Esquimalt Graving Dock: Construction and maintenance projects

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Learn about the current, upcoming and previous construction and maintenance projects to enhance the Esquimalt Graving Dock (EGD)’s infrastructure. The EGD is the largest non-military hard-bottom dry dock on the west coast of the Americas and the largest in Canada.

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Enhancing the Esquimalt Graving Dock’s infrastructure

The Esquimalt Graving Dock is a strategic infrastructure asset. It serves the vital needs of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard fleets on the West Coast. It also supports and strengthens the West Coast industrial marine sector by providing a world-class ship repair, refit and maintenance centre of excellence. It is an open-access, multi-user secure facility.

The Esquimalt Graving Dock was built almost 100 years ago. Many of the legacy and underground infrastructure are in need of repair or replacement.

Over the last 4 years, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has invested in the Esquimalt Graving Dock for numerous projects related to:

Independent studies concluded that ship repair infrastructure on Canada’s West Coast is in short supply. They found that demand for the dock will exceed capacity by 2023.

We must also ensure that the government has the marine infrastructure it needs to support the vessels built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) in the long term.

As part of our normal management of the site, we review the rates periodically to ensure that they are fair and contribute to a financially sustainable facility.

Respecting traditional Indigenous Lands

The Esquimalt Graving Dock is located in the municipality of Esquimalt, British Columbia, adjacent to the provincial capital of Victoria and within the traditional Coastal Salish territories of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.

Upcoming project

PSPC is planning the following project:

Repair and extension of the east end of the graving dock

Location
Esquimalt, British Columbia
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Type of project
Repair and extension
Project description

The project will repair and extend the eastern end of the dry dock by 36 metres. It is currently 357 metres long. This extension will add about 20% capacity to the Esquimalt Graving Dock.

This project will allow the Esquimalt Graving Dock to increase its capacity to lodge vessels up to 150 metres long.

This extension is a critical step in short-term expansion of the capacity of the dock. It will:

  • reduce sustainment costs for the Canada’s West Coast fleets
  • and increase revenues for PSPC
Contract award
A construction contract was awarded to Pomerleau Inc. on July 20, 2021
Construction tender
In March 2021, PSPC posted a construction tender for the project to repair and extend the east end dock.

Previous projects

Discover more about the 9 projects completed over the last few years.

Replacement of the north landing wharf substation (completed February 2021)

Project description
Replacement of the obsolete electrical substation on the North Landing Wharf with new electrical distribution to dockside kiosks
Construction firm
Tender awarded to CYMI Canada Inc. (December 20, 2018)
Value
$18.74 million
Project status
Completed February 2021

Caisson mid-life refurbishment (completed February 2021)

Project description
Mid-life refurbishment of the 2 caissons, with modernized electrical, mechanical systems and new perimeter seals and protective coating
Construction firms
Value
$9.65 million
Project status
Completed February 2021

Replacement of main substation north (completed 2020)

Project description
Replacement of the main (north) substation with a new code-compliant one and electrical safety update
Construction firm
Tender awarded to Scansa Construction Ltd. (December 5, 2017)
Value
$15.8 million
Project status
Completed 2020

Replacement of south jetty (completed 2020)

Project description

Replacement of the aged jetty removed due to deteriorating wooden piles and the need to remediate the under-pier waterlot.

The project restored 9,600 square metres of surface and about 350 metres of wet berthage, providing full-service kiosks along the perimeter.

Construction firms
Value
$45.8 million
Project status
Completed 2020

Replacement of electrical switchgear in south substation (completed 2017)

Project description
Replacement of the electrical switchgear in the south substation. The high- and low-voltage electrical distribution equipment was at the end of its useful life.
Construction firm
Tender awarded to Scansa Construction Ltd. (April 7, 2016)
Value
$12.8 million
Project status
Completed October 2017
Total cost of this project was $18.9 million.

Replacement of electrical supply on north landing wharf (completed 2017)

Project description
Replacement of obsolete underground high- and low-voltage (12.5 kilovolts) electrical cabling and ductwork on the north landing wharf. This project aimed to ensure that an essential electrical supply was available at the north landing wharf substation.
Construction firm
Tender awarded to Brunnell Construction Ltd. (February 9, 2016)
Value
$2.7 million
Total cost of this project was $5.2 million.
Project status
Completed March 2017

Replacement of the pump house substation and the electrical equipment in the service entrance substation (completed 2017)

Project description
Replacement of obsolete electrical equipment in the new substation. The high- and low-voltage electrical distribution equipment at the service entrance and in the pump house was at the end of its useful life. This project eliminated the risk of failing equipment as the old system’s failure could have caused electrical disruptions, affecting facility operations.
Construction firm
Tender awarded to Scansa Construction Ltd. (September 24, 2015)
Value
$17.5 million
Total cost of this project was $22.8 million.
Project status
Completed July 2017

Electrical project at south substation (completed 2017)

Project description
Replacement of the obsolete underground high-voltage (12.5 kilovolts) transmission lines and ductwork. It aimed to ensure an essential electrical supply was available at the south side electrical substation of the Esquimalt Graving Dock.
Construction firm
Tender awarded to Brunnell Construction Ltd. (August 11, 2015)
Value
$2.65 million
The total cost of the project was $6.7 million.
Project status
Completed February 2017

Waterlot remediation: Phase 2 (completed 2016)

Project description

This phase completed 5 years of work on the waterlot remediation project, which remediated the entire waterlot of the EGD from contamination accumulated from almost 100 years of ship repair activities. The project included:

  • re-driving the existing containment wall
  • designing and installing a temporary barrier around the perimeter to prevent sediment settled on the bottom of the harbour from redistributing through the recently remediated open waterlot
  • removing the contaminated materials
  • placing a specialty engineered capping on the seabed
  • removing the containment wall
Construction firm
Tender awarded to MNQM Contracting Ltd. (August 21, 2015), a partnership between Malahat Nation and Quantum Murray
Value
$26.9 million
The total cost for phase 2 was $36.2 million. The full cost of the EGD waterlot remediation project was $99.5 million.
Project status
Completed December 2016

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