This capital infrastructure project will see the mooring dolphin extended by 58 metres for the safe moorage of newer classes of ships calling to Pier B of the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal.
Simply put, a mooring dolphin is a pier extension. While Pier B has a mooring dolphin, this capital project is doubling the length of the current structure.
Work will resume in fall 2019.
Feb. 5, 2019: Update regarding Pier B Mooring Dolphin Extension
Following the unfortunate loss at sea of the large-diameter pile shipment for the Pier B mooring dolphin extension in early December, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) proceeded with a modified design using smaller diameter piles.
The change in design required GVHA to source steel from the North American market. The requirements for steel were stringent, with safety and long-term stability of utmost concern. Unfortunately, no pre-cast steel that met these standards was available through any North American supplier.
We decided to move forward with a two-step approach: to work with the BC Pilots Association and Royal Caribbean International on testing options for safe moorage of the Ovation of the Seas at Pier A South, and to revert to our original plan of a large-diameter pile structure.
Following testing with the BC Pilots Association and Royal Caribbean on Feb. 1, 2019, the decision has been made to have the Ovation of the Seas berth at Pier A South for the 2019 cruise season.
The large-diameter pile has been reordered through our contractor and is expected to be delivered later this summer. Construction of the pier extension will now take place in late-summer and be completed for the 2020 cruise season.
Throughout this process, our team communicated and worked closely with Royal Caribbean International to ensure that they were updated on our project and options for the Ovation of the Seas. Royal Caribbean International reiterated their commitment to the Victoria Cruise Terminal and the desire for their guests to disembark and visit our amazing city.
The changes to our plans do not impact the funding support from the Government of Canada. In addition, GVHA is now able to remain close to our original capital project budget of $6.8 million.
We look forward to welcoming the Ovation of the Seas for her inaugural call on Sunday, May 12.
Jan. 10, 2019: Update regarding Pier B Mooring Dolphin Extension
In early December, the large diameter pile shipment for the mooring dolphin extension was lost at sea approximately 250 nautical miles from Vancouver.
While the organization faced a set back, we’re moving forward with an back up plan to offset the impact of this loss with a modified design using smaller diameter piles.
GVHA has cost contingencies in place in case an event such as this occurred, as per industry practice.
We’ve been in touch with our partners, contractors, and suppliers to move forward with this new option.
We anticipate a delay in our construction schedule and we are working on options with Royal Caribbean International to safely welcome the Ovation of the Seas on her scheduled early-season calls.
The timing is delayed slightly, but we are working aggressively to catch up to be ready for the start of the 2019 cruise season.
Nov. 22, 2018: Falsework construction piles north of the existing dolphin fender.
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