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On Watch June 30, 2021

On Watch June 30, 2021



  June 30, 2021


Words from the CEO


Summer is in full swing and as life begins to return to normal across the country, we know we speak for everyone in saying how wonderful it is to be able to begin to safely reconnect with friends and family. We hope you enjoy this latest edition of On Watch, and trust that you find our Government of Canada procurement notices in our Resources section as well as our Job Board helpful. In our news section, we continue to feature members in our Spotlight Series. This edition highlights the innovative, height-adjustable galley designs brought to the women and men of the Coast Guard and Navy in an interview with Monica Jansen, President of Smart Galley Designs. Located in Moncton, the company now has projects on both coasts, and we are delighted to shine the spotlight on another dynamic Canadian trail-blazer. We continue this feature with a focus on interviewing female leaders and innovators in our sector. We are so proud of the impact that our member companies are making in the sector, and are pleased to offer promotion and networking opportunities. Should you wish to become a member, please reach out to us at and we would be thrilled to add your voice to our association. 

Colin Cooke

CEO and President




Member Spotlight: Smart Galley Designs
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Photo courtesy of Monica Jansen

Smart Galley Designs (SGD) is not your ordinary kitchen design company, as the galleys they design and build are created especially for a marine environment. And yet, when you speak to Monica Jansen, President of SGD, it’s really all about the people.

Before the design of a new galley starts, a site visit to the vessel is planned to spend time with the chefs and the people in the galley to get a good understanding of the food service processes. From the type of products that are ordered, to stores, to preparation of the food to serving it to the crew. These are all important factors to create an ergonomic design with the right workflow that is safe and efficient and with “nice-to-haves” that create great work environments.

The galley has never been an easy work environment. As they have tended to be mostly an afterthought on past vessel designs, they`ve either been too hot or too cold, or far away from the storage areas. Things such as design logic, ergonomics and workflow have often been overlooked. Yet they are essential to the quality of life onboard the vessel and have to be adapted to the changes in diet and lifestyles of the onboard crew. Galley modernization means a better, healthier workspace, better efficiency, better/healthier menu choices and that directly affects the health and morale of each crew member onboard.

Jansen’s team discovered another important aspect of galley work that had been overlooked: physical size of the workers. When they observed a 6’2” man and a 5’2” woman doing exactly the same task on the same equipment, they realized that in a dangerous marine environment, where you are lifting huge pots of boiling water and wielding big knives on chopping boards, having height-adjustable kitchen components would lead to significant improvements in ergonomics and safety as working height could be adjusted to person and task, preventing workplace related injuries, back and neck problems.

Adjusting workstations to the height and build of the end-users is important as so many women serve on board these days. And as a woman excelling in the marine sector, Jansen can relate to the perseverance and mind-set needed to get where you want to. Originally a trained surgical nurse and owner of a construction company in the Netherlands, when Jansen emigrated to New Brunswick she couldn’t practice her profession. When she met her new partner, a trained chef, she made a new start in Canada when they uncovered the need for a new kind of galley design on ships. She founded Smart Galley Designs in 2017.

After designing and building a prototype for a height adjustable workstation for marine application, SGD was awarded a contract through BCIP to design and install the first, height adjustable, ergonomic galley for the Canadian Coast Guard on a vessel of the Hero-Class in 2020.

Going from designing and manufacturing galley equipment to becoming a turn-key service provider for the CCG for the entire galley was another learning experience for SGD, especially developing relationships with the right sub-contractors on both coasts for this specialized work.

For a small marine company, developing a growth strategy has involved forming partnerships with fabricators such as GOW Group Inc. and fellow Moncton-based Apex Industries Inc. so that they can team together to go after bigger projects, and eventually bridge into commercial shipbuilding and superyachts.

Currently SGD is patenting their height-adjustable Ergo Workstations© for Canada, the United States and Europe, and have assisted on designs outside of Canada.

Membership in CMISA has helped SGD build and expand networks, especially to be more involved in new design. Jansen has so many ideas, and has used her multitasking abilities to harness her company’s growth. Jansen remains focused on the people who benefit from safer and better design. As she points out, “The Canadian Coast Guard and Navy are all about safety -- protecting Canadians, Canadian waters and our international allies and that should include the people that are protecting us.

We are honoured to do work that also protects our own people on board our vessels."


Halifax lands funding for new zero emission transit ferry route

HALIFAX -- The Halifax Regional Municipality is getting a new ferry route that will run from Bedford, N.S. to downtown Halifax and will be the first zero-emission ferry in Nova Scotia.

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Canada implements new ballast water regulations to prevent spread of aquatic species

OTTAWA – To further protect Canadian waters, the Government of Canada is taking action to limit the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in ballast water. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the coming into force of the new Ballast Water Regulations to strengthen existing rules for vessels on international voyages and the introduction of new rules for vessels which remain in Canada and on the Great Lakes.

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HMCS Harry DeWolf First Ship Commissioned from National Shipbuilding Contract

Premier Iain Rankin, also Minister responsible for Military Relations, today, June 26, participated in the commissioning of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf, the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) lead ship in its class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels.

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Summarizing MEPC 76

The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meetings wrapped up on June 17 after a week-long session. MEPC 76 addressed the shipping industry’s goals of achieving the IMO’s Initial Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships by half by 2050, based on 2008 levels. 

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Royal Canadian Navy Submarine HMCS Corner Brook Back In The Water

After a modernisation process interrupted by a fire, the submarine is in the final stages of its return to active duty.

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BONOKOSKI: ‘Not just any old ship,’ but in a port now a storm

From 1907 to 1965, the luxury steamship S.S. Keewatin plied the upper Great Lakes between the Lake Superior twin cities that are now Thunder Bay and the lower Georgian Bay town of Port McNicholl.

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Countdown is on – Canada to host Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress in June 2022

Vancouver, British Columbia – One year from today, Canada will welcome the world’s marine conservation leaders to Vancouver to chart a course towards protecting 30 per cent of the global ocean by 2030.

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Pilot in deadly Canadian military helicopter crash unaware of flight-control software conflict, says report

The pilot of an ill-fated Canadian military helicopter that crashed in the Ionian Sea off Greece last year manually overrode the aircraft's automatic flight controller system, which caused an unanticipated "bias" in the CH-148 Cyclone's electronic system, an air force flight safety investigation has concluded.

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  • Build and maintain ships for Canada and for the private sector (Build & Maintain)
  • Support business opportunities for our marine industry members (Support)
  • Sustain a network to voice our concerns and promote our solutions (Sustain)


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