Permanent Relocation of Barge Maintenance Terminal

March 15, 2021

Project status

Permit issued

In June 2021, a project permit was issued to Seapan ULC to permanently relocate their Barge Maintenance Terminal adjacent to their facility at 10 Pemberton Avenue in North Vancouver, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 40 permit conditions that Seapan ULC must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

About the project

The scope of work involves the installation of three new 1220 millimetre diameter steel piles, one new 914 millimetre diameter steel pile, and relocation of three existing 914 millimetre diameter steel piles to facilitate repositioning two existing barges (SS Yarder and SS 210) approximately 115 metres south of their current location. The southernmost fixed barge (Powell Carrier) will be sent for demolition off site. The cantilevered steel piles anchoring the Powell Carrier will be extracted, stored, and repurposed for future projects. In addition, one creosote-treated timber dolphin will be removed, the ramp to the SS Yarder will be relocated, and four new 457 millimetre diameter steel piles will be installed to support the relocated BMT ramp.

Piles will be extracted and installed using a marine derrick and a vibratory hammer. The project is anticipated to take approximately three weeks to complete.

The Project is required due to the increased seabed elevation of the gravel bed (PER No.17-407) as the Barge Maintenance Terminal overall length must be reduced to prevent the most northerly fixed barge from grounding at lower tides.

Contact information

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review process, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.

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