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On Watch Newsletter October 11, 2023 Edition

On Watch October 11, 2023 Edition

October 11, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition October 11,  2023 



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

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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! I was pleased to attend a very successful – and super busy - DEFSEC Atlantic 2023, where I had a chance to chat with many members and subscribers and hear what you are all up to. All this with spectacular summer-like weather while we were in Halifax! I will be arranging follow-ups, and if you would like a call to see how we can best meet your needs, please do reach out. It’s a busy season for events, and with everyone going in different directions, keep an eye on our Events pages on the CMISA website as we do our best to keep track of as many as possible.

We’ve got a jam-packed news section this edition as always but given that we were all travelling last week, it appears to our eyes to be a tad light on CanCon. Please do feel free to send us your news as things come up so that we can highlight it and share it with the rest of the country. And if any members are interested in a Member Spotlight, with its 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

Kongsberg Maritime



Photo of Aileen Kehoe courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime.

Kongsberg Maritime is a large multinational company headquartered in Norway that offers a wide variety of products, systems and services for all kinds of marine vessels. A technology pioneer, Kongsberg’s Canadian subsidiary brings global experience to all aspects of ship design and specialized marine products ranging from propulsion systems to automation.

Aileen Kehoe, Vice President of Sales, Special Vessels, an engineer with over 20 years of experience in the marine & aerospace sectors, is very excited to be working with Kongsberg in Canada during this upsurge in shipbuilding in our country. She feels that Kongsberg is able to bring some of the innovations that are happening in Norway to Canada. Kongsberg is supporting the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) program, and Aileen feels that Kongsberg is well-placed to work on CSC because of the company’s experience working on the BAE Type 26 vessel, the basis for CSC.

CSC is a long-term project in Canada and will keep many suppliers such as Kongsberg busy for decades. At the same time, Aileen feels that there is so much opportunity for Kongsberg with the emerging shift to green technology such as better fuels, and to autonomous shipping, which began in Norway. The company works globally on a more sustainable future for our oceans and offers many zero-emission integrated technologies in the maritime industry.

Aileen appreciates the engaging work at Kongsberg, especially with the progressive approaches to technology that are brought in from Norway. Kongsberg offers a very supportive work environment and actively works with universities to bring cutting-edge ideas. As Aileen remarks, Kongsberg places a lot of value on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is particularly supportive of women. There are company events and get togethers so that women can support each other. In a world where women like Aileen had to “get used to being the only woman in the room, where you had to learn to speak up to be heard”, this is a welcome change that Kongsberg is championing. Aileen also enjoys the additional networking and outreach that CMISA offers. The changes in shipbuilding in Canada are evident to Aileen, and she feels that innovative companies who offer more sustainable solutions have bright futures here.

Website Here





Technical Information

IMO CCC9: Work on Interim Guidelines for Ammonia and Hydrogen as Fuel

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

WorkBoat tours the City of Portland IV fireboat

Have a look at a new fireboat designed by Robert Allen in BC, built by AF Theriault in NS, and delivered to the City of Portland Maine.

Ten RAstar 3200-W ASD Tugs to be Built for the Suez Canal Authority

Robert Allan Ltd. has been awarded a new contract with South Red Sea Shipyard in Egypt for the design of 10RAstar 3200-W ASD tugs to be built for the Suez Canal Authority.

VARD and Chartwell Marine Join Forces to Deliver Revolutionary Offshore Wind Vessel

Chartwell Marine, a UK pioneer of next-generation vessel design, announces its partnership with VARD, one of the world’s leading designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, to introduce the Midi-SOV: a revolutionary 55-metre offshore wind craft.

Northrop Grumman to Develop New Guided Ammunition for the US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) a development contract for the company’s newly designed 57mm guided high explosive ammunition. Designated for use with the Mk110 Naval Gun Mount, the company will test and mature the munition for qualification. 

Two Collegians Receive Robert Allan Memorial Scholarships

The trustees of the Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship Trust and Robert Allan Ltd. have announced the award of two scholarships for the 2023/2024 academic year. Awards have been made to Samuel Shanks of Port Alberni, British Columbia, and Zachary Greenham of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Glas Ocean Wins US Defense Contract

Halifax-based Glas Ocean Electric, which is developing technology to electrify boats and optimize their energy performance, has won a contract from the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security 2021-2022 Annual Report

Since launching in April 2018, IDEaS has been working with Canadian innovators to develop the S&T landscape, and is helping turn innovative thinking into tangible solutions for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF), as well as Canadians.

