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On Watch Newsletter May 29, 2024 Edition

On Watch May 29, 2024 Edition

May 29, 2024

On Watch Newsletter Edition May  29,  2024 



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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! I am recently back from a very productive week in St John’s where CMISA held its AGM, I attended the PSPC MIAC meetings, and where both Sandra and I had a chance to connect with many of our members at Mari-Tech. Notwithstanding the numerous travel challenges that more than a few folks had that week, I know that excellent meetings were had by many in between the informative presentations. And I am certain that I speak for many when I say that the evening events were superb and that we are all looking forward to see what the organizing team in Montreal does to top them next year!

Some CMISA news today: at our AGM, I had the great pleasure of announcing a new member of our CMISA team! Darren Mierau, whom many of you know either from his days with the RCMP Marine unit or before that with the RCN, has now joined us. He will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays going forward and you are more than welcome to reach out to him to say hello via projects(at) We are very much looking forward to sharing his expertise with everyone on a number of projects very soon. As well, a huge thank you to Darcy Byrtus (BMT) and Jason Aspin (AKA) who have come to the end of their terms on the CMISA board of directors and a warm welcome to Ben Valcour (Thales) and Marlene Conway-Diels (Envision) who are joining us. We will have some more from the board perspective before too long – once our new members have a chance to get settled in.

In the meantime, enjoy this edition of On Watch with news from across our sector, both here and abroad, procurement opportunities, events and more.

Happy reading!


Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Finland Trip Spotlight

B2B in Finland



Thank You!

In early May I had the pleasure of participating in a delegation to Finland led by Naval Québec to learn about their marine sector and for business development. Beginning in Helsinki with a visit to Helsinki Shipyard, which is now owned and operated by Davie, we were hosted by CEO Kim Salmi, given a tour of the yard and participated in very insightful B2B meetings and discussions with Finnish companies. We ended a productive day with a reception at the Helsinki City Hall hosted by Mayor Juhana Vartiainen.

The following day we had a Helsinki-oriented agenda and visited Aker Arctic’s offices and ice tank, ABB Marine & Ports azipod centre and Aalto University’s ice tank, with company presentations and capability discussions at each. The Canadian Ambassador to Finland Jeanette Stovel hosted us in the evening at the Canadian Official Residence.

Subsequent days took us to three other Finnish cities to visit two more shipyards, engage local marine industry companies, while expanding our knowledge and understanding of the breadth of the sector scattered across the country. In Turku we visited the Meyer Turku Shipyard, Elomatic, and Almaco while also connecting with other firms. We then visited the town of Rauma and the Rauma Marine Constructions Shipyard and the propulsion solution producer, Steerprop, with a final day in Vaasa to visit Wärtsilä and Danfoss.

I think that it’s safe to say that the marine sector in Finland is impressive. The team at Davie is working hard at securing a solid order book for the Helsinki Shipyard and as they do, I believe that many Canadian firms will have opportunities to enter the Finnish marine space. From there, the potential for all our companies is excellent.

Please reach out to me anytime should you wish to know more details about the trip or to secure ideas/contacts as I would be more than happy to share anything that I might have.

CMISA in the News





Technical Information

Blackout-Causes, Prevention, Effective Recovery

DNV News that highlights some of the most common causes of blackouts and aims to provide ship managers and crews with guidance to help prevent blackouts and mitigate potential consequences.

View info Here

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Delivering the New Protecteur-Class to the Royal Canadian Navy

Canada’s new Joint Support Ships, the Protecteur-Class, which will see active engagements in areas of conflict and humanitarian deployments, are being adapted and built in Vancouver at Seaspan Shipyards.

Better Shipyard Capacity Key to Building, Refitting 3,500 Green Ships by 2050

Improving shipyard capacity will be crucial to enable thousands of green ships to join the global fleet in the next two and a half decades, a new report found. It is estimated that over 3,500 ships must be built or refitted annually until 2050, yet the number of shipyards more than halved between 2007 and 2022.

Green Marine Lays Foundation for New Global Structure

Green Marine International is the newly formed corporation and governance structure overseeing the Green Marine and Green Marine Europe environmental certification programs, the maritime industry’s voluntary initiatives to advance environmental excellence beyond regulations globally. All Green Marine and Green Marine Europe participants are now Green Marine International members. Their respective certification requirements remain unchanged.

