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On Watch May 5, 2021

On Watch May 5, 2021



  May 5, 2021


Words from the CEO

cmisapresidentimg-jan272021.jpgWelcome to the first May edition of On Watch, and we hope that all is well with our subscribers across the country and internationally during these challenging times. Perhaps our electronic newsletter will help brighten your inbox with news from our industry. This edition features our member, Ocean Group, with an interview with Director of Business Development, Renée Dumas, continuing our focus on women in our sector. I am very pleased to say that even though women only make up about 10% of the marine sector workforce, we have no shortage of innovative and successful women to feature in our Member Spotlights. The modern marine sector in Canada benefits from the skill, experience, traditions and passion from such a wide variety of people.

Happy reading, and please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your colleagues and contacts and be sure to scroll down to the bottom to check out the latest Government of Canada marine procurement opportunities.

Colin Cooke


Member Spotlight: Ocean Group
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Photo of Renée Dumas, courtesy of Ocean Group.

Ocean Group is more than a shipyard: where there is water, you’ll likely see Ocean Group in some form or another! Offering integrated marine services ranging from shipbuilding, repair, barge and workboat rental, dredging, towing, salvage and oversized marine transportation, the company really does it all. Ocean Group has transformed itself quickly from a yard that specialized in towing to one that supports a wide variety of clients with a host of marine services, particularly for small and medium-sized vessels. A key driver for the company is quality. As Director of Business Development, Construction and Naval Repairs Renée Dumas explains, Ocean Group maintains and services the vessels it constructs, therefore it’s in the company’s best interests to build to high quality standards “as we have to deal with it in the future.”

Like many insiders in the marine industry, Dumas comes to her work naturally with a family background in fishing in coastal Québec/Labrador. She always knew she wanted to be involved in the marine industry. Ocean Group may have almost 1,000 employees, but with a horizontal management structure that fosters team work based on projects, Dumas describes the work atmosphere as “like a family, where you can count on everyone.” The varied nature of the work means that every week is different, and with an ambitious and passionate team, growth is a top priority. Ocean Group is now expanding its successful business model to other parts of the world.

In a sector dominated by men, Dumas is optimistic of what women can bring to the table in this fast-paced, constantly changing environment, and she feels fortunate to work for a woman who has spent 31 years at the company and can provide vital mentorship to her. “It’s a great career, and we need more women to bring a wind of change, with a feminine touch to this industry!” She is also cognizant of the need to align Ocean Group with the other shipyards and marine industries in Canada, and counts on the advocacy support the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association gives, to be able to speak to governments about challenges and solutions as one unified voice.

The Canadian Marine Industry and Shipbuilding Today

It has been a long time since the marine industry in Canada has been so robust and vibrant. Naturally, there is room for improvement, but it is still safe to say that things are busy and going in the right direction. This is an exciting time to be building ships in Canada.

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Vard Electro Announced New Sub-Contract with Philly Shipyard, Inc.

Vard Electro Canada (VEC) is proud to announce our new sub-contract with Philly Shipyard, Inc. to provide power and propulsion systems design for the US Navy’s Cable Ship T-ARC(X) Industry Studies project. 

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FMF Cape Breton and Cape Scott celebrate 25 years serving the Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.

April 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of the inception of the Fleet Maintenance Facilities Cape Breton and Cape Scott (FMFCB/FMFCS), the Royal Canadian Navy’s dedicated engineering, repair, and maintenance facilities located on each of Canada’s coastlines within HMC Dockyard Esquimalt, B.C., and HMC Dockyard Halifax, N.S.

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Galoni Named CEO of Thordon Bearings

Anna Galoni was appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Thordon Bearings Inc., a Thomson-Gordon Group company.

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B.C. government puts $9.5 million toward removing more than 100 derelict boats

VICTORIA—B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman says the province is spending $9.5 million to address the “massive” problem of marine debris along the coast.

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Transport Canada’s plan to clean contaminants from Kingston harbour could close Metal Craft Marine

A plan to clean contaminants out of Kingston’s inner harbour led by the federal government is causing frustration with local organizations.

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Seal & Bearings Retrofit Highlight Value of Ontario Partnership to CCG

Thordon Bearings and Heddle Shipyards have successfully completed a retrofit project to replace the shaft seals and bearings aboard the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) vessels CCGS Caribou Isle and CCGS Ile St. Ours.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries Develops AI Solution for Ship Safety

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group independently has developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based safety management/monitoring system (HiCAMS) and obtained  classification and flag Approval-in-Principal (AIP) for the first time in the shipbuilding industry. 

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SeaspanLNG secures approval in principle for 7600cbm LNG bunker vessel

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC. – SeaspanLNG is pleased to announce that it has secured an Approval in Principle (AIP) with Bureau Veritas, for the design of a 7600cbm LNG bunker vessel.

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Leonardo to supply Royal Canadian Navy’s new Canadian Surface Combatants

Leonardo will supply to Lockheed Martin Canada four OTO 127/64 LightWeight (LW) Vulcano naval guns, including the Automatic Ammunition Handling System (AAHS) as an optional solution, for the new Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC), which will be built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. at the Halifax shipyard in Nova Scotia. 

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CMISA promotes and supports our industry with activities to:

  • Build and maintain ships for Canada and for the private sector (Build & Maintain)
  • Support business opportunities for our marine industry members (Support)
  • Sustain a network to voice our concerns and promote our solutions (Sustain)


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