Salish Sea Industrial Services completes 1.8 Million Ship Point Repair project

VICTORIA - Salish Sea Industrial Services Inc. has successfully completed work on the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) and the City of Victoria $1.8 Million Ship Point Repair project.

The GVHA and the City shared the cost for the project, with work beginning in late October of last year. The Registered Aboriginal Business officially completed work on the project on May 10, maintaining the agreed-upon budget.

“The project involved a lot of demolition, including the removal and disposal of 400 tonnes of asphalt,” says Rob Menzies, Estimator and Project Manager for Salish Sea. “Once the dock was opened up, we exposed the structural beams underneath. We then put in 38 new steel pipe pilings to depths of up to 108 feet.”

“Ship Point is an integral part of the Inner Harbour, providing a platform for dozens of community events, celebrations, and fundraisers each year,” said Ian Robertson, CEO of GVHA in a recent press release. “We are pleased to have Ship Point back in service prior to the busy summer season in time for events such as the Victoria Cool Aid Society Homecoming Gala, Northwest Deuce Days, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, and weekend artisans’ marketplace.”

The old pier and north apron of Ship Point form the project’s original structure, with pier extension construction occurring in 1979. In 2017, a detailed structural analysis of Ship Point was undertaken, and it was determined that the structure needed critical repair work.

The request for a bid came out in September, 2018, which is when Menzies put together an estimate on behalf of Salish Sea. The much-needed repair work focussed on replacing components of a structure originally built in 1949.

Launched in 2012, Salish Sea Industrial Services Ltd. (SSIS) is a marine construction business owned jointly by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations in partnership with The Ralmax Group, the parent company of 11 integrated industrial businesses all with a connection to Victoria harbour.

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