Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion
Permit under review
In June 2021, the Vancouver Drydock Company Ltd. Partnership (the Applicant – Seaspan) submitted a project permit application to expand their water lot lease area and install a work pontoon and two additional drydocks. The drydocks are proposed at Vancouver Drydock, 203 East Esplanade, North Vancouver, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project under the Impact Assessment Act, the proposed project was posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry with an opportunity for public comment between July 14, 2021 and August 12, 2021.
The public was initially invited to submit written comments between June 25 and July 24, 2021. On July 14, 2021, Transport Canada notified the applicant that approval would be required under the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. The public comment period restarted and the public invited to submit written comments between July 14 and August 12, 2021.
The port authority will conduct formal consultation activities with stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the permitting process.
Applicant led public engagement
The Applicant was required to solicit public feedback on the proposed project, results of technical studies and proposed mitigation measures during a 25 business day public engagement period. The public engagement period was extended from July 30 until August 12, 2021 to accommodate changes to the provincial health mandates and an easing of the COVID-19 restrictions.
The Applicant invited public comment on their proposed water lot expansion, work pontoon and drydock project between June 25 and August 12, 2021.
The Applicant hosted two information sessions via an online platform on July 13 and July 15. To watch recordings of the sessions, or for more information, please see the Applicant’s website.
The port authority will consider all feedback received from the public, stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project.
About the project
Seaspan is proposing to consolidate ship repair activities at their Vancouver Drydock facility by adding new infrastructure to better accommodate and service smaller vessels. The proposed project involves the installation of a floating work pontoon and two additional drydocks on the west side of the existing deep-water outfitting pier.
The work pontoon will be used to access the two new floating drydocks. The new drydocks would be purchased on the global market, and are fabricated from steel plate. The larger drydock would be approximately 100 m long x 30 m wide x 10 m deep, and the smaller drydock would be approximately 55 m long x 22 m wide x 8 m deep.
To make room for the proposed new infrastructure, the existing Careen would be relocated 40 m to the south of its current position and the Seaspan’s water lot lease area would be expanded by 40 m to the west.
Project activities and components include:
- Expansion of Seaspan’s water lot lease area by 40 m to the west
- Installation of six (6) new steel piles
- Installed by a barge mounted crane vibratory hammer
- Impact hammer may be required if necessary
- Relocation of the existing Careen (the smaller of the existing two drydocks) 40 m to the south from its current location
- Installation of two (2) new drydocks
- Large drydock measuring approximately 100 m long x 30 m wide x 10 m high
- Small drydock measuring approximately 55 m long x 22 m wide x 8 m high
- Installation of a new work pontoon measuring 98 m long x 13 m wide x 4 m high
- Installation of three (3) ramps to connect the work pontoon to the drydocks, and the work pontoon to the pier
- Other miscellaneous works such as the location of utilities and lights on the new or relocated structures
Should the proposed project be approved, construction is expected to take approximately three to four months to complete. The drydocks and work pontoon would arrive fully constructed by water.
Visit the Applicant’s website for more information about the proposed project.
Public engagement materials
Project information guide
June 2021: Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion: Project Information Guide [PDF]
Information session presentation – To be uploaded July 14, 2021
Information session recording – To be uploaded July 14, 2021
Project description and drawings
June 2021: Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion: Appendix 1 – Engineering Drawings [PDF]
June 2021: Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion: Appendix 5 – Utilities Plan [PDF]
June 2021: Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion: Appendix 14 – Bathymetry Chart [PDF]
June 2021: Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion: Seaspan Water lot Fire Safety Plan [PDF]
June 2021: Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion: Seaspan drydock expansion – Fire Access Plan [PDF]
Studies and reports
Construction Environmental Management Plan
View and shade renderings
For more information about Seaspan’s proposed project, please go to their website or contact George Geatros, by email or phone at 604.990.1847
Please note, when receiving public feedback as part of the PER process, the port authority may collect your personal information, i.e., your name, contact information and personal views and opinions, to inform the PER process for a proposed project or amendment. Your personal information may be disclosed to third parties, such as our tenants, in order for them to respond directly to you or help inform our response. You are entitled to submit a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner office here.