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    Registration Open: Business Opportunities Conference on November 14, 2018 see more

    Registration Open: Business Opportunities Conference on November 14, 2018

    The Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI), along with its industry and government partners, will host a Business Opportunities Conference on Wednesday, November 14 in Vancouver.

    This event will feature highly qualified speakers from leading companies in the marine sector and from federal and provincial governments. Come and network with hundreds of delegates and learn about all the business opportunities available for companies in British Columbia's industrial marine sector.

    Anyone who attended last year's event knows this is a day not to be missed. The Business Opportunities Conference is open to both members and non-members. Avoid disappointment and register early as we anticipate another sell-out. We look forward to seeing you at the ABCMI conference on November 14!


    SPEAKERS Confirmed Include:

    The Honourable Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology 

    Business Opportunities Panel featuring: Babcock, Lockheed Martin, Seaspan, SNC Lavalin and Thales

    Marine Innovation Panel featuring: BC Ferries, Robert Allan Ltd, Ship Constructor, Wärtsilä and 3M

    Other topics and presentations include:

    - LNG Canada

    - Permitting New Marine Projects and maintenance Works – Understanding the Permitting Process

    - Future Fleet Plans including Minor and Auxiliary Vessels



    When: Wednesday, November 14 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Where: Vancouver Convention Centre | East Building, Rooms 1-3 | 999 Canada Place, Vancouver (Map)

    Members (Early bird pricing until October 26) – $140
    Members (Regular pricing after October 26) – $175
    Non-members – $250

    Registration Deadline: Friday, November 9 at 5:00 pm.

    Please click here to register: https://www.abcmi.ca/events/abcmi-business-opportunities-conference-1

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    ABCMI at 2018 Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo see more

    The Association of British Columbia Marine Industries was represented and very much involved at the Aerospace, Defence and Security Exposition (ADSE) in Abbotsford, August 9/10. New members came onboard and many new potential connections for companies in BC’s industrial marine sector were identified. 

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    ADSE 2018 see more

    The Aerospace Defense and Security Expo (ADSE)

    The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada – Pacific (AIAC-Pacific) is pleased to extend to our friends with the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries an invitation to participate in ADSE 2018.

    Member and earlier bird pricing is available for ABCMI members. You can register here 

    Date: August 9 & 10, 2018
    Location: Tradex – Abbotsford, BC

    ADSE Program at a Glance

    The preliminary ADSE 2018 is available here. This year’s program will include a focus on major upcoming Canadian Federal Defense Procurements as well as keynote addresses from the Governments of Canada and British Columbia. Including:

    The Honorable Carla Qualtrough – Minister of Public Services and Procurement

    The Honorable Bruce Ralston – Minister of Jobs Trade and Technology

    More About ADSE

    ADSE is proudly hosted the by AIAC-Pacific and features industry exhibits, keynote speeches, panels and workshops, together with numerous B2B and networking opportunities. High-profile presenters will offer the latest information and insights on relevant and topical industry related developments related to both the aerospace and defense sectors.

    ADSE brings various sectors together in a two-day tradeshow that offers tremendous value to those involved in the Canadian and international Aerospace, Defence and Security industry sectors.

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    B.C. Ferries, premier want smaller ships built locally see more

    B.C. Ferries has announced plans to have up to five new smaller ferries built to serve inter-island routes.

    The company is also speaking in favour of B.C. shipyards bidding for the work. “We want to build locally in British Columbia,” Mark Wilson, B.C. Ferries vice-president of strategy and community engagement, said in an interview Wednesday.

    “We are doing a tremendous amount of work with local industry. We own the design rights to these existing classes of ships, so the design work will be done. Industry doesn’t have to invest in the design component.”

    The procurement process will be open and transparent, he said. “We are doing everything that we can to create the conditions for local industry to bid and submit the best that they can on this.”

    Cost is one consideration, along with the end product, the timeline and the amount of risk in a contract, he said.

    B.C. Ferries has a diverse fleet and is in the midst of shaving its 17 classes of vessels down to five as it renews its aging fleet.

    New inter-island ferries consist of two models.

    The 107-metre-long Salish class has room for 600 passengers and crew. Three of these were delivered last year from Poland in a $200-million project.

