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Government of Canada

March 28, 2013 13:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Esquimalt Graving Dock Remediation

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 28, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta-Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced the awarding of a $38.6-million contract to Tervita Corporation for the remediation of the Esquimalt Graving Dock water lot.

"Our Government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Ambrose. "Through this project, we are not only cleaning up the seabed surrounding the dock, but also creating jobs and investing in the economic foundation of this community."

"The ship repair and building industry has a proud history in British Columbia," said Minister Findlay. "This investment will create jobs and economic growth, while ensuring our environment is protected for future generations."

The Esquimalt Graving Dock has been used for the repair and maintenance of military and civilian vessels since 1927. Decades of work at the dock have contributed to sediment contamination in the seabed around the facility. This project will ensure that the water lot meets federal and provincial environmental standards and will deliver jobs and important economic benefits to the region's economy over the next year.

Together, initiatives such as the Esquimalt Graving Dock Water Lot Remediation Project and others included in the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 will continue to promote economic growth, job creation and long-term prosperity for all Canadians.

The overall remediation project involves three components: constructing an erosion protection sheet pile wall around the south jetty (currently underway); dredging the contaminated sediment and disposing of it in licensed landfills; and creating new fish habitat. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) awarded a $6.5-million contract for the construction of the sheet pile wall in September 2012 to Salish Sea Joint Venture.

The Esquimalt Graving Dock Water Lot Remediation Project is funded through the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, which is coordinated by Environment Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and provides funding to assess and remediate federal contaminated sites.

PWGSC is committed to a fair, open and transparent tendering process. Contracting for the other components of this remediation project will be conducted through the Government Electronic Tendering System (MERX).

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Background

ESQUIMALT GRAVING DOCK-Water lot remediation Project

The Esquimalt Graving Dock (EGD) is an open access public ship repair facility that supports the local ship repair industry and fleet owners. As the EGD is an open access facility, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) provides infrastructure, services, and multi-user access to the dry dock, on a fee-for-service basis, to a variety of ship repair firms that perform work on domestic and foreign vessels. The EGD remains of strategic importance to the Government of Canada; therefore, PWGSC is committed to ensuring it continues as an open access public ship repair facility that supports the local ship repair industry and fleet owners.

The EGD water lot is located on the north shore of Constance Cove in Esquimalt Harbour. The EGD has been used for the repair and maintenance of military and civilian vessels since 1927 and has contributed to sediment contamination in the seabed adjacent to the facility. This project will ensure that the water lot is remediated to meet federal and provincial environmental standards.

The project involves three components: constructing an erosion protection sheet pile wall around the south jetty to isolate the contamination under the jetty; open water remediation by dredging the contaminated sediment and disposing of it off-site; and creating new fish habitat. The open water remediation is the primary part of the overall project. The work items include: structure demolition and disposal; temporary structure relocation and re-installation; water-based dredging and removal of approximately 149,630 cubic metres of contaminated sediment and associated debris by barge; upland transport and disposal of contaminated sediment at permitted Canadian disposal facilities; and placement of clean sand and rock armour on portions of the seabed in the water lot.

The EGD Water Lot Remediation Project is funded by the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, which is coordinated by Environment Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat to provide funding to assess and remediate federal contaminated sites.

PWGSC will address the major objectives of the project through the following key activities:

  • planning for remediation works, including supplementary investigations, options analysis, permit/approval acquisition, remedial design, and contracting;

  • remediating the majority of sediment contamination through removal to off-site disposal facilities;

  • conducting environmental monitoring during the work;

  • carrying out risk management on a small portion of sediment contamination that will remain on the site; and

  • conducting post-remediation confirmatory sampling and monitoring.

The primary contaminants of concern include metals (i.e., arsenic, copper, lead, and zinc), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Contact Information

  • Amber Irwin
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    819-956-2315