CIB Lending BC Ferries $75M for Vessel Electrification Program

The Canada Infrastructure Bank is lending BC Ferries Services Inc. $75 million to help finance the purchase of four zero-emission ferries and install the required charging infrastructure.

Maritime Losses Decline but Industry Faces Unprecedented Challenges, Allianz Report Warns

The global shipping industry has seen a significant reduction in the number of vessel losses, but faces increasing volatility from geopolitical events, climate change, and the trend towards larger vessels, according to marine insurer Allianz Commercial.

Canada Weighing International ‘Collaboration’ on Future Subs

Canada is weighing “collaboration” from foreign partners in a bid to figure out a way forward on replacing its fleet of aging Victoria-class submarines.

Ferry Operator Looks to Self-Driving Tech to Help Solve Staff Shortage

The Norwegian ferry operator Torghatten is planning to use self-driving technology on a route near Trondheim, and has signed an agreement with the experienced autonomous-shipping team at Kongsberg to develop the system.

Thordon Inks Deal to Refit 32 Panamanian Vessels

Thordon Bearings won a contract to convert the rubber tailshaft bearings across an entire fleet of Panama-operating tugs, pilot vessels, and workboats to water-lubricated polymer bearings.

Gordon Bain Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Tug & Salvage Convention in Dubai

Gordon Bain, founder of Ocean Group and a leading figure in Quebec’s harbour tug and salvage industry, has received a lifetime achievement award at the International Tug & Salvage Convention.

Successful Patriot Interceptor Test from Naval Vertical Launcher is a Big Deal

Lockheed Martin has test-fired a Patriot MAC-3 MSE interceptor from a Mk 41 Launch System-derived containerized launcher and used it to down a mock cruise missile.

Chinese Spy Malware Found in European Shipping Companies’ Systems

A prominent cybersecurity consultancy has spotted signs of Chinese hacking intrusions in the European cargo shipping industry, the latest in a series of discoveries of China-aligned threat groups infiltrating Western economic infrastructure and setting up a persistent presence. 

Containership Loses Propulsion Due to Cracked Propeller Blade

A crack in a propeller blade of a Matson containership led to a loss of hydraulic oil and propulsion while transiting the Pacific Ocean.

Kraken Robotics Completes $20 Million Bought Deal Equity Financing

Kraken Robotics Inc. has closed its previously announced “bought deal” short form prospectus offering of common shares We note this especially as so few of our Canadian Ocean Tech firms are publicly listed and using the public markets to raise capital.

Babcock Canada and Barnacle Systems Inc. to Collaboratively Design and Develop a Cutting-Edge Remote Monitoring and Data Logging Device for Land Vehicles

Babcock and Barnacle are delighted to be extending their ITB partnership to design and develop a cutting-edge remote monitoring and data logging device for land vehicles, known as ‘BRNKL Green.

From Paper Charts to ECDIS: A Journey Through the Evolution of Marine Navigation

This article explores some of the key advances in navigational technology since the days of paper charts and sextants to keep modern ships safe from catastrophic accidents.

Canada in Extremis Rebalancing the Canadian Armed Forces and Rebuilding the Canadian Navy

This paper outlines the Naval Association of Canada's (NAC) assessment of Canada's current maritime situation and offers a considered evaluation of what the group believes is required to chart a more prudent course.

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

H2O Conference 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


Watch demonstrations on the exhibit floor and compare products side by side, and also connect with experts in your field at conference programs and special events such as leadership exchange panels, keynote presentations and networking receptions.

Date: June 11-13 , 2024

More Events Here

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

Rousseau Metal

Designed space-efficient storage for Marine and Naval Vessels

Learn More Here




Current Procurement Opportunities

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 CCGC Davit Wharf – Geotechnical Investigation

The RFP closes on June 4, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Naval Technical Officer Instructor

The RFP closes on June 7, 2024

NEW-Request for Proposal for Drydocking of CCGS Ann Harvey

The RFP closes on June 14, 2024

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

Request for Proposal for RCN ISTAR UAS

The RFP closes on August 6, 2024

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

This LOI 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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