March 6, 2015 5:48 pm

Navy dockyard jetty construction cost climbs to $78 million

Artist's rendering of the new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, set to be built in Halifax.

Royal Canadian Navy

HALIFAX – The price tag of a future jetty to house Canada’s new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships has climbed $3 million in the past three months.

In December 2014, an advance notice of procurement estimated the new jetty would cost $75 million. Friday morning, the construction tender was published with a total value of $78 million.

The custom project will reshape the CFB Halifax dockyard. Named “Jetty NJ”, it will be approximately 247 metres long and will extend 29 metres into the harbour in 12 metre deep water.

The jetty will serve as the new home for the yet to be built vessels outlined in the $25 billion shipbuilding contract, awarded to the Irving Shipyard in 2010.

A diagram included in a Royal Canadian Navy presentation seems to indicate the new jetty could accommodate four ships.


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The project would require dredging the harbour floor to access solid rock onto which the jetty’s supports would be attached.

The jetty’s construction is in preparation for the new Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels. Construction has yet to begin, however the Irving Shipyard has undergone a $330 million infrastructure upgrade.

Last year, Irving officials confirmed the construction schedule is on track and that steel for the new ships will be cut starting September 2015.

Contractors interested in building the new jetty have until April 29 to submit a bid.


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