    The new 81-metre-long Island class has room for 300 passengers and crew. B.C. Ferries announced earlier that two will be built in Romania at Damen Shipyards. B.C. Ferries is also in the early stage of plans to replace its five larger C-class ships — such as Queen of Oak Bay — some of which can carry almost 1,500 passengers.

    The question of where ferries should be built is long-standing in B.C. Hundreds of millions of dollars in new-ferry construction has gone to Europe. Shipyard workers in this province have lobbied for years for made-in-B.C. ferries.

    Premier John Horgan said Wednesday that he wants ferries to be built in B.C. “The benefits to the community of having ship-building jobs in a maritime province are significant and those have diminished over time because of the policy choices of the previous government. And we are looking at what policy changes we can make to revitalize the ship-building industry.”

    Horgan said there is a lot of work to do. “We’ll take a look at that over the summer and see what we can do to effect a positive outcome for workers here in B.C.,” he said. “We are looking at all options available to make sure there are community benefits when public monies are expended.”

    Wilson said that separate contracts would be let for the Salish class and the smaller Island class. The smaller ferry is “one that I think, if local industry is serious about building in British Columbia, it is one that they can get behind.”

    The number of smaller vessels that will be ordered is expected to be set in the next two weeks.

    This construction would replace three Victoria-built 85-metre-long ferries: Mayne Queen, Bowen Queen and Powell River Queen, all 53 years old.

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    Article Source: Carla Wilson (Times Colonist)
    Photo Source: BC Ferries

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    Regional Forums across the country to provide information on the Future Fighter Capability Project. see more

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, in partnership with the Department of National Defence, and Public Services and Procurement Canada, as well as Canada’s Regional Development Agencies, will be holding Regional Forums (April 23, 2018 to May 1, 2018) across the country to provide information on the Future Fighter Capability Project to Canadian industry and other stakeholders. The open and transparent competition to replace Canada’s CF-18 fleet with 88 advanced fighter aircraft is the most significant investment in the Royal Canadian Air Force in many years, and Canada is seeking strong economic benefits under the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy.

    This will also be an opportunity to learn more about the ITB Policy including the Value Proposition, better understand the sustainment strategy for this project, provide feedback on the economic benefits approach, and to engage with potential prime contractors.

    Each organization should complete one registration form and include the names of all proposed attendees. Due to limited capacity, ISED reserves the right to limit participation from each organization (two participants per company are encouraged).

    Registration link: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/086.nsf/frm-eng/PXIG-ALYN8T

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    In recent years, the building of ferries has sailed offshore, but some people want that to change. see more

    From the 1960s until the early 2000s BC Ferries’ fleet was built right here in B.C. In more recent years, contracts have sailed offshore, but these people want that to change.

    “Today is about sharing the information with the Canadian shipbuilding industry and all the suppliers to help them understand BC Ferries requirements in building ships and hopefully maximize Canadian content in any building we do moving forward,” said Mark Collins, president and CEO of BC Ferries.

    Representatives from a wide range of B.C.’s marine industries gathered in Victoria on Wednesday to figure out how to remain competitive in bids for BC Ferries’ construction.

    “It looks like to be a challenge. And BC Ferries said it would be right from the outset that it would be. They’re looking for the best rate, for the farepayers,” said Alex Rueben, the Executive Director of the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries.

    But, there remains a sense of optimism.

    “I think BC Ferries is really opening the kimono so to speak, saying we really want to build ships here, but here’s what we need,” said Rueben.

    “Let’s see where we can take it because the industrial marine sector is a significant contributor to the BC economy.”

    A lot of the conversation centres around Seaspan, the Vancouver and Victoria-based shipbuilder dominates the B.C. industry. The company will be building ships for the federal government for the next four to five years. But, upgrades for that project may benefit the whole B.C. marine industry.

    “With the advances we’re seeing in the Canadian and B.C. shipbuilding industry, I’m confident that more Canadian content is possible,” said Collins.

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    Article Source: CHEK News
    Photo Source: CHEK News

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    The Spirit of British Columbia ferry will be relying on liquefied natural gas as fuel. see more

    When the Spirit of British Columbia ferry comes into service today, it will be relying on liquefied natural gas as fuel.

    Diesel will be on board but only as backup.

    The 548-foot-long ferry is serving on its regular route between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen after a mid-life upgrade and conversion to LNG by Remontowa Ship Repair Yard S.A., in Gdansk, Poland.

