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On Watch Newsletter October 25, 2023 Edition

On Watch October 25, 2023 Edition

October 25, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition October 25,  2023 



  • CMISA Updates
  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Procurement Opportunities
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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch! It’s been a super busy month with a visit to DefSec in Halifax, a combo ABCMI show and MIAC meeting in Vancouver, and an upcoming trip to the AFCDC event in Quebec City in two weeks. It truly is the event season for our sector. As well, we are getting ready to take a group of Canadian companies (with folks from sea to sea!) to the International WorkBoat Show at the end of November. In our next newsletter, I aim to share with everyone what’s going on at WorkBoat this year plus offer a glimpse of what we hope to do in 2024. Of course, please check out the Events page on the website for other upcoming events/webinars and share with us any that we may have missed. Along those lines, instead of a Member Spotlight, this week we are highlighting the upcoming NATO Industry Conference coming up in mid-December.

It's been a while since we have provided a list of our newest members so we will share those who joined this summer today, and the fall new members next week. The following great companies have joined our ranks: Leonardo DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.,  Montreal Bronze Valve Inc.Marine ThinkingMountpark Marine SupplyInvent AI Ltd., Le Groupe Almaco

Lastly, we will be returning to our Member Spotlights next edition and so 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



Event Spotlight

Nato Industry Conference



Special Invitation


Date: Monday, December 11, 2023

Time: 08:30 am – 16:00 pm ET

Location: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl, Ottawa, ON K1A 0M8

Buy your TICKET and be part of the NATO Industry Conference. Organized by the Policy Insights Forum (PIF) in collaboration with its media partner, Canadian Defence Review (CDR), this 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.

This unique event will feature an opening interview with Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General, and Général Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), moderated by Vice-Admiral (Ret'd) Mark Norman. Other key speakers include NATO Innovation Fund Managing Partner Andrea Traversone, NATO DIANA Chairwoman Barbara McQuiston, DRDC Director General and NATO DIANA Canadian Board Member Philippe Hébert, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Partners Thomas Park and Duncan Stewart, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) President Catherine Blewett, along with Business Council of Canada President and CEO Goldy Hyder.

Throughout the Conference, Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from panels featuring leading expert voices from NATO, the Government of Canada, including the Minister of National Defence (invited) and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (invited), the financial community, Industry, and academia on NATO DIANAIndustrial Defence Diplomacy (IDD), innovation funding, and dual-use technologies.

Secure your Individual or Exhibitor tickets now at

For any questions regarding the Conference, you can contact Aliénor Peyrefitte (Executive Office Manager),, (819) 955-1799.

For Media and Corporate Sponsorships, please contact Brett Kitchen (CDR Publisher),, (416) 569-4480.

Website Here





Technical Information

Oily Water Separator-Further Clarifications on Requirements for Sampling Points

This technical news provides further clarifications regarding the oily water separator sampling point referred to in Technical and Regulatory News No. 15/2023.

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Government of Canada Announces Construction of the Canadian Coast Guard’s First-Ever Hybrid Vessel in Gaspé

The contract award was announced for the construction of the new Near-Shore Fishery Vessel, the Canadian Coast Guard’s first-ever diesel-electric hybrid vessel with a Battery Energy Storage System, awarded to Chantier Naval Forillon in Gaspé.

This is BC: A Family Business Had Humble Beginnings Designing Boats

After three generations, a B.C. family business has grown into an international juggernaut in the ship designing industry. A great video showing a bit of the history of Robert Allan, Naval Architects and Engineers.

GNWT Concludes Hay River Harbour Restoration Work for 2023

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has completed work for the 2023 season to dredge an emergency navigable channel in the Hay River Harbour, a critical link in the territory’s transportation network.

Cyber Risk Report Says Shipping Remains ‘Easy Target’, Paying an Average $3.2M in Cyberattacks

New research has found that the maritime industry remains an “easy target” for cybercriminals, and that the cost of attacks and demand for ransom payments across the sector have skyrocketed over the past 12 months.

LOGISTEC Sold to U.S. Investment Firms

Montreal’s LOGISTEC Corporation, a crown jewel of Canada’s maritime industry founded by prominent Quebec entrepreneur Roger Paquin in 1952, is being sold for approximately $1.2 billion to U.S. investment firms Blue Wolf Capital Partners and Stonepeak.

Ferry Tale: How Cable Ferries Became a Way of Life in Southern N.B.

Ferries dictate the pace of life in New Brunswick for hundreds of thousands of people, but few realize that the underwater cable ferry is a local New Brunswick invention.

Ontario Government Unveils First-Ever Marine Transportation Strategy

The Ontario government released The Future of the Great Lakes Economy: Ontario’s Marine Transportation Strategy, outlining actions the province will take to strengthen Ontario’s position as a leader in marine transportation. Part of the government’s plan to build Ontario, the strategy will create more jobs, trade and economic opportunities for the future.

NATO Defence Ministers Launch Initiative to Enhance Maritime Surveillance Capabilities

On 12 October 2023 NATO Defence Ministers and the Swedish Defence Minister endorsed the Digital Ocean Vision, a pioneering initiative to enhance NATO’s maritime situational awareness from seabed to space. The Digital Ocean initiative will transform Allied maritime domain awareness by enhancing coordination between national and Allied capabilities employed for maritime surveillance.

Maritime Single Window (MSW) Mandatory as from 2024

In 2022, the IMO's Facilitation Committee adopted amendments to the Annex to the Facilitation (FAL) Convention which will make the single window for data exchange mandatory in ports around the world, marking a significant step in the acceleration of digitalization in shipping. They enter into force on 1 January 2024.

The IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business

The IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business (IMO Compendium) is a reference model which aims to harmonize the semantics and format for all information in the maritime domain relevant to the IMO.  The IMO data set and reference model ensures that IT systems from different stakeholders can exchange data with shared meaning, supports harmonization of MSWs, port call optimization and not least will facilitate the development of green and digital corridors.     

SS Norisle Taken from Manitoulin Island to be Recycled

The SS Norisle, a predecessor to the MS Chi-Cheemaun on the ferry route between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island, is on its way to being scrapped.

Newer Engines are Emitting More Air Pollution than Older Engines, Study Claims

A new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found newer Tier II engines have significantly higher nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission rates than older Tier I engines.

St. Lawrence Seaway Shut Down as Workers Go on Strike

The St. Lawrence Seaway has shut down as hundreds of workers walked off the job Sunday. The halt is expected to affect cargo shipments immediately along the artery that runs between Montreal and Lake Erie.

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

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

2nd Annual Quebec Shipbuilding Supply Chain Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Quebec Shipbuilding Supply Chain attracts experts from all sectors of the industry, as well as prime contractors and major suppliers in the field. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and dialogue with a captive audience of senior government officials, international delegations and key decision-makers in the Quebec and Canadian shipbuilding industry.

Date: November 6-7, 2023

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

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities

Request for Proposal for Radio Communication Equipment

The RFP closes on October 25, 2023

Request for Proposal for Engineering Services for Submarine Water Line Replacement

The RFP closes on October 26, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Inflatable Boats

The RFP closes on October 30, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Radar Set

The RFP closes on October 31, 2023

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

The RFP closes on October 31, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Outboard Motors

The RFP closes on November 1, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Salish Sea Plankton Survey – Multi-Day Vessel Charter

The RFP closes on November 6, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 8, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 10, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Lighting and Components HFX Class

The RFP closes on November 17, 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

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

The RFP closes on November 21, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 21, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Cylinders and Parts Kits

The RFP closes on November 24, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 27, 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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