Western Canada Marine Response Corporation | Oil Spill Emergency Response Base

November 24, 2016

Project status

Permit amendment under review

In August 2022, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (the Applicant) submitted a request to extend the expiry date of the approved project permit PER No. 16-290 for works located at 2800 Commissioner Street, 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 August 15 and September 13, 2022. The port authority will conduct formal consultation activities with stakeholders and Indigenous groups. 

About the proposed amendment:

The permit holder, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, has requested an additional extension to the expiry date of the approved project permit (PER No. 16-290) to complete the installation of their modular office building. The request is limited to upland works and is intended to align the project schedule with other construction projects in the area. The original permit approved the construction of an oil spill emergency response base at 2800 Commissioner Street, Vancouver.

The approved works are comprised of marine piles and floats, riparian shore protection, two upland buildings and site services, and a paved parking area. This extension would allow the works to occur up to July 31, 2023.

Permit amendment issued

In April 2022, amendment PER No. 16-290-02 was issued to Western Canada Marine Response. The amendment approved a request to extend the expiry date of the approved project permit (PER No. 16-290) at 2800 Commissioner Street, Vancouver, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

About the amendment:

The amendment extends the expiry date of the approved project permit (PER No. 16-290) from November 31, 2021 to July 31, 2022. The original permit approved the construction of an oil spill emergency response base at 2800 Commissioner Street, Vancouver. The approved works are comprised of marine piles and floats, riparian shore protection, two upland buildings and site services, and a paved parking area.

Permit amendment issued

On July 22, 2020, a minor amendment, PER No. 16-290-01, was approved by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The amendment extended both the commencement and expiry date for the permit. The permit was due to commence on February 10, 2020 and expire February 28, 2021. The commencement date was amended to begin December 10, 2020 and expire November 30, 2021.

Permit issued

On May 15, 2017, a project permit was issued to Western Canada Marine Response Corporation to develop the Oil Spill Emergency Response Base project at 2800 Commissioner Street, in Vancouver, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 44 permit conditions which Western Canada Marine Response Corporation must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

For more information about the project and construction activities, please visit Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s website.

About the project

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation proposes to construct an oil spill emergency response base in Burrard Inlet. This proposed base is part of a larger expansion planned to meet enhanced response requirements associated with the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Western Canada Marine Response Corporation was engaged by Trans Mountain to review the Trans Mountain Expansion Project risk assessment and spill modeling studies, and recommend enhancements to the existing federal spill response planning standards for British Columbia. Western Canada Marine Response Corporation provided a draft equipment plan that would be capable of meeting the enhanced planning standards. This plan was submitted to the National Energy Board as part of the facilities application for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The proposed base would serve as a permanent centre from which staff and equipment would be deployed to meet oil spill response requirements. The proposed base would host the majority of vessels moored within Burrard Inlet to provide initial rapid oil‐spill response along shipping routes and within the local area.

The proposed base is anticipated to handle three barges, five response vessels, and moorage for one of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services’ new fireboats. Vessels would be fueled offsite.

During operation, the proposed response base would be operated twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year with staffing minimized during night shift hours.

Proposed project activities and components include:

Wharf/Marine-based

  • Maintenance of existing concrete wharf including placement of asphalt re-surfacing, with crowning, on top of existing concrete wharf;
  • Repairing of concrete abutment beam;
  • Removal of concrete wall on western edge of concrete wharf;
  • Installation of timber bull rails and safety ladders around the perimeter of the existing concrete wharf;
  • Painting of a large corporate logo on the upward surface of the existing concrete wharf;
  • Installation of one 2.4 m wide x 24 m long aluminum gangway and piled steel support platform;
  • Installation of 14 steel pipe piles to moor and berth barges and vessels.
  • Construction (off-site) and installation of a concrete landing float and a 100 m long x 3.0 m wide concrete float and,
  • Installation of sewage pump-out on float.

Riparian

  • Placement of a concrete lock block retaining wall, along the existing wharf, to stabilize and retain fill for the upland parking area, and to provide a ramp access to the existing wharf. and,
  • Placement of approximately 62 m (778 m3) of riprap shore protection along the foreshore.

Upland

  • Removal of existing catch basin and placement of new pavement and storm water drainage (catch basin, pipe, oil/water interceptor) for the parking area;
  • Installation of an in-ground sewage lift station;
  • Construction of water supply to floats and office buildings;
  • Installation of electrical utilities for the floats and office buildings;
  • Installation of two single-storey Britco-type modular office trailers (each measuring 4.3 m (14 ft.) wide x 18.3 (60 ft.) long), for a footprint of 78.7 m2; and,
  • Provision of 24 parking stalls.

Lighting Details, Excavation, Schedule and Other

  • Installation of lighting for the upland area, wharf, and float;
  • Dock lighting to be “Dark Sky Certified” and located at dock ground level; and
  • Lighting on the concrete wharf and parking area to be shielded (downward facing) and utilized on an as needed basis. Trailer lighting will be shielded by the retaining wall to the south.

Resources

September 2022 – Updated Construction notification: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
April 2022 – Amendment PER No. 16-290-02: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
July 2020 – Amendment PER No. 16-290-01: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
March 2021 – Construction notification: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
September 2020 – Construction notification: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
July 2020 – Approved Project Permit Extension: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
February 2019 – Approved Project Permit Extension: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
April 2018 – Approved Project Permit Extension: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
May 2017 – Approved Project Permit (PP2016-290): WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
May 2017 – Project and Environmental Review Report: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
May 2017 – Project Permit Application Public and Stakeholder Engagement Summary Report: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Form: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Form Appendix A: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 1 Concordance Table: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 2 Marine Spill Response on the West Coast: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 3 Class ‘A’ Estimate: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 4 Overview of Potential Project Effects: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 5 Navigation Impact Assessment: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 6 Project Lighting: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 7 Community Presentation: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 8 Introduction Letter to Aboriginal Groups: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 9 Spill and Emergency Response Plan: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 10 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 11 Archaeological Potential Preliminary Assessment: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base (Confidential: Received and filed)
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 12 Terrestrial Biophysical Survey Report: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 13 Aquatic Effects Assessment: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 14 Noise Assessment Screening: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 15 Construction Environmental Management Plan: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]
October 2016 – Project Permit Application Schedule 16 Project Renderings: WCMRC Oil Spill Emergency Response Base [PDF]

Contact information

For more information about Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s proposed project, please go to their website or contact Michael Lowry, Manager, Communications by email or phone at 604-293-3380.

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