    “The Spirit of British Columbia returns to service with clean technology that reduces both our environmental footprint and cost of operations,” Mark Collins, B.C. Ferries president and chief executive officer, said in a Tuesday statement.

    Using LNG on the Spirit-class ferries means carbon dioxide emissions will be cut by 12,500 tonnes every year. That is the equivalent of taking 2,500 cars off the road.

    It will also cut fuel costs by millions of dollars once both Spirit ferries are running on natural gas, B.C. Ferries said.

    This is the first of the two Spirit-class ferries to undergo an LNG conversion in Europe. The Spirit of Vancouver Island leaves B.C. this fall and returns in 2019.

    Total budget for work on the two vessels is expected to be $140 million.

    B.C. Ferries said Spirit of British Columbia is the first vessel in the world to refuel LNG through delivery on a fully enclosed vehicle deck. Tanks holding LNG are secured below the car decks. They are refilled when the ferry is not in service by FortisBC trucks carrying LNG, said B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall.

    Salish-class ferries also run on LNG but the delivery trucks pull in to an open vehicle deck.

    B.C. Ferries said the delivery system for the LNG vessels was designed, built and installed by the company and its partners. This innovation saved more than $100 million in infrastructure costs that would have otherwise been required for an on-land facility, the company said.

    Other improvements include renewing navigation and propulsion equipment, such as gearboxes, rudders, steering system, bow thrusters, propeller blades and four marine evacuation systems. The ship has more efficient air conditioning equipment that will reduce energy consumption.

    The ship’s interior has been spruced up, with new carpets, upholstered furniture, and table tops. Washrooms have been upgraded and one was added to deck five. A new Arbutus Coffee Bar was introduced on deck six and the gift store has doubled in size.

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    Article Source: Carla Wilson (Times Colonist)
    Photo Source: Darren Stone (Times Colonist)

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    New Zealand Navy frigate Te Kaha was officially handed over to Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards. see more

    New Zealand Navy frigate Te Kaha was officially handed over to Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards in a ceremony at CFB Esquimalt on Thursday.

    On May 1, the 387-foot ship will move from the base to Victoria Shipyards and the federally owned Esquimalt Graving Dock for the start of a combat weapons system modernization.

    This is the first time since the Second World War that a foreign warship has been modernized in Canada, said prime contractor Lockheed Martin. Marc Milner, professor of history and director of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick, said a few foreign warships were repaired during the Second World War, but he knew of no others since then.

    The contractors are hoping the project puts Canada on the map internationally, attracting customers for additional high-tech ship systems jobs.

    Victoria Shipyards is carrying out the work on the Te Kaha, and on the Te Mana which arrives next year, for Lockheed Martin Canada, which won the $300-million-plus contract in 2014.

    Helene Quilter, New Zealand secretary of defence and chief executive of the Ministry of Defence, said at the ceremony that the frigate upgrading program “continues to create opportunities to strengthen the partnership between our two countries, not the least for training and experience sharing.

    “It has been no easy process to get to this point,” she said, describing the planning as a detailed and demanding project.

    The Te Kaha’s systems are nearing the end of their operational life, she said.

    Quilter said that this modernization “takes advantage of new and emerging technologies.”

    The significance of this project to New Zealand is “considerable and can not be overstated.”

    Lockheed Martin is providing the technology for the work, following up on a similar partnership with Seaspan that saw five Canadian frigates modernized by Victoria Shipyards.

    The 20-year-old Te Kaha arrived in Victoria March 6 and has been at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton, where it has been prepared for the work.

    Gary Fudge, acting vice-president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary Mission Systems, said the work on Canada’s Halifax-class frigates allowed the company to turn that experience into an international market opportunity. “We’ve taken some home-grown Canadian technology and we’ve been able to take that and leverage it world-wide and bring good healthy jobs into Canada.”

    As the prime systems integrator, Lockheed Martin is responsible for designing and supplying the upgraded combat system for the frigates. This includes a new combat management system, plus the supply and integration of sensors and a missile system.

    These systems are expensive and difficult to develop, Fudge said. “Canadian technology is fantastic and it is really scalable and affordable for countries that are in a similar stature to Canada. They don’t have large defence budgets.”

    Countries with extensive coastlines need vessels with a lot of capability, he said.

    Lockheed Martin has an on-site staff that ranges between 25 and 40 in Victoria. They will oversee shipboard work on the Te Kaha and Te Mana, Fudge said.

