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On Watch Newsletter October 12, 2022 Edition

On Watch October 12, 2022 Edition

October 12, 2022

On Watch Newsletter Edition October 12, 2022 



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


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From Colin's Desk 

Colin Cooke


Hello all,

It was wonderful to attend DefSec in Halifax in-person last week, and to meet many of our members and colleagues face to face once again. It was a very busy conference and if we didn’t get a chance to chat, please follow up with us directly and we’ll find a time to connect.

We are pleased to resume our Member Spotlights this edition, featuring Barnacle Systems’ Cassidy Quaite, Senior Full Stack Developer. Barnacle is a Canadian company providing reliable boat monitoring and security systems perfectly suited to the often-remote marine environments that ships find themselves in so much of the time. It’s a real pleasure for us to feature accomplished women in the marine sector like Cassidy, and to focus on how deep and varied the companies in the Canadian sector are. As our membership grows, it’s becoming increasingly obvious how strong and diverse the companies are that make up our Canadian shipbuilding and marine sector.

You will notice that the new government procurement portal, CanadaBuys, is now online. This is the official source for tender and award notices for the Government of Canada and the broader Canadian public sector and we post links to marine sector opportunities in our newsletter below. The portal is now fully up and running, and opportunities at all levels of government are shared there. The previous portal only posted federal government opportunities, so this is truly a one-stop shop for public sector procurement.

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



Member Spotlight

Barnacle Systems Inc.









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Barnacle Systems Inc is a Victoria, BC-based tech company that specializes in boat monitoring and security. This small, Canadian company builds its own proprietary software, hardware and firmware in house, and provides products suited for industrial, recreational, and military vessels to customers in over 40 countries around the world. In Canada, Barnacle Systems services the Canadian Coast Guard and plays an important role in the marine sector’s in-service support programs.

What makes the BRNKL line of products unique, according to Cassidy Quaite, Senior Full Stack Developer, is that they are innovative, reliable and meet customer expectations. Finding reliable monitoring and security products can be challenging for boat owners, and Barnacle combines both into an impactful product. “We have made quite a name for ourselves,” explains Cassidy, “and what we offer is peace of mind, which is so vital at sea and in harbours around the world.”  

All of Barnacle’s product development, assembly and testing is done in-house in Canada. The company was developed and expanded privately through the investments of the owners, so the entire product lifecycle can be controlled directly through Barnacle.  

Although small, Barnacle punches above its weight and, according to Cassidy, is a great place to work. The team is a diverse and inclusive one, and Cassidy feels that her work is greatly valued, despite the few women in the marine sector. Having studied math and chemistry, Cassidy ventured into high tech and found her passion in software development. When the owner of Barnacle reached out to her, she realized that she would be able to lend her skills and enthusiasm for technology to working on “very cool products in a cool industry.”  

Given her love of water, the fit at Barnacle is perfect for Cassidy, and she is able to help propel the company forward as more vessels of a greater variety are now turning to technology solutions. Compared to some other sectors, the marine sector has lagged behind in its adoption of technology but is now quickly catching up. Barnacle is riding the wave and has a bright future, according to Cassidy. Being part of the Canadian Marine Industry and Shipbuilding Association is an important way to network and meet people in the industry. For companies that thrive on innovation like Barnacle, collaborating and working with like-minded companies is essential for future growth. 


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Recent News


Bureau Veritas Lays Out Well-to-Wake Approach to Alternative Fuels

Bureau Veritas has launched a detailed outlook on future maritime fuels in a new white paper, which calls for a ‘well-to-wake’ (WtW) approach to assessing the climate impact and sustainability of alternative fuels.

Ocean Startup Challenge Launches Cohort

The Ocean Startup Challenge, which offers idea- and early-stage bluetech startups up to $40,000 each, as well as specialized training, mentorship, networking and events, has revealed the 60-company shortlist for its third iteration.

IDEaS Annual Report 2020-2021

In its third year, the Department of National Defence’s Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program has had positive results and is now in a position to offer solutions to DND/CAF, with over 58 challenges issued to date and over $185 million issued in funding.

New Study of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel for the Canadian Arctic

A detailed study by the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, VARD Marine and Clear Seas with support from Transport Canada’s Innovation Centre, investigated the feasibility, benefits and risks of natural gas to replace some or all of the current diesel and heavy fuel oil used in the Canadian Arctic.

Chinese Launch Assault Craft from Civilian Car Ferries in Mass Amphibious Invasion Drill

The Chinese military held a major exercise to prove how their navy could use large civilian ferries to launch a massive amphibious invasion of Taiwan.

Navy Commander Defends Need for 15 Warships as Ottawa Reassesses Costs

The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy is admitting to some worries that the navy’s ability to operate with only 12 frigates in recent years could be used to justify permanently shrinking the size of Canada’s maritime fleet.

EverWind, Svitzer to Deploy 1st Green Fuel-Powered Tugs in Canso Strait

Nova Scotia-based EverWind Fuels has signed an MOU with Svitzer and part of A.P. Moller-Maersk to deploy one of the world’s first green fuel-powered commercial tug vessels in the Canso Strait in Nova Scotia.

