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On Watch November 3, 2021

On Watch November 3, 2021

  November 3, 2021


Words from the CEO


Welcome to another edition of On Watch! Now that the federal government’s new Cabinet has been announced, we are monitoring what the emerging priorities are and how they may affect our sector. I was pleased with the announcement of three strong individuals in key Cabinet positions relevant to all of us: Anita Anand as Minister of National Defence, Joyce Murray as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Filomena Tassi as Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada. We look forward to working with these ministers as well as their provincial colleagues to promote Canadian solutions for our maritime requirements.

We are very excited to have launched our renewed Maritime Sector Job Board this past Monday! Many of you have already begun to make use of it and over the next little while, it will reach schools and governments across the country as well as more broadly through social media channels. Please take a moment and head over to our website to have a look - you will find a link, as always, at the bottom of this newsletter.

We have been shining a spotlight on our members in each edition of On Watch, and have been interviewing exceptional women in leadership positions. This edition features a discussion with Tanya Radkey, Manager of Corporate Controls at Davie Shipbuilding, and the exciting work she is engaged in at Canada’s largest shipyard. It is wonderful to see the energy and determination at Davie, and the commitment Davie leadership has made to diversity in its workforce, while as well making a difference to their local community. If you would like to join our growing number of members and enjoy our attractive member benefits, including original editorial content like these Member Spotlights, please contact and we would be thrilled to get you on board.

Colin Cooke

CEO and President




Member Spotlight: Davie Shipbuilding
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Photo of Tanya Radkey courtesy of Davie Shipbuilding

Davie Shipbuilding is an exciting place to be these days, as it enters the National Shipbuilding Strategy as the National Icebreaker Centre, tasked with the construction of Canada’s future icebreaker fleet. As the largest shipbuilder in Canada, Davie has the capability of working on Canada’s biggest vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Coast Guard, foreign navies as well as with large commercial ships. The recent conversion of a commercial ship to a combat support ship, MV Asterix, for the Royal Canadian Navy is a source of pride for the company. The speed at which the MV Asterix was available and the many international missions the ship has participated in have exceeded all expectations and are a credit to the skill and motivation of the team at Davie. And in terms of the future, Davie is hoping to form a cluster of suppliers, knowledge and technology that would cement its place as the global leader in icebreaker construction.

The past 10 years has seen Davie deliver on a range of shipbuilding projects from Subsea Construction Vessels for international export to green to ice-class LNG-powered ferries for the domestic market, but what sets the yard apart, according to Tanya Radkey, Manager of Corporate Controls, is the “determination and willingness to work towards a better Davie, a Davie that is determined to accomplish its goals, to innovate, and to give back to its local community.” Tanya has been an integral part of Davie’s growth under its new ownership. In her role at the yard she has been busy implementing and updating new systems, processes and software as part of a strong drive for success. As a Maritimer, Tanya understands that ships are essential for a strong, functional economy. Shipbuilders recognize the challenging environments that ships must operate in, and know that there are no margins for error in order to keep people safe. As she points out, “There’s a need for vessels, and they have to be fit for purpose. There’s a reason requirements are so stringent: to keep people safe, and to support missions that in effect keep other people safe.”

Shipbuilding at Davie is steeped in history and tradition. The yard was founded in 1825 and since then Davie has worked on over 728 vessels of all kinds. The local community in Lévis, Quebec, is strongly connected to Davie, as generation after generation have worked at the yard. Davie now supports a significant supply chain and an enormous local labour pool. Davie also gives back to the local community in many ways, such as supporting green initiatives, local food banks and education. Being part of the larger shipbuilding community is important to Davie, and Tanya appreciates the networking CMISA affords, so that she can connect with people across the country who share common goals and understand the challenges. She has also benefitted from the fact that this once male-dominated field has become much more open to women, and values that Davie actively embraces and champions women in all areas of the yard. What they all share, according to Tanya, is the “Esprit de Davie – all hands on deck and everyone rowing in the same direction!”


Shipbuilding: Turning the Tide

Fueled by federal government contracts to replace the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard fleets, and billions in investments by shipyards eager to perform, Canada’s marine and shipbuilding industries are rebuilding, with long-term implications.

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Ocean Group wins Best Practices award

Ocean Group was named the recipient of the RH-Meilleures pratiques presented at the Fidéides evening of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec (CCIQ).

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Chi-Cheemaun ferry arrives at Thunder Bay shipyard for inspection

THUNDER BAY — The MS Chi-Cheemaun, the 643-passenger ferry and vehicle ferry that runs between Manitoulin Island and Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, has arrived at the Heddle Shipyards in Thunder Bay.

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Shipping industry leaders prominent participants at coming UN climate change summit

A major gathering of top executives from the world’s biggest shipping companies and maritime state representatives will take place in Glasgow at a cross-industry decarbonisation conference, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) announced.

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Hamilton's Heddle Shipyards signs $3.3-million contract to build new ferry

Hamilton’s Heddle Shipyards has landed a $3.3-million contract with the province to construct a new ferry for the Township of Frontenac near Kingston.

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Seaspan Shipyards celebrates 10th anniversary of building ships under the National Shipbuilding Strategy

Seaspan Shipyards is celebrating ten years of building ships for Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

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Royal Canadian Navy's Third Harry DeWolf-Class Patrol Ship Hits The Water

Irving Shipbuilding launched the Royal Canadian Navy’s third Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and offshore patrol ship (AOPS) into the water at its Halifax Shipyard in Nova Scotia on Saturday, October 23.

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Seaspan pilots renewable natural gas program

VANCOUVER — Seaspan Ferries Corporation has become the first Canadian marine company to test the use of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to cut greenhouse gas emissions created by its roll-on, roll-off liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered marine fleet.

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Canadian Government awards ‘Robotics as a Service’ contract to Kraken

Marine technology company Kraken Robotics has signed a contract with the Canadian Government to offer Robotics as a Service (RaaS).

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Marine Biofouling in Ports: Wet Docks Acting as ‘Hot Spot’ Biofouling Transfer Stations

The GEF-UNDP-IMO Glofouling partnership (2017) is a global initiative to counter the environmental issue of invasive aquatic species (IAS) and the resulting harmful ecological and financial damage that can occur when such invasion events are introduced through the medium of biofouling on ships hulls and other marine structures such as those found in the oil and gas industries.

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