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On Watch Newsletter October 26, 2022 Edition

On Watch October 26, 2022 Edition

October 26, 2022

On Watch Newsletter Edition October 26, 2022 



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From Colin's Desk 

Colin Cooke


Hello all,

While we enjoy this glorious Canadian fall weather (at least in beautiful sunny Ottawa), it’s also a very busy time for many of us, both at the office as well as travel-related.  I myself am in conference mode and hope to speak to as many of our members as possible. This is a key priority for our organization, after the many months of pandemic-related isolation. 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. In particular, watch for our forthcoming questionnaire about CMISA-led events coming to your inbox by the end of the month – it is critical that we get your input on the issue. And if you are not yet a member, but would like to be, we encourage you to sign up here!

This edition features globally connected tool services company Hilti’s Patti DeVincenzi, who clearly articulates the excitement and opportunities afforded to the supply chain by the National Shipbuilding Strategy vessels. Her sense of pride at working on some of Canada’s largest, most complex shipbuilding projects is one that we have seen shared by many of our members. Hilti is another member that employs a diverse set of employees that mirror the communities around them, and that see diversity as essential to creative solutions for future problems that we must tackle.

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

Hilti (Canada) Corporation








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Hilti is a family-owned global company that designs and manufactures high-quality tools, fastening systems, software, and services for the construction, building maintenance, energy, and manufacturing industries. Founded in 1941 in Liechtenstein by Martin and Eugen Hilti, the company has grown from small roots into a multi-national business with over 32,000 employees in over 120 countries. Hilti ensures quality and leading-edge innovation by operating its plants, research and development centres, logistics, and repair centres worldwide. With a team of almost 1000 in Canada, Hilti can support customers nationwide with a direct ‘go to market’ approach.

Hilti supports Canada’s shipbuilding sector by providing owners, contractors, and engineering firms who work on Canada’s Coast Guard and Navy vessels with services that are suited to each customer’s and vessel’s specific needs. Hilti’s modular outfitting systems have enhanced the designing and building of ships. Their services go beyond being a parts supplier, as they work with clients from modeling and design to pre-assembly and logistical services. Hilti’s systems can outfit an entire vessel with modular infrastructure and build significant efficiencies in design and production processes. For example, their teams worked on a pipe tunnel for a recent vessel, decreasing engineering and production time, and significantly reducing the amount of welding required with its modular flexible support system. This installation system decreases a vessel’s carbon footprint, increases safety and reduces costs as it lowers the vessel’s weight and eliminates welding requirements.

Patti DeVincenzi, Hilti Canada’s E&I Segment Head for Shipbuilding, explains that Hilti is at the forefront of a movement to build ships differently in Canada. “Since the last round of significant shipbuilding decades ago, we have added new systems and digitization that have been developed around the industry. Outfitting a vessel, particularly with modular systems, requires a new, more collaborative, and flexible way of working with all partners and yards. There is a lot more consultation and customization required on these complex, unique projects.”

At the same time, there is also a need to maintain some of what is already there. As Patti puts it, “Hilti products are made to last. There is an emphasis on keeping and appreciating what we have while having the courage to see, create and provide the market with new value-added innovations that will improve their overall profitability. This is a more sustainable way of working in an environment where we strive towards a more circular economy. Even when a tool is no longer necessary on a project, we ensure our products are recycled or donated. For example, in Canada, we are proud to have provided schools in indigenous and remote communities with tools and training to support greater inclusion in Canada’s diverse and growing workforce.”

This mixture of old and new is something that Patti is seeing in the current workforce as well, where the expertise and experience of the “old guard” add to the newer employees who bring in digital and technological skills, as well as the lived experience of a wide variety of diverse backgrounds. Hilti fosters a culture of inclusivity at every level of the organization. Patti describes the work environment as fast-paced, challenging and supportive, with the desire to help build a better future inspiring everyone in the company. From the multicultural city of Vancouver, Patti sees Hilti’s diversity and inclusiveness mirroring that of Canadian society, which speaks volumes to how much the company values the benefits of a diverse workforce. Hilti believes that an inclusive work environment retains and fosters talent.