Ultra to Provide Hull-Mounted Sonar for Canadian Surface Combatant

Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc has secured an initial three-ship set production order from Lockheed Martin Canada for the supply of hull-mounted sonars for the Canadian surface combatant ship.

GSTS Awarded Contract to Advance AI-based Service to Predict and Optimize Availability of Military Systems

Global Spatial Technology Solutions has been awarded a contract under Canada’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security program to advance their AI predictive analysis capability to optimize the availability of resources and increase the operational readiness of military systems such as ships, submarines and aircraft.

Ocean Group Continues its Momentum by Acquiring Chantier Maritime Verreault

Ocean Group has enhanced its expertise and capacity by acquiring Gaspé-based Chantier Maritime Verreault.

CCG Announces Important Steps to Reduce Emissions

The Canadian Coast Guard is starting a biodiesel testing project and the launch of the next phase in the construction of the Government of Canada’s first hybrid electric vessel.

New Coast Guard Icebreaker Named CCGS Judy LaMarsh

The CCG’s new light icebreaker has been named after Canada’s first female federal Cabinet Minister, the Honourable Judy LaMarsh.

A Year Later, New Ferries for Wolfe, Amherst Islands Remain at Dock

European ferries still aren’t in service for Wolfe and Amherst Islands in Ontario.

Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress. October 7, 2022

Extensive regular update for US Congress on Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding plans. Lots of interesting items in this lengthy doc and especially in the Appendixes. One notable item we could be exploring here in Canada is a Best Value Evaluation instead of Lowest Cost approach to shipbuilding.

Discovering the Largest Shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence River

For three centuries, the St. Lawrence River has challenged maritime navigators and there are several thousand shipwrecks below the surface, including three large wrecks examined in detail.

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Coming Soon


Symposium 2022

The Symposium on the Canadian Defence and Security Market, an initiative of Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) organized in partnership with STIQ and Aéro Montréal, is back for a 7th edition, at the Hotel Mortagne ( Boucherville).

Date: October 26, 2022

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

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

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Current Procurement Opportunities


Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Accumulator, Hydraulic, Bushing, Nonmetallic, Bolt, Machine, Blanking Cover, Bolt, Shear

The RFP closes on October 12, 2022

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Inhibitors, Tube Sub-Assembly, Switches, Coils and Microphones

The RFP closes on October 12, 2022

NEW- Invitation to Qualify for Floating Dock Replacement – Dauphin River,MB

The ITQ closes on October 14, 2022

Request for Proposal for Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle

The RFP closes on October 14, 2022

NEWRequest for Proposal for the CCGS Goddard – Drydocking and Refit

The RFP closes on October 14, 2022

Request for Proposal for Valve, Regulating, System Pressure

The RFP closes on October 17, 2022

NEWInvitation to Qualify for Rushbrook Harbour Mooring Pile Repair

The ITQ closes on October 18, 2022

NEWInvitation to Qualify Floating Wharves Construction and Installation, Cribbon’s Pt., NS

The ITQ closes on October 18, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for CCGS Neocaligus – Dry Docking

The NPP closes on October 18, 2022

Letter of Interest / Request for Information for Mooring Hardware and Anchors

The LOI/RFI closes on October 18, 2022

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Valve, Washer, Cable assembly, Cowl Diesel Exhaust, Adaptor, Seal Plane

The RFP closes on October 19, 2022

Request for Proposal for Victoria-Class Spares – Submariner Life-Saving Suit and Mounts

The RFP closes on October 19, 2022

Request for Proposal for Victoria-Class Spares for Refrigeration and Chilled Water Systems

The RFP closes on October 19, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for Heating, Ventilation, Air Condition

The NPP closes on October 19, 2022

Request for Proposal for Two Watercrafts and One Double Trailer

The RFP closes on October 24, 2022

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Washer, Flat, Valve, Pilot and Fil, Parts Kit, Fluid Pressure Filter, O-Ring

The RFP closed on October 24,2022

NEW- Request for Proposal for Heavy Equipment Supply, Diving and Waste Disposal –Maaqtusiis Harbour, Ahousat, BC

The RFP closes on October 25, 2022

NEW- Request for Proposal for a Rescue Boat

The RFP closes on October 25, 2022

NEW- Request for Proposal for Electrical Work on the CCGS Des Groseilliers

The RFP closes on October 26, 2022

NEW- Request for Proposal for a Life Raft, Inflatable

The RFP closes on October 27, 2022

Request for Proposal for 5 Gangways for the MSPV Class

The RFP closes on October 28, 2022

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

The RFP closes on October 31, 2022

Request for Proposal for Demonstration of Marine Zero Emission Propulsion Systems (for vessels greater than 15 GT)

The RFP closes on October 31, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for In Water Vessel Cleaning

The NPP closes on November 1, 2022

Request for Proposal for CCGS Vector – Dry Docking and Refit

The RFP closes on November 2, 2022

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares –Pin, Groove, Headed, Pin, Ram Follower LI, Pin, Straight, Headed

The RFP closes on November 7, 2022

NEW- 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

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

The NPP closes on November 18, 2022

NEW- Request for Proposal for VICTORIA Class Capstan Spares

The RFP closes on November 25, 2022

Notice of Proposed Procurement for RFSA – Small Boats

The NPP closes on December 22, 2022

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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