“FRPD 309” first Pump-ashore Project

The “FRPD 309”, the company’s new 4600 cubic meter trailing suction hopper dredge started its first project using the pump ashore capability this week. This is an exciting new piece of technology for this market where by the sand that the vessel dredges from the Navigation Channel is transported to a site and pumped directly ashore into a stockpile. Previously the sand had to be dumped into an underwater transfer pit and then pumped ashore using a cutter suction dredge.

Schedule Critical for Little River and Westview ferry terminals

Fraser River Pile and Dredge crews are working hard to set up for the shutdown period early in the New Year to ensure that all of the remaining terminal rebuild work can be completed at both ends of the Powell River to Comox route within scheduled time. Work is progressing well and according to plan on these projects totalling $19M in value.

Westview Terminal Pellet Handling Facility

In 2012 Pinnacle Renewable Energy developed a $50M Wood Pellet Handling Facility on the west shoreline of Prince Rupert BC. FRPD was contracted to complete the marine structures, land sheet pile cofferdams, and erect the ship loader. This project involved the construction of 4 massive 140′ tall pellet silos, underground conveyor pits, and train access, allowing Pinnacle Pellets to load pellets from their BC interior operations direct to Asia-Pacific shipping routes.

FRPD’s scope of work included construction of the trestle, the berthing dolphins and the ship loader platform. FRPD also erected the impressive ship loading structure which ties the underground unloading pits to an elevation of 100′ above sea level, allowing marine load out.

“FRPD 309” reduces its Carbon Footprint

Fraser River Pile and Dredge’s new trailing suction hopper dredge the “FRPD 309” started work this week with two new main propulsion engines that are rated “Tier 2”. These engines are rated at nearly 5300kW and were “Tier 0” prior to replacement. This commitment to improving our fleet and reducing our carbon footprint is just another way in which FRPD demonstrates its tag line – “We set the Standard”. September 2013

FRPD Using State of the Art Positioning Equipment for Environmental Dredging Project in Esquimalt Harbour

FRPD is using a state of the art positioning system on three clam shell dredges in conjunction with environmental buckets to remove underwater contaminated soil from the sea bottom in Esquimalt Harbour. Working under a subcontract for Tervita’s contract with Defense Construction we are dredging some very complicated cuts to fully contained flat scows. The material is towed and then off loaded and trucked to Tervita’s disposal facility. August 2013

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron Facility

The $104-million home for 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at the Victoria International Airport opened its doors in mid-June 2014.  The 215,280-square-foot building will consolidate Squadron operations into one building, down from seven, with the aim of improving efficiency throughout its operations. Nine Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters are on order to replace the current six aging Sea Kings. FRPD won the contract to supply and install 1180 steel pipe piles, including 201 H-Piles, 434 pipe piling and 545 drilled pipe piling c/w 4m open hole rock sockets utilizing state of the art rotary percussion drilling technology. Of the 545 drilled piling, 520 were designed and installed on a batter of 1V to 3H.

Port Mann Bridge / Highway 1 Improvement Project (PMH1)

The Port Mann Highway 1 Project involved the construction of a new 10 lane bridge spanning the Fraser River and in excess of 80 lane kilometers of new highway passing through Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey and into Langley. This $2.6B Infrastructure project was one of the largest projects constructed in North America in recent history and also includes work on 42 new and existing overpass structures.

FRPD Partners with Local First Nations in Prince Rupert

Fraser River Pile & Dredge formed a partnership earlier this year with the Metlakatla First Nation and the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation for construction of a wood pellet receiving and load-out facility in Prince Rupert Harbour, known as the Pinnacle Pellet Project. This was an important step in FRPD’s ongoing proactive approach to working with Local First Nations, throughout the province, to provide economic benefit and capacity building opportunities for First Nations peoples derived from projects constructed within their Traditional Territories. We believe that the level trust developed between the parties, through implementation of this agreement, will lead to further opportunities to collaborate on a number of other major projects proposed for the area.

Waneta Dam Dredging

The $900 million Waneta Expansion adds a second powerhouse located immediately downstream of the Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Oreille River. The expansion shares the existing hydraulic head and generates power from water that would otherwise be spilled. Output from the new powerhouse is stepped-up to 230 kV and delivered to BC Hydro’s Selkirk Substation through a new 10 km transmission line. The expansion produces clean, renewable, cost-effective, power for all British Columbians.

As part of this expansion FRPD was contracted by the ASL JV (SNC-Lavalin and AECON) to suction dredge contaminated material, pump this material to area where both the solids and water were treated. FRPD, through the use of turbidity barriers, were able to meet very strict environmental requirements.

GIG Partners Play Major Role VSY Modernization Project

Earlier this year Vancouver Shipyards was awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to build non-combat vessels under the Canadian Governments National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. In preparation for vessel construction VSY is spending in excess of 200 million dollars on upgrades to its existing facilities. Gateway Infrastructure Group is playing a major role in the upgrade program with four contracts awarded to date worth approximately 18.0 million dollars. GIG is one of a number of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation partner companies working on the project and is by far the leader in that regard accounting for almost 33% of all First Nations participation on the project.