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On Watch May 15, 2024

On Watch May 15, 2024 Edition

May l5, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition May  15,  2024 



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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! As we prepare this edition for press, I am here in St John’s ready to engage in MIAC meetings followed by the Mari-Tech conference. I’m a touch jet-lagged as I have just returned from a trip to Finland led by the team from Naval Québec. We took the recent acquisition of Helsinki Shipyard by Davie as an opportunity to explore what is happening in the maritime sector in Finland and to investigate the possibilities for Canadian companies. We toured three shipyards, met with companies large and small, saw ice-testing facilities and were hosted both by Helsinki City Hall and the Canadian Ambassador, Jeanette Stovel. I look forward to sharing our findings with you soon.

This edition features a wide variety of news items from across Canada and the globe that are of interest to our sector. And of course, going forward, if you would like additional themes covered, please do send any suggestions you may have our way. We are also featuring our Annual General Meeting sponsors, as their support makes these events possible and we so appreciate our sponsors, not only for their generous support, but for the input, participation and help that allows our Association to grow and move forward.

We will be returning to our regular member spotlights in upcoming editions. 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.

Happy reading!

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Colin Cooke

President and CEO



CMISA Annual General Meeting Spotlight

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their generous support of our Annual General Meeting.

Genoa Design International provides production design and 3D modeling services to shipbuilding and offshore industries to the North American shipbuilding market. With a team of almost 200 designers, engineers, naval architects, administrators and technical support staff dispersed between three locations in Mount Pearl, NL; Vancouver, BC; Halifax, NS; and New Orleans, US, Genoa provides expertise and dedicated support throughout the shipbuilding process. Genoa’s 3D model serves as a collaborative tool across project teams and stages, supporting partners over the long term, from initial design to decommission. These full-scale service offerings allow users to verify changes, optimize systems, and shorten engineering cycles throughout the whole life cycle of a project.


Duke Marine Technical Services has been providing production and design services to the shipbuilding and oil & gas industries for over twenty years. As a proven government supplier for the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy, DUKE has earned a reputation as a first-class design firm. DUKE is a 100% Canadian, female-owned and operated, and partners with major clients in Canada, the United States and around the world. DUKE also offers specialized recruitment providing clients with top engineering and design talent in the marine sector. DUKE assists clients with each step of the recruitment process at all levels, from entry level to executives.


Glamox is a global provider of lighting solutions for a wide variety of applications, on land and at sea. Our products and solutions improve the performance and well-being of people in marine and offshore environments. In the evolving marine and offshore industries, Glamox is the perfect partner to support your sustainability goals by offering state-of-the-art LED lighting solutions and Light Management Systems. Glamox’s extensive product selection lets customers choose from a wide range of high-quality luminaires with the latest technology. As a complete supplier for lighting project, Glamox is ready to solve any challenge its clients might have. Glamox’s in-house production provides great flexibility and customization according to client needs.


Rousseau Metal is a manufacturer of customized high-quality storage systemsRousseau Metal understands that space is a premium on ships. The whole objective of a ship is to bring teams and their equipment to a new location. Rousseau Metal’s storage systems allows the maximum capability and operability to be delivered in a given space. Rousseau Metals works with naval architects, shipyards and ship owners (Coast Guard, Navy, commercial) to provide the most functional, versatile and working environment on board Commercial Marine and Naval Vessels.

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Technical Information

Eliminating the RCN's Mine Countermeasure Vulnerabilities

This paper was originally published in 2018 as a Joint Command and Staff Programme 44 (JCSP) Service Paper at the Canadian Forces College, Toronto. It has been edited and reproduced here as part of an ongoing partnership between the CFC and the NAC to bring forward some of the best work in the field of maritime security to both inform and provoke discussion.

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Recent News

Davie Opens Doors for Partnerships Between Quebec and Finland Shipbuilding Industries

A 40-member delegation led Naval Québec went to Finland for a week-long mission to explore partnership opportunities between the Finnish and Canadian shipbuilding interests.

Initial Construction to Begin in June on New Canadian Warships

Initial construction of the first of the new Canadian warships estimated to cost as much as $80 billion will begin in June even though an actual contract to build the vessels has yet to be signed. Low-rate production activities on the Canadian Surface Combatant will begin sometime next month. That will include building a small section of the first structure on the vessel at Irving Shipbuilding on the east coast.

CMISA Shares Renewed Optimism 

An interview with CMISA President Colin Cooke about the shipbuilding industry’s past and current challenges points to a promising future. 

BluMetric Announces $5.3 Million Service Contract Extension for DND 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.

The Navy is Looking at Deploying ‘Ghost Fleets’ – Warships that Don’t Need Crews

The Canadian military is weighing how many and what kind of "optionally-crewed" warships it will need in the future as drone technology and artificial intelligence change the face of naval combat, says the commander of the navy.

