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On Watch Newsletter November 22, 2023 Edition

On Watch November 22, 2023 Edition

November 22, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition November 22,  2023 



  • CMISA Updates
  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Procurement Opportunities
  • WorkBoat

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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! With snow and winter fast approaching, the pace for the conferences and trade shows will begin to tail off soon but there are a couple more to go before we all get to sit back for a brief moment and contemplate the year ahead!

I am very excited to be heading to the International WorkBoat Show next week, and for more details please read our Event Spotlight in this edition. I aim to meet as many as possible of  those who will be there and please do search me out at the booth as well. It’s very gratifying to see our Canadian members engaging in the US market and we will do our best to promote you any way we can. And as always please check out the Events page on our website for other upcoming events and share with us any that we have missed.

We will be returning to our Member Spotlights in the next edition. If any members are interested in a Spotlight, with its unique editorial content, please let us know and 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.

I hope you enjoy this late fall edition and do send any suggestions you may have our way.

All the best to everyone!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Event Spotlight

International WorkBoat Show 2023



If it can Power Your Business Forward, you’ll find it here.


We are very excited to share that we are heading to the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans for the annual 3-day event from November 29th thru December 1st in our Team Canada booth along with 9 companies from 6 different provinces. For everyone else who will be attending, please drop by to say hello at Booth #3219 situated right on the main aisle. As well, our colleagues at ISED and the Trade Commissioner’s office will be hosting a Canadian breakfast on the Wednesday morning. It should be a great show with over 50 Canadian companies joining an anticipated 1000 exhibitors and some 15,000 participants from across the US as well as around the world.

Next year: The other WorkBoat item that we would like to mention is that we are exploring doing it again next year but with a broader range of offerings. We are thinking of a floor-walker program with trade show training, an enhanced Canadian reception, possibly even B2B services. What we really need is to hear from you as to what you might like or need. The ideal time for your feedback would be right after your return from New Orleans as we need to do much of our planning before the holidays. You can reach out to any of us or simply send your thoughts along to – we would appreciate any ideas and suggestions!

Thank you in advance and see you at the Show!

See Article Here

Website Here





Technical Information

Best Practice & Recommendations for the Safe Carriage of Electric Vehicles (EVs)

This paper will focus on risks and risk mitigation options associated with the carriage of electric vehicles (EVs) on two different ship types, i.e.Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) and roro/ropax vessels. Hybrid cars and other alternative fuel vehicles are not considered since the largest share of new energy vehicles are EVs. The proportion of other AFVs in the global car fleet is currently limited and unlikely to grow significantly in the near future.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Seaspan Investing in Vancouver Drydock Expansion

Seaspan Shipyards is making substantial investments to upgrade and expand its Vancouver Drydock infrastructure to help grow the company's ship repair and maintenance operations in British Columbia and to better serve the Pacific Northwest. Seaspan received permit approval to extend its North Vancouver drydock facilities to increase capacity and service additional vessels.

Marine Industry Created $9.6 Billion in Economic Activity in Ontario Last Year

A new independent study identified the economic impacts created by all cargo and vessel activity in Ontario in 2022 and demonstrates that the industry supported 67,154 jobs and provided $3.95 billion in wages, generating $1.95 billion in taxes and created $9.6 billion in economic activity.

Hanwha Ocean to Join Canadian Patrol Submarine Project

Hanwha Ocean of Korea signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with four Canadian partners for long-term cooperation on the Canadian Patrol Submarine Project: CAE, Modest Tree, Des Nedhe Group and J Squared Technologies.

Maintaining a Navy – An Interview with Director General Maritime Programme Management, Department of National Defence, Cmdre Keith Coffen

This interview with Cmdre Keith Coffen discusses the status and future plans for the RCN’s vessels.

Feds Sign $38.6M Contract to Buy MV Fanafjord for N.S.-P.E.I. Ferry Route

The federal government is paying $38.6 million to buy a Norwegian car and passenger ferry to replace MV Holiday Island, which was scrapped after an engine fire in the Northumberland Strait in 2022.

Seaspan Deploys SmartDock Autodocking on the First of Two Ferries

Canada’s Seaspan Ferries, which operates between Vancouver Island and the Canadian mainland, has just fitted the first of two vessels with the Wärtsilä ANCS SmartDock autodocking system.

Port Authority Breathing New Life into Canal Lands

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) is breathing new life into eight hectares of unused industrial land on the east side of Port Colborne. Declared surplus to the operation of the Welland Canal, the lands owned by Transport Canada are the future site of a proposed Great Lakes Innovation Centre, new industry and conservation.