Hundreds of Derelict Vessels Removed from Canadian Waters, Coast Guard Says

The coast guard's list of wrecks now has nearly 1,500 entries, roughly two thirds of which are in British Columbia.

Where Some of the Equipment we Make/Maintain is Being Used

The Canadian Armed Forces Current Operations Map shows the operations conducted in Canadian and global waters.

The 4 Billion Pieces of Paper Keeping Global Trade Afloat

Digitization of paper document used in global trade will help prevent fraud. To address that, the UK passed the Electronic Trade Documents Act in July which enshrines digital documents with the same legal powers as paper ones. The next challenge will be getting companies to change processes that have been in place for hundreds of years.

NATO Floats Idea for Mission Module Approach to Delivering Seabed Warfare Capability

Within discussions concerning critical underwater infrastructure (CUI) security and wider seabed warfare operations, NATO officials have raised the idea of whether alliance member states could take a modular approach to capability development for CUI security by creating containerised mission module packages, using uncrewed systems, for deployment at sea.

Federal Government Looking to Cut $1 Billion from National Defence Budget

We are all aware of the challenges facing National Defence (DND) with the budget cuts issue but we noted the comment toward the end of this article stating that postponing planned equipment spending might be a result.

UNCTAD Calls for Bold Transition to Decarbonize Shipping

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has called for a “just and equitable transition” to a decarbonized shipping industry in its Review of Maritime Transport 2023 launched ahead of World Maritime Day on September 28. The agency highlights the pressing need for cleaner fuels, digital solutions and an equitable transition to combat continued carbon emissions and regulatory uncertainty in the shipping industry.

Aker Arctic Provides Ice Expertise for Canadian Polar Icebreakers

The Canadian Polar Icebreaker project, originally initiated in 2012, resumed two years ago. Aker Arctic has continued to provide its expertise in Arctic ship design to ensure the vessel meets the latest technical developments in icebreaking.

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

ABCMI's Annual Business Opportunities Conference and Trade Show

Attend the annual West Coast Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show.

Date: October 17-18, 2023


CWB Welding Foundation and the CWB Group are pleased to invite everyone to the 2023 CanWeld Conference. This year's theme will increase the visibility of Canada's manufacturing heartland region and highlight the automation, shipbuilding and metal fabrication industries. Delegates attending the conference come from various industries, including mining, oil and gas, pipelines, power generation, petrochemical, fabrication and construction, manufacturing, steel and shipbuilding, pulp and paper and others.

Date: October 18-19, 2023

Deep Blue Forum 2023

As a maritime nation surrounded by three oceans, Canada’s defence and ability to operate in the underwater domain, including the Arctic, is vital and of utmost national strategic interest. Deep Blue Forum provides government, military and industry with a platform to learn about new trends, discuss emerging and disruptive technology and forecast new developments in the underwater domain. Deep Blue is more than a submarine event, it is about operation in the underwater domain in the Arctic and in Canada's coastal and maritime regions.

Date: November 2, 2023

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Safety Belt and Indicator Light HFX Class

The RFP closes on October 13, 2023

Request for Proposal for Cable, Special Purpose

The RFP closes on October 13, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Backshell, Electrical Connector

The RFP closes on October 16, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Boat Trailer for Zodiac Hurricane MK3

The RFP closes on October 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Neocaligus – Drydocking and Refit

The RFP closes on October 18, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Judy LaMarsh Conversion, Drydocking

The RFP closes on October 20, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Radio Communication Equipment

The RFP closes on October 25, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Supply and Deliver Aluminum V-Hull Boat with Trailer and 4-Stroke Outboard Jet Drive

The RFP closes on October 26, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Engineering Services for Submarine Water Line Replacement

The RFP closes on October 26, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Griffon – Vessel Life Extension (VLE)

The RFP closes on November 8, 2023

Request for Proposal for Sir John Franklin Alongside Refit

The RFP closes on October 20, 2023

Request for Proposal for Victoria-Class Spares – Sleeve Assembly

The RFP closes on October 23, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Components, Hardware and Abrasives

The RFP closes on October 31, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 10, 2023

Request for Proposal for Disposal of 25 Vessels at Campobello Island

The RFP closes on November 23, 2023

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

The RFP closes on December 18, 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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