized business unit in the marine world.   With a strong commitment to be a partner in decarbonization, Siemens Energy solutions help cut down greenhouse gas emissions by delivering advanced electrical equipment, systems, solutions and services for commercial and naval vessels and submarines, including Canadian navy and coast guard large vessel projects. Siemens Energy leverages field services all over the world through a global network of subsidiaries that can provide maintenance and support when vessels need it the most. In effect, leverage centres of expertise.

As Katherine Schmidt, Head of Electrification, Automation and Digitalization at Siemens Energy explains, “We are all about integration, from underwater propulsion systems all the way up to the deck.” With a unique range of products, and a long history of electrification – Siemens electrified the first ferry in the 1800s! – Siemens Energy is helping develop this capacity in Canada. As was evident in the federal government’s recent Budget 2023, clean technologies including electrification are vital to building Canada’s clean economy and play a transformative role in fighting climate change. The Canadian government’s investments and funding mechanisms are putting Canada in a good position, from Katherine’s perspective, and in a world of growing global expertise Canada is on the map.

Decarbonization, as Katherine explains, is a journey, and there is no cookie cutter approach. Siemens Energy helps owners adapt vessels to reduce energy consumption, use different fuels, introduce batteries, and a variety of other measures to find that “sweet point of a solution.” At the same time, Siemens Energy also designs for modularity, with a building block approach so that vessels can incorporate components as needed. With the ambitious Canadian 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, Siemens Energy is seeing a lot more demand through all the incentives to decarbonize. These incentives include carbon tax systems, and as Katherine describes it, “decarbonization is no longer a nice to have, and we are helping operators find the right solutions at all price points.”

A mechanical engineer herself, Katherine developed that “spark” for engineering as a child and finds the work at Siemens Energy very engaging and motivating. She brings a passion for decarbonization to her work and enjoys the atmosphere at Siemens Energy where she can continue to learn by working on new and innovative projects. Being part of the revival of the naval industry in Canada is exciting, and she sees many job opportunities for young people. Finding and attracting new people, particularly women, is a challenge in many industries, but especially in the marine sector. Katherine sees the need to develop the next generation of workers and knows that recruitment should begin in high schools. It is important to let young people know that working on Canada’s naval projects offers careers that can be enjoyed from “starting as an intern until you retire.” Companies like Siemens Energy can offer a diverse set of people satisfying and exciting careers where young people will have the opportunity to make a change for the future.

As a new member of the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association, the networking that the association fosters is something that Katherine values. It gives her the opportunity to understand better the range of links to partners, customers and suppliers in companies of all sizes, including Indigenous suppliers, throughout the Canadian marine sector. A strong sector committed to decarbonization will help develop a new generation of diverse Canadian workers.

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Technical Information


Chapter 7 Unpacking Canada’s Arctic Shipping Safety, Security, and Defence Functions

This chapter seeks to outline the three functions required to ensure safe shipping in Canada’s Arctic; namely, safety, security and defence.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Beware the Allure of Mission Modularity

While mission modularity has many benefits, it is not the perfect solution to force-structure challenges.

Visionary Shipping Research

A landmark research investment by the federal government will position Canada and Inuit as world leaders in sustainable Arctic shipping. Memorial University and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada are co-leading a global partnership to address and respond to the increase in Arctic shipping, the related environmental impacts affecting Arctic communities and to support Inuit communities’ needs for safe and cost-efficient resupply.

Awards 2022: Best Oil Spill Response Vessel – Sentinel 304 – Robert Allan Ltd and Western Canada Marine Response Corporation

New specialized vessels from Robert Allen Ltd are a departure from their usual fare and provide the BC coast with multi-purpose marine oil response capabilities.

Ugjit Mijua’ji’jg: The ‘For the Children’ Crabber with Near-Zero Emissions

With an active fleet of nine boats, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government in Quebec has a big investment in snow crab, and in May of 2022, it accepted delivery of a crabber trawler from Chantier Naval Forillion that will increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of crabbing and fishing operations.

New Seaspan Contracts Aim to Modernize Shipbuilding

Seaspan Shipyards has awarded three contracts to BCS Automation, Gastops and 3GA Marine totaling approximately $2.6 million to enable four leading Canadian companies in the marine industry to advance digitalization and further modernize shipbuilding and fleet maintenance.

ACADA and Irving Shipbuilding Partner on MACH Atlantic Program

At the Defence Trends Symposium in Moncton, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) and the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) announced a partnership that will bring the internationally recognized MACH program to support small businesses in the marine defence sector in Atlantic Canada. The intent of the MACH Atlantic program is to improve productivity, competitiveness, and growth in the region.

