The Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) has awarded a $55.45 million contract to Pomerleau Inc. for the demolition of the existing “B” Jetty at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt and preparing the site for future rebuilding work.
The existing jetties, “A” and “B”, were originally designed for ships that were smaller and lighter than today’s modern Canadian Patrol Frigates. As such, they are not long enough or deep enough to accommodate modern ships.
The ongoing project at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt provides the Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet with structurally sound docking facilities which will be functionally optimal for the berthing of Canada’s modern frigates and for newly designed vessels joining the fleet between 2018 and the mid-2040s, Government of Canada said in its release.
Following the demolition of “B” Jetty, the rebuilding of a new “B” Jetty will begin and the demolition and rebuilding of “A” Jetty will begin once “B” jetty is operational.
The new jetty facilities will be longer and more versatile, according to the official announcement.
The A/B Jetty Recapitalization Project will include:
- Decommissioning, demolition and disposal of existing “A” and “B” jetties, equipment, jetty cranes, buildings and utility services;
- Dredging of the seabed and blasting of bedrock within the jetty footprint to achieve sufficient water depth for ship operations;
- Remediation of contaminated sediments through dredging and disposal or capping;
- Construction of the jetty substructure including: retaining walls, piles, beams and service access tunnels;
- Construction of the jetty decking and the placement of utility and service lines in the below-deck tunnels;
- Grading and paving of expanded Jetty-Apron space to improve access to berthed ships;
- Construction of electrical sub-station, ancillary buildings and two rail mounted cranes associated with jetty operations.