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On Watch Newsletter September 13, 2023 Edition

On Watch September 13, 2023 Edition

September 13, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition September 13,  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! With the Labour Day long weekend behind us, it’s time to ramp up for all those fall projects, courses and events that are looming on your calendars. Note that we try to capture as many relevant events as possible so please check out our Events page regularly as we post there all the time and only showcase a small number in our newsletters. Of special mention is a series of CyberMonth virtual events in October hosted by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security and the overall program should be a must-view for many on your teams.

We are developing more member spotlights to share with you this fall, but today we are excited to showcase our four new board members. As many of you know, we increased the maximum size of our board at our last AGM and so for the first time ever we will have 9 companies represented on our BoD. We will be returning to our Member Spotlight again in two weeks. If you are a member and would like to be highlighted in a special feature, please do reach out and we will arrange it. 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 late summer edition and do send any suggestions you may have our way.


All the best to everyone!

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



CMISA In the Spotlight

Board of Directors Update





Alan Novotny, Wärtsilä Canada

CMISA is delighted that Alan Novotny has been elected to our Board of Directors. As Wärtsilä Canada's Business Development Manager, Alan is focused on the company’s federal government projects. Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. The company has a broad portfolio of marine technology including engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technologies, data and digital tools, liquid and gas handling on vessels and integrated power train systems. Alan developed his passion for the Marine industry starting early in his career with small gas and diesel engines for the pleasure craft and commercial fishing fleet to today’s large projects such as the generator set replacements on the Halifax class frigates and other current large vessel projects. He is keenly interested in helping decarbonise the marine industry and is looking forward to working with CMISA members navigating this shift. We are sure that Alan will make valuable contributions to our Association in his new role as a member of the Board of Directors.

Bruce Cutler, Adaptive Marine Solutions

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Bruce Cutler is joining CMISA’s Board of Directors. As President and co-founder of Adaptive Marine Solutions, Bruce brings over 25 years’ experience in the ship building industry, ranging from conceptual design to ship maintenance and surveying, in both Canada and the United States. Adaptive Marine Solutions Inc. is a 100% Canadian owned and operated Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering design firm with offices in Ottawa, Ontario and St. John’s, Newfoundland and remote resources distributed throughout Canada. Bruce is passionate about ensuring shipbuilding in Canada thrives and believes that innovating, adapting and mentoring are key components in maintaining success in the Canadian shipbuilding industry. Through his role on CMISA’s Board of Directors, he will help the Association promote and protect Canadian design firms while at the same time ensure shipyards get the support they require in order to be successful. We welcome Bruce to the Board and look forward to his contributions.

Luke Joyce, Genoa Design International Ltd.

We are thrilled to announce that Luke Joyce has joined the CMISA Board of Directors. A seasoned marketing and communications professional in both public and private sectors, Luke is Genoa Design International Ltd.'s Director of Marketing. Genoa Design International is one of the most sought after production design firms in the North American shipbuilding market and has been providing production design and 3D modeling services to shipbuilding and offshore industries since 1995. Newfoundland-based, Luke’s significant government and commercial experience will help CMISA position itself as a driving force in Canada’s growing shipbuilding sector. We are so pleased to welcome Luke to our Board of Directors.

Ted Kirkpatrick, Heddle Shipyards

We are delighted to welcome Ted Kirkpatrick to the CMISA Board of Directors. As Director of Business Development and Government Relations for Heddle Shipyards, Ted is responsible for developing Heddle’s position in the marketplace as well as managing client and government relationships. Heddle Shipyards is the largest Canadian Ship repair and construction company on the Great Lakes operating three large shipyards in Hamilton, St. Catharine’s, and Thunder Bay. Ted comes to Heddle Shipyards from the commercial shipping industry and has served as both a Captain and Navigation officer throughout the Great Lakes, East Coast and Canadian Arctic. With deep connections in the Canadian commercial shipping industry, Ted brings a vessel operator’s understanding to business relationships. We thank Ted for continuing to contribute to our sector by joining the Board of Directors.


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Technical Information

Cyber Month

Cyber Security Awareness Month (Cyber Month) is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to help the public learn more about the importance of cyber security. The campaign helps Canadians stay secure online by teaching them simple steps to protect themselves and their devices.

The theme for Cyber Security Awareness Month 2023 is Step up your cyber fitness. It’s all about stretching your cyber security muscles and taking things one step at a time! Cyber security is a shared responsibility, so join us and other organizations across Canada in promoting cyber security by participating in Cyber Month.

Cyber Security Awareness Month Resources

Week 1: Warmup Week

Week 2: Account Workout

Week 3: Learning Self-Defence

Week 4: Maintaining Muscle

Week 5: Strength in Numbers

All Technical Info Here


Recent News

Canadian Coast Guard Welcomes the CCGS Gabarus Bay into Service

The Canadian Coast Guard has officially welcomed the CCGS Gabarus Bay to its fleet at the Lifeboat Station in Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador. This high-endurance search and rescue vessel is designed, equipped and crewed to respond to mariners needing assistance at sea.

Shipping Will Need a Third of World’s Carbon Neutral Fuel by 2030

According to the latest edition of DNV’s Maritime Forecast to 2050, the shipping industry will find it challenging to secure enough supply of carbon-neutral fuels. To meet the anticipated demand of 17 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) annually by 2030, the maritime sector would need to access 30-40% of the projected worldwide carbon-neutral fuel supply.