Clean Arctic Alliance Condemns Lack of Compulsory Measures to Reduce Black Carbon Shipping Emissions in the Arctic

After a meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Pollution Prevention and Response committee closed at the end of last week (PPR10), the Clean Arctic Alliance denounced the IMO’s failure to progress compulsory measures to reduce black carbon emissions from international shipping on the Arctic. It called for national governments to urgently develop concrete proposals for mandatory action for the IMO to consider at the first available opportunity in 2024.

Study Identifies 15 Key Pain Points Facing Women at Sea

A study based on interviews with 115 female seafarers identifies 15 key “pain points” – or challenges – facing women at sea. The study is the first step in a project being carried out by the All Aboard Alliance, an initiative launched last year to pave the way for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive maritime industry.

Davie Announces Funding for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (CANADA) to Expand the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices Program

As the marine and other industries seek to benefit from the opening of Arctic sea routes, the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices program is training Indigenous communities and providing technology to map areas which are then used to identify and develop management strategies for low-impact shipping corridors.

How Should the Law Treat Underwater Maritime Autonomous Vehicles?

Maritime Autonomous Vehicles have become an essential component of the modern maritime security scene, but they challenge some of the oldest legal rules.

Op Ed: Sailing into the Future with Non-Toxic & Non-Flammable Batteries

Solutions for more sustainable shipping will require onboard battery systems that can overcome the issues and limitations of lithium-ion batteries.

A N.S. ghost ship is fading from memory — 150 years after its crew disappeared

We learn something every day: we’ve known about the story of the Mary Celeste forever but had never known that she was built in Nova Scotia!

More News Here

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Coming Soon

Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) Conference

The Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) 2022 Conference will take place May 9-11, 2023  at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Conference will bring together 200+ ocean professionals in the ocean sector, including representation from equity seeking groups: 2SLGBTQ+ community; Indigenous communities; persons with disabilities; and racialized people.  The CWOIL initiative aims to attract, develop and retain a robust, diverse and inclusive talent pipeline that includes women from all origins to enable and accelerate Canadian innovation, research and technology development, and market and export leadership, in ocean industries.   From November 14 – 16, 2022, the CWOIL Conference will see further discussions that will formulate an action plan for ensuring more women become leaders in ocean industries. Additionally, there will be a celebration of current female leaders in ocean industries.

Date: May 9-11, 2023

11th RCN Historical Conference: Call for Papers

To be held at His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Venture, the conference theme will be The Centennial of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves. The conference is expected to be the only academic gathering in Canada to examine the innumerable contributions of the Naval Reserves to the Navy and Canada, from the Provincial Marine to today.

Date: May 12-14, 2023

ABCMI's Annual Innovation Day

Join us to hear a range of speakers around innovation interests and pursuit of new technologies from the Canadian federal fleets including the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Coast Guard, and Transport Canada.

Date: May 17, 2023

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for CCGS Griffon Alongside Refit 2023

The RFP closes on May 12, 2023

Request for Proposal for Submarine Battery Chargers, CFB Esquimalt

The RFP closes on May 15, 2023

Request for Proposal for NSN Cable, Special Purpose, Electrical

The RFP closes on May 19, 2023

Request for Proposal for Bolt, Shear

The RFP closes on May 23, 2023

Request for Proposal for Installation, Removal and Servicing of Aids to Navigation in the Province of Prince Edward Island

The RFP closes on May 23, 2023

Request for Proposal for Gear Operator, Valve

The RFP closes on May 26, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for NSN 5340-12-3172016 Strapping

The RFP closes on May 26, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve/Diaphragm

The RFP closes on May 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Boat Trailers

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Cartridge, Stop-Check Valve; Valve Assembly, Sole; Valve Butterfly; Gage, Differential Dial Indicating

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Regulating, Fluid Pressure

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Small Vessel Disposal Services

The RFP closes on May 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Centralized Control and Alarm Monitoring Systems (CCAMS) for Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPV) of CCG

The RFP closes on June 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Buoy Services – Nova Scotia

The RFP closes on June 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for LED Lamps

The RFP closes on June 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Rock Crab Trap Survey Vessel Charter

The RFP closes on June 5, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA Class Spares: Pumps, Probes, and Kits

The RFP closes on June 5, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares, Electric Wire, Lighting Fixtures, Lamps and Coil Kit

The RFP closes on June 15, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Improved Galley for Victoria-Class Submarines

The RFP closes on June 26, 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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