Prominent political figures and industry leaders will speak at the Canadian Aerospace Summit 2017

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada is proud to announce an impressive line-up of speakers for the Canadian Aerospace Summit to be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on November 7-8. The Summit is an annual conference and trade show that attracts over 1,200 executives and decision-makers from industry and government each year. “This year more than ever, the Canadian Aerospace Summit is the place to be to meet world industry leaders and better understand the government’s vision on innovation,” announces Jim Quick, AIAC’s President and Chief Executive Officer.…

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Royal Canadian Navy to Deploy OSI’s ECPINS Warship 6.2 on all Ships and Submarines

OSI Maritime Systems is pleased to announce that the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will deploy ECPINS® Warship 6.2 on all ships and submarines. ECPINS is recognized as the most advanced Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS), with military capabilities well beyond NATO WECDIS STANAG 4564. STANAG 4564 defines the primary function of WECDIS, which is to contribute to safe navigation and to enhance the conduct of warfare.  Further, OSI has received Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Type Approval certification from DNV GL for ECPINS against new International Hydrographic Organization…

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Federal Government seeks proposals for interim services during icebreaking season

Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf the Canadian Coast Guard, has issued two Requests for Supply Arrangements (RFSA) to address a short- term need in the Canadian Coast Guard’s delivery of additional services on the Saint-Lawrence and the Great Lakes. These supply arrangements will allow the Coast Guard to continue to deliver high quality and critical services to Canadians such as providing navigation support and icebreaking for safe transportation of commercial goods through Canadian waters as well supporting environmental response. These services will be used when necessary, to complement Coast Guard’s…

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Canada reaches important 5% marine conservation milestone

Canada’s oceans have been part of our history, our culture and our way of life from coast to coast to coast since time immemorial. Alleged climate change and human activity are affecting Canada’s oceans and coastlines and humanity has a duty to protect them claims the federal government. Canada committed to increase the protection of marine and coastal areas to 5% by the end of 2017, and to 10% by 2020, to ensure a healthy and sustainable marine environment now and for future generations. Today, Canada is proud to celebrate…

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New Book by Peter Vassilopoulos

OOPS! Boating’s Close Encounters and Other Awkward Moments By Peter Vassilopoulos $19.95 144 pages 9”x6″ Unlike the author’s other books, this is not a cruising guide but rather a collection of boating experiences and learning curves. This book is more focused on a touch of humour and a number of serious boating situations to be avoided. The book describes entertaining situations while out boating that the author has observed. Many that he encountered and had to deal with, especially in his earlier years of boating on the B.C. coast. It…

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My Month With the Royal Canadian Navy

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Litke USN I recently had the opportunity to sail with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for Operation Limpid, which is an annual patrol of the Arctic Ocean and Canada’s Northwest Territories. The group of ships I deployed with was comprised of several marine coastal defense vessels from the eastern and western coasts of Canada. I joined the Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Yellowknife (MM 706) ship, commanded by RCN Lt. Cmdr. Donald Thompson-Greiff, in Nome, Alaska on Sept. 22. I wasn’t the only foreign…

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Airbus Defense & Space Awarded IAI New Contract to Supply ELM 2022 Maritime Patrol Radar for the Canadian Fixed Wing SAR Project

Israel Aerospace industries (IAI) was recently awarded a new contract by Airbus Defense & Space to supply 16 ELM-2022A maritime patrol radars. The Government of Canada is purchasing 16 C295 MSA aircraft from Airbus Defense equipped with advanced sensor systems to support Canada’s Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. The key surveillance sensor to be installed on board the C295 MSA is the innovative ELM-2022 radar system developed by ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and subsidiary of IAI (IAI/ELTA). The ELM-2022 is multi-mode radar for detection, localization, classification, and tracking of…

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Major Maritime Disaster Training Exercise

The Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Armed Forces, BC Ferries, Emergency Management BC, BC Emergency Health Services, and Public Safety Canada are leading a large scale, multi-agency, on-water emergency preparedness exercise in the Gulf Islands area. “Exercise Salish Sea 2017” is an opportunity for various organizations to work together in maritime emergency scenario and practice a coordinated response. The scenario for the exercise is that a fire has occurred on BC Ferries’ M/V Coastal Renaissance, and passengers and crew must evacuate. On October 25, M/V Coastal Renaissance will be taken out…

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