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On Watch Newsletter November 8, 2023 Edition

On Watch November 8, 2023 Edition

November 8, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition November 8,  2023 



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

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From Colin's Desk 



Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! It’s a busy time for us all with various conferences and visits on my agenda such as the Deep Blue Forum 2023 in Ottawa and a trip to the Annual Quebec Shipbuilding Supply Chain meeting in Levis.  I am excited to share that very soon, we will be hosting 9 companies from 6 provinces in our Team Canada booth at the International WorkBoat Show at the end of the month. We plan to build on this national project with a more comprehensive suite of services for everyone next year and we`ll share more as they come together. If you are attending WB23, drop by the booth to say hello -it’s #3219 right on the main aisle of the hall. 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 have had a few new members join us in the past few months. The following great companies have joined our ranks since the beginning of September:

Ethree offers consulting services, HR support, training, and coaching programs.

BNAC Environmental Solutions Inc. specializes in providing environmentally conscious lubricants tailored for the demanding marine environment, catering to marine clients.

Inland Liferafts & Marine Limited is a Canadian distributor that offers a wide variety of commercial and recreational marine safety products.

InnovMarine Inc. assists shipbuilders in making informed decisions through technology and standardized processes.

Calian Composites Ltd. provides services specific to composites engineering, metrology, and project planning.

JSquared Technologies Inc. which provides rugged electronic systems and comprehensive in-service support and maintenance, repair and overhaul. 

In this edition, we are featuring Viable Power’s Fadya Alhelo. Viable Power is a Montreal-based Canadian company that develops, tests, and maintains rugged power supply solutions ideal for marine environments. Viable Power places great value on using local and Canadian suppliers, and in hiring local talent, offers a tight-knit work environment as the company provides clients all over the world with high quality power solutions.

Our Member Spotlights highlight the experiences and stories of the women in our member companies, which we have always felt brought to light new perspectives in our industry. We are happy to feature this growing trend of the excellent work opportunities in the marine sector in Canada. On the topic of women in the sector, I want to share a gem I came across recently, an exhibition in the UK which uncovers the stories of women who worked in the shipbuilding industry in the North East during the First World War, Women in Shipbuilding. We are so pleased to be able to tell stories of women in shipbuilding in Canada today through our Member Spotlights.

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 fall edition and do send any suggestions you may have our way.

All the best to everyone!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight

Viable Power



Photo of Fadya Alhelo courtesy of Viable Power


Viable Power Conversion Technologies Inc. (Viable Power) is a Quebec-based power supply design and manufacturer specialist that develops custom solutions to meet the individual requirements of each customer, in the military aerospace, shipboard and naval, ground defence and industrial sectors. The company also supplies clients with power system-related accessories such as DC solid state relays, power control units, timed relay, and DC power distribution units.

In the Defense sector, Viable Power brings over 28 years of experience providing tailored rugged power supply solutions. A deep understanding of the challenging naval environments above and below deck for surface and sub-surface naval vessels is the basis of the company’s high-quality products and services for the solutions created for global military naval customers. Viable Power provides affordable design and quick turnaround manufacture, which saves clients a great deal of time and money.

Fadya Alhelo, part of the manufacturing staff, says, “The production team manufacturers to the highest standards to achieve the highest quality by following IPC soldering requirements and continuous training ensuring that we stay current. This reduces the risks of power supplies failing in the field. Our power supply units are made to endure, and this distinguishes us as a company. Many units are still in the field since the mid 1990s. They are easy to maintain, and we support the life of the units through maintenance, refurbishment, and upgrades. This is why we are on some very important programs in the military.” Viable Power designs its custom power supplies to meet the highest standards for shipboard applications, and rigorously tests its products on-site in Pointe-Claire to comply with the challenging requirements of naval environments, including temperature, vibration, shock, humidity, and electromagnetic compatibility. Each product also comes with ongoing lifetime support.

Fadya, who immigrated to Quebec from Syria in 1994, has been with Viable Power for 23 years and thrives in the small company that provides its employees with a sense of family. She is very proud to work in an environment where the future is so promising. “We have an excellent team and products of superior quality. We have so many clients that ask us to develop specific products for their unique naval projects, it is so inspiring.” The company hires locally, and sources from local and Canadian suppliers as much as possible, and these strong, local supplier relationships result in shorter lead times and reduced costs, which benefit Viable Power’s customers, and creates a strong and satisfying work environment for employees.

Fadya is also proud that third of the employees at Viable Power are women, making a significant contribution to the reliability of our products. “We have tremendous teamwork, we pick up seamlessly from each other and our workplace fosters friendships amongst the team. We have excellent leadership. I truly believe we have the best boss and that has inspired me to work here for so long.”

Fadya is also grateful to be part of CMISA. She feels there are great advantages of being part of a network of suppliers in the marine industry. With such specialized marine power supply units, being part of the association lets other companies know what each other can offer.

