Pacific Coast Terminals – Berm Construction & Dredging

This project aided in decreasing the amount of marine traffic in the Burrard Inlet to Pacific Coast Terminals by making room for larger carriers. The purpose of the project was to enlarge the turning basin for these larger carriers. To achieve this, a rock berm was placed in the harbour to contain the material removed from the current turning basin. The material was dredged utilizing both hydraulic and mechanical methods and placed behind the berm.

FRPD acquired the services of an engineering team to collaborate on the design based on the preliminary containment berm concepts provided by Pacific Coast Terminals. The scope of work included:

  • Design of berm
  • Supply of 160,000 tonnes of berm core, and slope protection material
  • In water transport of the core and slope protection material
  • 152,000 tonnes of Core material (6” minus) placement
  • 8,000 tonnes of Slope material (3” x 30”) placement
  • Hydrographic Survey
  • PAH impacted dredging
  • 400,000 m3 of Dredging
  • In water transport of dredge material to berm

This project involved tight tolerance placement and dredging, which took advantage of FRPD’s state of the art survey software systems.

FRPD Wins 2018 VRCA Silver Award of Excellence

Fraser River Pile & Dredge (FRPD) and its joint venture partner, BEL Contracting, were recently awarded for their work on the Fairview Container Terminal – Phase 2 North Expansion project in Prince Rupert, B.C. The two companies won silver in the over $50 million category of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s (VRCA) 30th Annual Awards of Excellence. “This year, we received a record-setting 205 nominations with a total construction value of more than $2 billion dollars.” said Tony Everett, chairman of VRCA’s Awards of Excellence Committee. “As judges, we were impressed by how companies overcame a range of challenges, from engineering and design firsts to building in difficult weather conditions.”

The project scope, undertaken in 2015, included the development of a new berth expansion, upgrades to the existing caisson wharf, new mooring dolphin, new empty container stacking yard, and new container storage yards. Despite challenging ground conditions and ongoing operations at the terminal, the project was completed on time and on budget. No small accomplishment, as noted by the VRCA award judges in their remarks and recognized by Maksim Mihic, general manager of DP World (Canada) Inc. which operates the terminal. “We have successfully completed expansion projects with this team in the past.” said Mihic. “They are all premier companies in their category — and not surprisingly, they delivered a quality product this time too.”

“FRPD and our partners at BEL Contracting and Kingston Construction are very proud of winning the silver award and of our involvement in the Fairview expansion project,” said FRPD CEO Sarah Clark in an emailed statement. “This project was a success due to the collaboration with DP World and the Prince Rupert Port Authority, the tremendous support from the community and the commitment from our suppliers and subcontractors. We look forward to working in Prince Rupert again.”

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Maintenance Dredging and Sand Management

The lower reaches of the Fraser River are surrounded by the greater metropolitan area of Vancouver with the waterways and foreshore area forming an integral part of Port Metro Vancouver and British Columbia s economy. Every year the river dumps 20 million tons of sediment into the ocean with the majority of the deposition occurring during the Spring freshet.  As the flow rate subsides the suspended sediments settle in the river system including the 34km long deep sea navigation channel.  In order to maintain the depth required for the deep sea vessels to navigate the channel safely the settled material needs to be dredged.

Since the contract was awarded to FRPD, FRPD has met the challenges in annually maintaining channel grade in a dynamic river system as well as selling a large portion of the sand to the local construction industry.  Each year both FRPD and the Port Authority have worked close together to ensure that dredging is carried out in the priority areas as well as staying within the Port Authority s operational budgets.

FRPD Wins Gold Award of Excellence

On October 25, 2017, Fraser River Pile & Dredge GP (FRPD) was recognized for being a standout in B.C.’s construction industry as one of only 15 Gold Award winners at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s (VRCA) 29th Annual Awards of Excellence held in Vancouver, B.C. “VRCA’s Awards of Excellence showcase the best of the best,“ said Fiona Famulak, President of the VRCA. “BC’s construction industry is the most progressive in the country and the Awards allow us to recognize the collaboration, innovation and professionalism that our members bring to their projects – the complex, state-of-the-art infrastructure that we use every day,” she continued.

