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On Watch November 9, 2022

On Watch November 9, 2022 Edition

November 9, 2022

On Watch Newsletter Edition November 9, 2022 



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

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From Colin's Desk 

Colin Cooke


Hello all,

I know that I speak for everyone when I say that this fall has been super busy for the teams in  our sector. There are important and interesting events going across the country as well as internationally and, of course, there are all the things in the office/shop/yard needing your attention. As you can see by the news articles and procurement opportunities featured in this newsletter, there is a lot going on that we all need to keep an eye on as well. One article describes a study commissioned by the National Maritime Group, a coalition of private sector maritime employers and operators, showing that their members alone contribute $4.3 billion annually to Canada’s GDP, and more than 213,000 jobs. And this is only a portion of the larger industry as the broader marine industries and shipbuilding companies add so much more to these numbers. Things are already significant but from my conversations with many of you of late, I know that there are many exciting things afoot that will continue to enhance and grow the sector.

Please do reach out and connect with us, and if we can’t meet in person, an email or a virtual meeting is also encouraged. We do want to hear from our members about concerns, issues and ideas. And if you are not yet a member, but would like to be, we encourage you to sign up here!

A new and noteworthy service is our Tech Information link on the website and highlighted in our Tech Feature in On Watch. Our members can now share exciting technical developments to highlight their capabilities and to share knowledge with others. We hope you check it out under the News/Resources tab at

If you are reading On Watch for the first time thanks to it being passed along to you, you are welcome to sign up for future editions here –  it’s free and we never share your emails with anyone. We publish our newsletter every two weeks and bring you news, procurement opportunities and features that pertain to our sector. Please take note of our Job Board and a) take advantage of it if your company has an opening and b) send links to friends and family so that we can attract new people into our sector. We all need the help!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



CMISA Spotlight

Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association




We are forgoing our regular Member Spotlight this edition to ask something of all our readers. While attending meetings lately, I have been sharing that we will be asking our members what their needs/wants/interests are vis a vis live, in-person events, developed by CMISA. We will be sending out an email blast to member contacts this week with a fillable PDF that we would ask folks to complete and return but for those non-members who are regular readers of this newsletter and who have an interest in events in the maritime sector in Canada, we would invite your thoughts and comments as well. As they say, we’re all in this together and so the more insights, the better!

There are great events held across Canada already – some days we all think too many! – so we need your ideas and thoughts as to what else is needed, if anything. It’s a quick survey and we have done it on a PDF form instead of an on-line version so that you have loads of flexibility in your responses.

Please take a moment to fill out the form and get it back to us as soon as you can. Like voting, if you don’t participate, your opinion cannot be counted!

Thank you! 


Survey Here




Technical Information

Senasa Ship Lift Operational After Conversion to Grease-Free Solution

The marine railway at the Senasa Shipyard in Mazatlán, Mexico is fully operational following a complete bearing change to Thordon’s grease-free ThorPlas-Blue bearings.


All Technical Info Here


Recent News

The Canadian Coast Guard: Enhancing Offshore Patrol Capability in a More Contested Commons

This policy perspective examines the role of the Canadian Coast Guard in enforcement of contested waters against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing by foreign vessels.

Heddle Shipyards Awarded $135 Million Contract for Life Extension of CCGS Terry Fox

Heddle Shipyards has been awarded a $135.5 million dollar contract for the Vessel Life Extension (VLE) of the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker (CCGS) Terry Fox.  The nearly three-year project will involve an extensive engineering, planning and procurement phase, with shipyard work scheduled to begin in December 2023.

New Barges Bring Exciting Capability to the RCN

A new phase of training for four modular, self-propelled barges, called sea-to-shore connectors, was recently completed. These Canadian-built barges will support the future Joint Support Ships.

‘Political Hot Potato’: Resident of Hay River N.W.T. Urge Dredging in Key Waterway

Dredging of commercial vessel channels by Hay River, N.W.T. is urgently needed to clear the sediment, but no level of government currently carries this responsibility.

Study Highlights Major Impact of Canada’s Maritime Private Sector

The National Maritime Group, a coalition of private sector maritime employers and operators from coast to coast and through the St. Lawrence, today released their national Economic Impact Study, confirming that where ships meet shore, Canada’s private sector maritime employers and operators play a crucial role in the national supply chain.

Davie Redelivers RCN Frigate Following Major Upgrade

Davie Shipbuilding reports that HMCS St. John’s, a City-class frigate, was delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), November 1, after extensive maintenance and modernization work. 

Marine Atlantic Bounces Back from COVID, Plans Hybrid Ferry to Go Green

After a two-year slump in passenger traffic because of COVID-19, Marine Atlantic business rebounded this past summer and  sees Chinese-built ships as part of their future solutions.

Featured Opportunities through the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security Program

Several marine-focussed opportunities to obtain funding through the IDEaS program are available and application deadlines are approaching.

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has been Awarded a Long-Term Contract with the Canadian Coast Guard to Support the Engineering Work

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards have been awarded a Canadian Coast Guard long-term contract to provide engineering support services such as integrated naval architecture and marine/mechanical and electrical engineering services.

New Small Modular Reactor Marine Facility Design Could be Built in Shipyards

Oregon based NuScale Power LLC (NuScale) and Canadian Prodigy Clean Energy Ltd. (Prodigy) have announced a new conceptual design for a transportable and marine-based small modular reactor (SMR) power generating facility which they would like shipyards to build.