    Brian Carter, president and chief executive of Seaspan Shipyards, described the work as a rare opportunity, saying the company will continue to work with Lockheed Martin to seek out further projects.

    “The Victoria Shipyards team has been very focused on developing our international capability.”

    The New Zealand job is “definitely putting us on the map,” he said.

    The contracts deliver economic benefits to the capital region.

    “It’s going to employ 200 people in our Victoria shipyard for about two years. And also allow us to leverage about 100 companies throughout the region to help us support the refit of these vessels,” Carter said.

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    Article Source: Carla Wilson (Times Colonist)
    Photo Source: Darren Stone (Times Colonist)

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    Federal government investing in navigational mapping, ship monitoring and weather forecasting. see more

    VANCOUVER — Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the federal government is investing in navigational mapping, ship monitoring and weather forecasting as part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan.

    Garneau says the federal government will spend $110 million over five years for the Canadian Hydrographic Service to chart 23 high-priority commercial ports and near-shore areas to fill gaps in navigational data and charts.

    He named seven additional coastal communities, including the T’Souke and Pacheedaht Nations on Vancouver Island, as partners to test new information systems for monitoring ship traffic — bringing the total to nine.

    Nova Scotia-based Hercules SLR has been awarded an initial $180,000 contract to supply two emergency tow-kits to the Canadian Coast Guard.

    Another $7.2 million over five years will fund the deployment of five smart buoys to improve weather forecasting on the East and West coasts.

    Garneau says the plan will help protect the B.C. coast against any possible spills and will proceed regardless of whether the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is built.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Oceans Protection Plan at the same time that he announced federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in 2016.

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    Article Source: The Canadian Press

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    The Trade Accelerator Program is coming to Victoria, BC in June 2018. see more

    The Trade Accelerator Program is coming to Victoria, BC in June 2018.  It is a four day program – occurring on June 19th, June 20th, June 28th and July 31st.   This is an excellent program for small businesses with little foreign sales experience, that want to create or build upon their off-shore sales and strategize their export business plan as well as having one-stop access to export resources provided by the federal government.

    The program may well be provided free of charge, in this particular instance – please either let Alex Rueben (alex@abcmi.ca) at ABCMI know of your interest or sign up on-line here.  If your company is interested in this excellent opportunity you are advised to act as soon as possible.

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    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque to recognize significance of Tugboats in West. see more

    On Sunday May 27th 2018, a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque will be unveiled at Granville Island to recognize the national historic significance of Tugboats on Canada’s West Coast, with special reference to the historic Steam Tug Master. A parade of tugs both modern and historic will follow the ceremony.

    We hope that everyone connected with the industry or who just “loves tugs” will join us for this historic and long overdue recognition of the critical role that tugboats continue to play in the commerce of the Province of British Columbia.

    A formal invitation from the Government of Canada and RSVP contact information will follow shortly.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

    On behalf of the Organizing Committee:

    Robert Allan P.Eng; Robert Allan Ltd
    Capt. Phill Nelson; CMC
    Barry Martens; President, SS Master Society
    David Bradford; Alder Bay Boats/ SS Master Society
    Christa Hansen; Parks Canada

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    The ABCMI, with BC Ferries, hosted a round-table discussion on the topic of building ferries in BC. see more

    The Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI), in partnership with BC Ferries, hosted a round-table discussion on May 9th, 2018 on the topic of building ferries in British Columbia. This engaging dialogue explored how to create the conditions for competitive new vessel construction in BC. In attendance were ship builders, labour, ship designers, classification societies, marine suppliers, law firms, financial specialists and other stakeholders in the marine sector.  We thank all those that attended for your enthusiastic and insightful input.

    Please find below the link to the Record of Discussion of the Roundtable Forum.  Also provided is a link to the Summary of the various challenges that were discussed along with ideas that could be pursued in addressing these challenges.  As next steps, it is the intention of ABCMI to follow-up on these ideas, where there is interest on the part of industry, BC Ferries and government – as applicable – and pursue outcomes that support the industry in BC while preserving the mandate that BC Ferries has to its ferry users in the acquisition of new ferries for its fleet.

    Record of Discussion

    Summary of Roundtable Discussion

    ABCMI welcomes your input and asks that this be directed to the Executive Director, Alex Rueben at alex@abcmi.ca