Sarah Clark, Mike Bevan-Pritchard, Brent Bevan-Pritchard, and Mike Scott, on behalf of FRPD, alongside Harald Kullman, Kim Stegman-Lowe, Robert Crompton, and Karen Denis were on hand to accept the Gold Award in the category of “General Contractors – $20 to $45 Million” for the recently completed Squamish Terminals – Berth 1 Reconstruction project.

As Canada’s largest Marine & Infrastructure, Land Foundations and Dredging contractor, FRPD was thrilled to have been contracted for the project by Squamish Terminals in 2015, after fire had destroyed their Berth 1 dock. The project scope included demolition, construction & densification, and installation of steel and concrete replacements and was successfully completed in August, 2016.

Kim Stegeman-Lowe, President, Squamish Terminals had this to say about the project, “Thank you to our marine contractor Fraser River Pile & Dredge (FRPD), and our marine engineer and project manager Advisian – WorleyParsons Group for ensuring this complex dock rebuild was on-time and on budget. The great cooperation between FRPD and Advisian, as well as the support and patience of our employees, customers, partners, and community was the key to completing the dock and opening it back up to operation in 10 months.”

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DP World opens the expanded Fairview Terminal

FPRD in partnership with Bel Contracting and Kingston Construction completed the $200 million expansion on time in July 2017.  The Joint Venture was awarded the contract in 2015 to build the expansion designed for a capacity increase from 850,000 TEUs to 1.35M TEUs per year.   FRPD also successfully completed the first phase of this terminal.  Congratulations to the Port of Prince Rupert, DP World and CN Rail for their commitment to seeing the vison for this facility through.

Randle Reef Environmental Remediation Project

FRPD with their partner Milestone Environmental Contracting were awarded the contract for the Randle Reef Environmental Remediation Project.  This project is in the southwest corner of Hamilton Habour, the Randle Reef site is approximately 60 hectares (120 football fields) in size. The site contains approximately 695,000 cubic meters of sediment contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and other toxic chemicals – the largest PAH-contaminated sediment site on the Canadian Great Lakes. The contamination is often described as “a spill in slow motion” due to the continuing slow spread of contaminants across the Harbour floor and uptake into the food chain of the Harbour ecosystem. PAH contamination at Randle Reef is a legacy of a variety of past industrial processes dating back to the 1800s. There were multiple sources of contamination including coal gasification, petroleum refining, steel making, municipal waste, sewage and overland drainage.

Watch Environment and Climate Change Canada’s animated video describing the clean-up of the Randle Reef contaminated sediment site, the largest Canadian contaminated sediment site on the Great Lakes. The video provides an overview of how the clean-up of Randle Reef will take place over a 7-year period.

Fairview Container Terminal - Phase II North

The project provided a second deep-water berth, four additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to further expand the container yard. On-dock rail trackage was also expanded through densification of the current track configuration, supported by a rubber-tired gantry crane operation.


Squamish Terminal Opens

On August 29, 2016 Squamish Terminals welcomed its first vessel to the rebuilt west berth. The new $30 million dock is constructed entirely of non-combustible material – steel and concrete. About 120 high capacity, heavy steel pipe piles were used to support all the structures, and the deck was constructed out of high capacity, low permeable concrete for durability, and designed for heavier modern terminal equipment. The main deck is about 135 metres long and 33 metres wide. A gangway landing platform was added to expand the length of the deck by 35 metres for more efficient operations. Ground improvements were also made to bring the structure up to seismic standards, substantially improving the reliability of Squamish Terminals in the event of an earthquake.

B.C. Ferries Tsawwassen Berth 1 Berth Rebuild

FRPD successfully completed the removal of existing, and rebuilt new marine structures at the BC Ferry Berth 1 Terminal in Tsawwassen, BC.

Facilities Maintenance

Providing maintenance, repair and upgrading services to our customers has been a core part of FRPD s business since its inception in 1911. Our customer s operations are located on virtually all areas of the West Coast including Vancouver Island and the Fraser River. Individual businesses have unique needs that vary widely and FRPD is known for being able to provide personal service to each and every one of them. The services they require a range from the annual dredging of their waterlot facilities to routine maintenance and upgrading of their floating and shoreline structures. FRPD prides itself on its ability to continually attract new customers and retain the many others that we have had the privilege of serving for decades.