Website Here





Technical Information

ABS News Brief CCC 9

The 9th session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 9) was held from 20 to 29 September 2023. CCC 9 continued work on interim guidelines for use of ammonia and hydrogen as fuel, finalized amendments for the IGF Code, and discussed amendments to the IGC Code for gas carriers and the IMSBC and IMDG Codes on dangerous cargoes.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News


Davie Finalizes Purchase of Helsinki Shipyard

Davie has finalized the acquisition of the assets of Finland’s Helsinki Shipyard Oy (HSO). The transaction will create opportunities for employees, encourage collaboration, facilitate the transfer of know-how, provide access to resources, and stimulate export potential.

Kraken and L3Harris Team Up onK40 USSV Platform

Kraken Technology Group has signed a collaboration agreement with L3Harris Technologies to advance the integration of control systems within the K40 MANTA prototype.   

Seaspan Lays Keel for Canadian Navy’s Second Joint Support Ship

Seaspan Shipyards hosted a ceremonial keel laying event for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) future HMCS Preserver. Scheduled for delivery in 2027, the vessel is the second of two Joint Support Ships being built by Seaspan as part of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). 

Marine Thinking Readies Trials

The Halifax maker of autopilot and remote-control tech for uncrewed vehicles will test a system for recovering lost lobster traps with 20 fishers.

Incat to Use SSI Shipbuilding Software for Giant Buquebús Cat

Incat Tasmania, which is building the world’s largest battery electric ferry for long time customer Buquebús , will use Victoria-based SSI’s ShipConstructor design and modeling shipbuilding software to support structural modeling for the two hull modules of the 130 meter RoPax catamaran (Incat hull 096) which, as well as setting a battery-electric record, will also be the world’s largest aluminum hulled vessel.


Two of Ocean Groupe’s tugboats undergoing sea trials are featured in this photodocumentary.

Construction Milestone in September on Future HMCS Protecteur

The second Replenishment at Sea (RAS) post by Hepburn Engineering was installed onto the future His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur. This installation represents the finished construction of all 123 structural blocks for the first of two Protecteur Class ships. Major structural blocks were manufactured by Ideal Welders in Richmond, British Columbia and installed at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyard.

Canada Awards $560M Contract to Weir Canada to Manage the Naval Engineering Test Establishment (NETE)

The Government of Canada awarded a $560-million contract to Weir Canada Inc. to manage the Naval Engineering Test Establishment (NETE). The first contract will be for five years, beginning in April 2024, with options to extend for an additional 15 years.  

Marine Transportation Services Completes 2023 Community Resupply Season

Marine Transportation Services (MTS) has completed its 2023 resupply season with deliveries of essential cargo and fuel to 11 Northern communities. This annual scheduled service provides cost-effective resupply to residents and businesses in communities on Great Slave Lake, Mackenzie River corridor and the Arctic Coast.

SEA Canada Launches in Canada

Leading UK defence and security electronic system specialist SEA has launched in Canada following its recent acquisition of defence support provider JSK Naval Support Inc (JSK).

BCIT Receives Major Donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to Invest in Expanding Skilled Trades Opportunities for Young People in BC

In an effort to expand early access to skills training and education, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Seaspan and Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY), is donating $5.527 million to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to deliver trades training to high school students.

Dutch Government Vows to Resurrect Local Shipbuilding Scene

The Dutch government has announced it will spend EUR60m ($63.6m) over the next two years to boost the nation’s shipbuilding industry as well as creating a National Maritime Manufacturing Industry Management Agency. 

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

Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) Engagement Opportunity: Marine Safety and Security Regulations

We look forward to welcoming you at the Fall 2023 Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) meeting, Transport Canada's primary consultative body for marine matters. This year’s Fall CMAC will be an in person consultation over 2 days November 14th and 15th.

Date: November 14-15, 2023

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 29-2023 Dec 1, 2024

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

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfill – Alongside Refit

The RFP closes on November 16, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Drydock CCGV Caribou Isle – Ile St-Ours

The RFP closes on November 16, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Winter Refit – CCGS A. Leblanc, Caporal Kaeble and Constable Carriere - Sorel

The RFP closes on November 16, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for the Modernization of the Canadian Coast Guard Telecommunications Site -Anticosti Island, Que.

The RFP closes on November 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Lighting and Components HFX Class

The RFP closes on November 17, 2023

Request for Proposal for Lighting and Components HFX Class

The RFP closes on November 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Removal, Deconstruction and Disposal of the Vessels, Hannah Altantic, Cape Rouge and the Rubert Brand VI

The RFP closes on November 20, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Remotely Operated Vehicle Technical Support Services for Offshore Research

The RFP closes on November 21, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Cable Assembly, Computer Subassembly

The RFP closes on November 21, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 21, 2023

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

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

The RFP closes on November 27, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Griffon Vessel Life Extension

The RFP closes on November 29, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Gordon Reid – Alongside Refit

The RFP closes on December 5, 2023

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

The RFP closes on December 18, 2023

NEW-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




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