1802 jetty dredging
Piles from the demolished B Jetty crane at high tide. The piles and rock anchors will be cut after dredging.
Piles from the demolished B Jetty crane at high tide. The piles and rock anchors will be cut after dredging.


The $781-million A/B Jetty Recapitalization Project at CFB Esquimalt has achieved a key milestone with the successful contract award that includes the demolition of the 1940s wooden B Jetty in the Esquimalt dockyard.

Dredging under the jetty footprint is next, along with a new electrical substation, utility corridor, tank farm, and a filter press for separating oil from ships’ bilge water, says Erin Rice, Team Leader, Construction Services. DCC is providing services to DND in support of the highly complex $55.5-million B Jetty demolition and site preparation contract, with completion expected September 2019.

In the past five to seven years, we’ve dealt with very complicated projects in the dockyard and we’ve learned something with every one of them,” says DCC Site Manager Rick Gudz.

One unexpected discovery was garbage landfilled in an excavation site behind a seawall, requiring the team to address potential safety risks such as asbestos, and revise the disposal plan. With the marine dredging work, DND expects to encounter UXOs (unexploded explosive ordnance) and archaeological items, so DCC has retained specialized consultants in both these fields.

“Along with general contractor WestPro, a division of Pomerleau Inc., and design partner Stantec Inc., DCC’s expertise comprises an integrated team of mechanical, electrical, civil, marine, and environmental coordinators.

Gudz, who is retiring with 35 years’ service to DCC, is pleased to see DCC’s opinions, experienced team and collaborative approach valued in the stakeholder discussions needed for such major projects. And he’s proud of his team's support to this project, and its economic impact to local industry. “Any time we bring a project of this magnitude, it gives tremendous opportunity to our community, to the contractors, suppliers and professionals that benefit.”

Dredged materials are processed by this barge-mounted treatment plant including UXO removal, materials cleaned and sorted and treated water returned to the ocean.
Dredged materials are processed by this barge-mounted treatment plant including UXO removal, materials cleaned and sorted and treated water returned to the ocean.


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