The Life Cycle Cost of the Canadian Surface Combatants – A Fiscal Analysis

In response to a request by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimate, the Parliamentary Budget Officer has prepared an independent assessment of the life cycle cost of the Canadian Surface Combatant program, with a total cost estimated at $306.0 billion.

His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Margaret Brooke Commissioned into Service

The Royal Canadian Navy has commissioned into service a second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMCS Margaret Brook.

Kraken Received $0.6 Million Synthetic Aperture Sonar Order for Activities in Canada’s North

Kraken Robotics has received a purchase order from Qikiqtaaluk Corporation for its synthetic aperture sonar which will be integrated to an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle that the Qikiqtaaluk Corporation will use to conduct ghost gear detection operations in the Arctic.

Ultra and UMS SKELDER Awarded IDEaS Contract

Ultra Maritime and UMS SKELDAR have been awarded a 2nd Phase contract under the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program, which will explore the development of a Rotary Wing UAS to provide an Anti-Submarine Warfare sonobuoy dispensing capability, based on the SKELDAR V-200 Uncrewed Aircraft System.

Nova Scotia Team Restoring the ‘Canada Mayflower’ Will Use Trees Downed by Fiona

Work to restore the replica of a ship that brought about 190 settlers from Scotland to Pictou, N.S., in 1773 will be using downed trees that needed removal and could be used for the shipbuilding project.

With COP27 on the Horizon, Shipping Industry Feeling Increased Pressure to Reduce Emissions

MAN Energy Solutions four-storey high test engine using different carbon-neutral and carbon-free fuels may hold the potential to transform the shipping industry and the global supply chains that rely on it.

Canadian Coast Guard adopts hybrid-electric vessel, explores low-carbon fuel options

Canada’s seafaring fleet is exploring multiple ways to reduce its carbon emissions with the Canadian Coast Guard opening bids to construct a hybrid-electric fishery research vessel and testing biodiesel blends to lower emissions in its combustion vessels.

More News Here

We Want Your Input

We encourage readers to submit content for this bi-weekly newsletter On Watch. Content can be as simple as a link to an article of possible interest that has been published somewhere, or preferably, a link to an article with a few words from you 'of value added' or one to a few paragraphs of your comments.

Please, we want your thoughts and perspectives.

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Coming Soon

Maritime Security Challenges 2022

The MSC proceedings are intended to foster dialogue addressing maritime affairs in the Pacific region and around the world. What follows is a description of the topics to be discussed, along with short thematic descriptions designed to spur discussion amongst our panelists and delegates.

Date: November 14-16, 2022

Best Defence Conference 2022

The Best Defence Conference is a premier defence conference and exhibition that provides you with exceptional opportunities to forge strategic partnerships, develop supply chains, and learn of Canadian procurement programs. 

Date: November 16-17, 2022

ExpoNaval 2022

Held every two years since 1998, and then it has become the most important event of its kind in the region, serving as a meeting point between the Latin American Navies and exhibitors of the global defense industry, shipyards, maritime technology, security, telecommunications industries, among others.

Date: November 29-Dec 2, 2022

International WorkBoat Show

A maritime industry tradition attracting 15,000 members of the commercial marine industry. Education, networking and special events developed for commercial marine professionals.

Date: November 30-Dec 2, 2022

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities


Request for Information for Non-Emergency Marine Towing and Tug Services

The RFI closes on November 14, 2022

Request for Proposal for CCGS Des Groseilliers Weathertight Doors

The RFP closes on November 16, 2022

Request for Proposal for Multiple VICTORIA Class Spares – Packing Performed, Unlatching Tool, Handset, Cables, O-rings, Test Set – Radio Beacon

The RFP closes on November 16, 2022

Request for Proposal for French River Boathouse, Wharf and Workshop Construction Project

The RFP closes on November 21, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for Valves

The NPP closes on November 22, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for Naval Engineering Test Establishment (NETE)

The NPP closes on November 25, 2022

Request for Proposal for VICTORIA Class Capstan Spares

The RFP closes on November 25, 2022

New-Request for Proposal for High Speed Cargo Towing Vehicle

The RFP closes on December 1, 2022

New-Request for Proposal for Approvisionnement en équipements nautiques – saison 2023

The RFP closes on December 1, 2022

New-Request for Proposal for High Speed Cargo Towing Vehicle

The RFP closes on December 1, 2022

New-Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly Set, Non-Metallic

The RFP closes on December 5, 2022

New-Notice of Proposed Procurement for Valve, Safety Relief

The NPP closes on December 5, 2022

New-Request for Proposal for Hoist, Chain

The RFP closes on December 12, 2022

New-Notice of Proposed Procurement for Expansion Joint, Pipe

The NPP closes on December 13, 2022

New-Notice of Proposed Procurement for Actuator, Hydraulic-Pneumatic, Linear

The NPP closes on December 13, 2022

New-Request for Information for the Disposal of the Vessel Lynda Hindman

The RFI closes on December 16, 2022

New-Request for Proposal for Elbow Hose

The RFP closes on December 20, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for RFSA – Small Boats

The NPP closes on December 22, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for VICTORIA Class Battery Commissioning Kit & Instrument Spares

The NPP closes on December 16, 2022

New-Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Communication, Electrical and Electronic Equipment Components

The RFP closes on January 23, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Valve, Safety Relief, Switch Box

The RFP closes on March 31, 2023

New-Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

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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