Public Notice

Permanent Relocation of Barge Maintenance Terminal - Public Comments Invited

March 15, 2021 – As part of its Project and Environmental Review process, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority must determine whether the proposed Permanent Relocation of Barge Maintenance Terminal, located at the Seaspan ULC facility, 10 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.  Written comments to be received by April 13, 2021.

To help inform this determination and a decision on whether or not to approve the proposed project, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination. All comments received will be considered public and may be posted online. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by April 13, 2021 via the online commenting tool or to:

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Project and Environmental Review
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, B.C. Canada, V6C 3T4


The Proposed Project

Seaspan ULC proposes to permanently relocate their Barge Maintenance Terminal adjacent to their facility at 10 Pemberton Avenue in North Vancouver. 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.

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