Report Underlines Growing Gap in Vessels to Support Offshore Energy Industry

A new market analysis from New York-based Intelatus Global Partners highlights the shortage of suitable vessels to support the offshore energy industry, especially the needs of the emerging floating offshore wind sector. Intelatus estimates that capital expenditure within this sector will require more than $250 billion by 2035. But the build out could be challenged by the lack of vessels able to service the sector. 

Halifax-Class Frigate: The Pride of the Royal Canadian Navy

A video investigates the Halifax-Class frigate, the Canadian surface combatant that has served our country so well for 30 years.

Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

This report provides background information and issues for Congress on shipboard solid state lasers (SSLs) that the Navy is developing for surface-ship self-defense.  The Royal Navy has also recently announced initiatives on this technology.

CARM: CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management Project

The CARM project is a multi-year digital initiative that will change how duties and taxes for commercial goods imported into Canada are collected. Through CARM, the CBSA will modernize and streamline the accounting process for imported commercial goods.

CMCF and Canadian Geographic Education Announce Marine Month in Canada in October

The Canadian Marine Careers Foundation, in partnership with Canadian Geographic Education, announces the launch of Marine Month in Canada, a ground-breaking initiative designed to illuminate the career pathways within Canada’s marine sector. Throughout October 2023, this month-long celebration will immerse youth in marine education, awareness, and career pathways as students connect directly with marine industry experts nationwide. 

Canada Receives Fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

The Royal Canadian Navy has received its fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMCS William Hall, from Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding.

ABS Grants AiP for World’s First Carbon Emission-Free LNG Carrier Design

Maritime classification society ABS has issued an approval in principle (AIP) to Hanwha Ocean for its design of a liquified natural gas (LNG) carrier equipped with an ammonia-fueled gas turbine.

IMO Praised for Leapfrogging Others with New Green Targets

Long castigated for its slowness to adopt green targets, the shipping body of the United Nations (UN) today has received some glowing praise for suddenly leapfrogging most regulatory and industry bodies in stipulating a pathway for shipping’s decarbonisation. 

Capital and EPS Sign Orders for Giant Ammonia Carriers

With seaborne carriage of ammonia cargoes predicted to soar, HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering has booked orders to build the world’s first four next-generation 88,000 cubic meter eco-friendly very large ammonia carriers (VLACs). 

World’s First AI-Based Engine Automation System

South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries has taken the use of artificial intelligence in shipping another step forward by delivering the world’s first ship equipped with an AI-based engine automation system. The vessel is a 180,000-ton, LNG-powered bulk carrier delivered to H-Line.

Looking Forward from the Past

This article examines traditional Great Lakes freighters throughout history.

Aspin Kemp CEO questions need of refitting ferry engine

Whether a local company will have a chance to complete the major work, and if a diesel-hybrid will emit more greenhouse gas than the ship’s current LNG engine remains uncertain.

B.C. Ferries changing plans for electric ferries; wants to order four new ones

B.C. Ferries has withdrawn an application to electrify its six existing Island-class ferries, saying it will submit a new plan in coming weeks.

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.

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Coming Soon

CFA 2023 Conference and Tradeshow

Join us in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia from September 17 - 19, 2023 for the CFA 2023 Conference and Trade Show! The 2023 Conference theme is “Ferries and the communities they serve – People, the environment and the economy.”

Date: September 17-19, 2023

Maritime Cybersecurity-Canada's Current and Future Challenges

The maritime industry is increasingly reliant on digital systems and connected technologies, making it vulnerable to cyber threats. Our seminar brings together leading experts and cybersecurity professionals with extensive knowledge and experience in the maritime sector. Through engaging presentations, interactive demonstrations, and networking opportunities,  you’ll gain insights into the latest research, emerging threats and real-world experiences, empowering you to make informed decisions in protecting maritime assets, infrastructure and people.

Date: September 18-19, 2023

Connect With Icelandic Seatech, Food Processing, and Financial Services Companies in Vancouver on September 25TH

Icelandic companies will be on hand to showcase and discuss their technologies and services with potential Canadian partners from across BC’s Lower Mainland and beyond. These will include but not be limited to Hefring Marine, offering intelligent marine guidance and fuel efficiency technologies; KAPP, specializing in liquid ice solutions; Marel, a global leader in food processing technology; and Icelandic banks with decades of experience lending to fisheries companies in Europe and North America.

Date: September 25, 2023

More Events Here

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Proposal for Passenger Vessel for Hire by Conservation and Protection for Patrols in Waters Surrounding the Shores of Prince Edward Island

The RFP closes on September 15, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) Towing Gear

The RFP closes on September 18, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Waste Oil Management

The RFP closes on September 25, 2023

Request for Proposal for New Brand – Outboard Motors, Inboard Motors and Stern Drives

The RFP closes on September 25, 2023

Request for Proposal for Nonmetallic Hoses and Hose Assemblies

The RFP closes on September 25, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on September 26, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly, Air Duct

The RFP closes on October 2, 2023

Request for Proposal for CCGS Judy LaMarsh Conversion - Drydocking

The RFP closes on October 4, 2023

Request for Proposal for Pressure Transmitter 0-600 PSI Strainer, Sediment

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Cartridge, Water Demineralizer, Ion Exchange

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Safety Relief

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Filter Element, Reverse Osmosis

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Transmitter, Pressure

The RFP closes on October 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Valves and Disks

The RFP closes on October 4, 2023

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

The RFP closes on November 8, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Sir John Franklin Alongside Refit

The RFP closes on October 20, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Victoria-Class Spares – Sleeve Assembly

The RFP closes on October 23, 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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