B.C. Ferries Plans for Long-Term Contracts with Three Shipyards

B.C. Ferries has issued a notice that it intends to split ­drydocking and repair services for its fleet between three B.C. shipyards. The plan is for the majority of work to go to Victoria’s Point Hope Maritime Ltd., at 46 per cent, and Seaspan ULC, also at 46 per cent.

Kraken Gathers $11 Million in New Contracts Since Beginning of 2024

Kraken Robotics has reported a “strong start” to 2024 for its Service business with $11 million of new contracts secured since the beginning of the year. These new contracts consist of an $8 million acoustic corer contract signed yesterday, April 29, and several smaller sub-bottom imager contracts for offshore wind farm development.

GAO Reports on Problems Plaguing Top Coast Guard Shipbuilding Programs

The deliveries of the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and Polar Security Cutter (PSC) lead ships are delayed by almost four and five years, respectively. Additionally, the OPC and PSC cost estimates have increased by nearly $11 billion and more than $2 billion past their original estimates, respectively. The Coast Guard’s primary challenge is developing stable ship designs.

SAAM Towage Brings All-Electric Tugs to Port of Vancouver

SAAM Towage and its coalition of partners in the public and private sector have unveiled the first 100 percent electric, zero-emission tugboats that will service local clients in the Port of Vancouver starting this spring.

Today’s Patrol Boats Now Tackle Different Missions Across Locations

Patrol boats have evolved into platforms that have the latest navigation, communications, and propulsion systems while being designed and built with highly efficient hulls that move easily and rapidly through the water and can carry out multiple missions in locations across the globe. Canada’s MetalCraft Marine is a leading supplier of these vessels.

DNV: Steady Increase in New Orders for Alternative Fuel Vessels

DNV reports 23 new orders for alternative fueled vessels registered in April 2024. The largest of these were for methanol fueled vessels, continuing to outperform orders for LNG-fueled vessels.

Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Open House

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) will host an MTO Open House event for prospective proposers on June 24, 2024.

Damen Services Canada Celebrates Opening New Office

Damen Services Canada recently celebrated the opening of a new service centre in Victoria, BC Canada. Damen Services began operations in Canada in 2019 to provide warranty support for delivered vessels. 

Davie Named Canada’s Top Defence Company for 2024

For 2024 Canadian Defence Review has named DAVIE its Top Defence Company and it’s the first time for the company at the #1 spot in the 20 years the ranking has been published.

The Forward Bridge in Future Container Shipping

Shipping company Maersk recently introduced a new 16,000-TEU, methanol-powered ship named Ane Maersk with a bridge installed near the bow. Because of its cargo capacity advantages, the house-forward design has future potential in international container ship operations between Europe and Asia as well as in trans-North Atlantic service.

Coast Guard to Start Polar Cutter Construction Before Finalizing Design, Despite Recommendation

A congressional hearing about the state of the Coast Guard’s Polar Security Cutter program revealed ongoing design challenges and little certainty regarding timelines. The Coast Guard aims to begin construction on the first Polar Security Cutter before the end of the year.

Philly Shipyard and HD Hyundai Sign MOU on Potential Business Relationship

Philly Shipyard Inc., the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, and South Korea’s HD Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a potential business relationship relating to future U.S. government shipbuilding projects as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul projects.

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

Vard Marine Inc. launched VIGILANCE as their solution to replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s Kingston Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV) under Pillar Two of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. In conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Ontario Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defence, and Fincantieri, VIGILANCE will provide the RCN with a state-of-the-art, capable, operationally flexible, and globally deployable multi-mission naval vessel.

Opening of Facility for Intelligent Marine Systems

Official opening of the Facility for Intelligent Marine Systems (FIMS). Renovations to the building that houses FIMS took place over four years, with a total project investment of almost $25 million.

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.

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Coming Soon

H2O 2024

The H2O Conference is an ideal event to engage with the ocean technology industry. The conference will include: international delegates, research, development and commercialization presentations, and B2B meetings. This year’s conference will also include on-water demos at COVE.

Date: June 3-4, 2024

Greentech 2024

It’s the beautiful Canadian East Coast that the Green Marine team has the pleasure to host its 17th annual conference, GreenTech 2024 - the event will take place at Halifax Convention Center, in Nova Scotia, from June 5th to 7th.

Date: June 5-7, 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

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Proposal for Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) and Marine Refuges (MR’s) Vessel Charter

The RFP closes on May 17, 2024

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

The RFP closes on May 23, 2024

Request for proposal for Halifax Class Spares – Hoist Rings

The RFP closes on May 24, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for 16 Feet Aluminum Jon Boat

The RFP closes on May 28, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Sidney Spit Ferry Service – Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, BC

The RFP closes on May 29, 2024

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

The Request for Information closes on June 4, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Design, Build and Install Gangway Vincent Massey

The RFP closes on June 17, 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

Request for Proposal for RCN ISTAR UAS

The RFP closes on August 6, 2024

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


Genoa Design International Ltd.

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