As Hilti makes inroads in Canadian shipbuilding, the company is planning a long-term strategy for the future to help improve the way work is done, lessen the impact on the environment, and support communities. Patti is very excited to support the National Shipbuilding Strategy in Canada; as she describes it, “It’s been an inspiring and exciting experience being involved in this amazing and growing industry. Being involved in the process, however small, of bringing a successful shipbuilding industry back to Canada is part of the reason I come to work every day. It leaves us all the better as businesses and Canadians.”

Being a member of the Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association is also very important for Hilti; as Patti says, “Being part of a group like this shows that we’ve arrived successfully within this market in Canada. It’s a prestigious place to be, and we value our place within it. It means a lot to us to create something for our clients and Canadian that they can be proud of and will last for decades to come.” 


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Recent News

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Vincent Massey Joins the Icebreaker Fleet

Chantier Davie has delivered the icebreaker Vincent Massey to the Canadian Coast Guard, where the ship will join the fleet of medium icebreakers that serve to keep Eastern Canada’s waterways open and safe throughout the winter months.

Fiona Funds: Ottawa Earmarks $100 Million for Lost Fishing Gear, Repair to Harbours

The federal government is allocating $100 million from its Hurricane Fiona und for the recovery of lost fishing gear and the repair to small-craft harbours across Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec.

The Navy’s DDG(X) Destroyer: We have a Price Problem

 As the author states, ‘the views voiced here are his alone’ but they are worth the read. In it, he explores the trade-off between the known costs of existing tech and the estimated costs of cutting-edge solutions.

Teck Resources to Deploy Two Electric Tugboats

Teck Resources Limited has announced an agreement to deploy two electric tug boats at Neptune Terminal in Vancouver, which will mark the first electric tugs operating in Canada as a full tugboat package for harbour assist and tug services.

MV Holiday Island to be Scrapped Due to Major Fire Damage

Transport Canada has issued an RFP for Disposal following the MV Holiday’s fire this past July as the vessel is beyond repair.

Canadian Surface Combatant Ship to See Design Review Within Weeks: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is planning to complete the preliminary design review for the Canadian Surface Combatant by year end.

Vancouver to Welcome First Electra 2300-SX

SAAM Towage Canada has signed a construction contract with SANMAR Shipyards to add two new state-of-the-art battery electric tugs to their operations right in Robert Allan Ltd’s back yard.

‘A Great Ship For Us’: Outgoing BC Ferries Vessel listed for Sale

BC Ferries is offering the rare opportunity to purchase one of its outgoing vessels as the company ushers in two-ship service.

Coast Guard Ship Stuck on Sandbar in Hay River Harbour

A Canadian Coast Guard ship is the latest this season to get stuck on a sandbar in the harbour near Hay River, N.W.T., amidst calls to dredge the sandbar, as Hay River is a hub for CCG operations and shipping further north.

Irving Shipbuilding, Founding Partner of COVE, Renews Funding

Irving Shipbuilding will invest $4.4 million into the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship over the next five years to support the commercialization of high-tech innovation for the sustainable use of the ocean.

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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 Electrical Work on the CCGS Des Groseilliers

The RFP closes on October 26, 2022

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 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 CCGS Gordon Reid – Drydocking & Refit

The RFP closes on November 8, 2022

NEW-Request for Proposal for CCGS Des Groseilliers Weathertight Doors

The RFP closes on November 9, 2022

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

The RFI closes on November 14, 2022

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

The RFP closes on November 15, 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

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

The NPP closes on November 18, 2022

NEW-Notice of Proposed Procurement for Valves

The NPP closes on November 22, 2022

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

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

The NPP closes on December 16, 2022

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

The RFP closes on March 31, 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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