Le bateau multipêche qui fera la différence

La firme d’architecture navale Navanex lance un tout nouveau navire multipêche, qui pourra se consacrer à la pêche au crabe au printemps et à la pêche au sébaste en hiver.

Lessons from Britain’s National Shipbuilding Strategy

Shipbuilding is complex and challenging, and there are lessons to be learned from how Britain has been working across government to solve shipbuilding problems.

New Study Launched Highlighting the Positive Impacts of Turning Down the Volume

New study by the University of Southampton, commissioned by the International Chamber of Shipping, highlights synergies between the implementation of energy efficiency measures and reduction of underwater radiated noise.

Engine Failure Sends Canadian Coast Guard Ship into Early Refit

A Canadian Coast Guard ship on patrol in the Bay of Fundy experienced an emergency engine shutdown last month that has forced it out of service.

Wärtsilä Introduces World-First 4-Stroke Engine-Based Ammonia Solution

Technology group Wärtsilä has introduced the marine sector’s first commercially available 4-stroke engine-based solution for ammonia fuel. The new solution enables a significant advance in sustainable shipping operations – during a time in which ship owners are seeking viable options among green fuels.

Australian Government Supportive of Strategic Fleet Development Proposals

The Australian Government has released the report of the Independent Taskforce on the Strategic Fleet, along with its official response to the report, confirming a commitment to delivering a Strategic Fleet of up to 12 vessels that will help Australia build resilience to freight disruptions while supporting their maritime workforce and sovereign capability.

Ocean Marine Works Inc. Announces Move to Sorel-Tracy

The maritime company Ocean Group announces that it will bring together part of the activities of its subsidiary Ocean Marine Works Inc. in Sorel-Tracy's Ludger-Simard industrial park by the end of the year. This move will consolidate Ocean Group's presence in Sorel-Tracy, where the company already has harbour towing facilities.

Canadian Corvettes in the Second World War – A General History

This historical article examines the “Flower Class” corvettes and their use in Canadian naval history.

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


WorkBoat 2023

Produced by the same team as WorkBoat Magazine and, The International WorkBoat Show is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders as well as the vendors and suppliers that serve them. The International WorkBoat Show is a unique opportunity to come together with like-minded individuals to network, receive industry updates, and learn about the latest products on display throughout the exhibit hall. From productive days on the show floor to nights with colleagues, new friends and great food, there is nothing quite like it.

Date: November 29-Dec 1, 2023

NATO Industry Conference

Exclusive Conference held at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum is an unmissable opportunity to exchange ideas, network and meet leading-edge companies and Government of Canada entities exhibiting at the Marketplace section.

Date: December 11, 2023

DDNC/DAIR Indigenous Inclusivity Event

For SMEs & Larger Organizations, Interest Groups, Diverse Groups, Government Agencies, Individuals. DDNC in collaboration with DAIR is pleased to offer a three-part program: Main Event, a workshop and a follow-up session on this important topic. Featuring Nurdan Tokoz – Change Management Expert – Nurdanpinar Solutions for Human Performance

Date: January 25, 2024

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities


Request for Proposal for Disposal of 25 Vessels at Campobello Island

The RFP closes on November 23, 2023

Request for Proposal for Cylinders and Parts Kits

The RFP closes on November 24, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Vessel Charter – Salish Sea Moorings-

The RFP closes on November 24, 2023

Request for Proposal for Marine Inspection and Engineering Consultant Services Standing Offer BC

The RFP closes on November 27, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Griffon Vessel Life Extension

The RFP closes on November 29, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Capt. Jacques Cartier Dry Docking Refit

The RFP closes on November 30, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Gordon Reid – Alongside Refit

The RFP closes on December 5, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Seasonal Vessel Conference

The RFP closes on December 7, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Scientific Vessel Charter

The RFP closes on December 14, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Canadian Port Waste Facilities Case Studies

The RFP closes on December 14, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Plates and Spares for AZL Mast and Torque Motor

The RFP closes on December 18, 2023

Request for Proposal for Spares Kit, Shroud S

The RFP closes on December 19, 2023

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

The RFP closes on January 22, 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 Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Filters, Bearings, Voltmeters, Electrical Contacts, Switches

The RFP closes on January 5, 2024.




HMCS Sackville

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Canadian Naval Review

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Team Canada's Presence at the WorkBoat Show


Acier Stigterstaal

Canada Inc.



 A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.


 Aspin Kemp & Associates



BYD-Naval Architects



Duke Marine Technical Services

Canada Inc.


 Genoa Design International Ltd.


 J-Squared Technologies Inc.


 Navanex Inc.


Titan Boats Ltd.


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