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Institute of Ocean Sciences Patricia Bay - Miscellaneous Repairs 2020

This project involves refurbishing several structures on the wharf at the Institute of Ocean Sciences. All of these structures are currently aging and in need of repairs. The wharf is used daily by the Department's crews and vessels, and is critical to the regular operations of this facility. The proposed construction involves three different components, all situated on the wharf. The first tasks involves the demolition of the travel lift platform, located near Float A. This includes demolishing and safely removing all components of this structure, including the timber piles and the concrete decking. This structure will be separated into pieces and lifted up and out of the area. It will not be demolished by breaking down the structure and picking pieces off of the seabed.

The next section of this project involves building a new approach platform on the North side of Float D. This includes removing the existing piles and timber wharf head, and installing new piles and concrete decking. The only ground disturbance for this component will be the drilling/driving of the new piles. However, these piles will be approximately in the same location as the existing piles. Therefore, there will be very little new ground disturbance for this task.

The last portion of this project is structurally repairing the lock block abutment wall on the South side of Float D. This involves pouring concrete and moving some of the armour rock underneath the abutment in order to secure and stabilize it. A pit will be excavated in order to gain access to underneath the wall. The only ground disturbance for this component will be the excavation of the access pit, and the placement of concrete, which will be minimal.


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Latest update

June 13, 2020 – The public comment period on the project and its potential for causing adverse effects is closed. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada is considering comments received to inform its determination on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.  .

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Real Property & Technical Support
Fisheries and Oceans Canada-Real Property Safety and Security, Real Property & Technical Support
Ryan Desrochers
Telephone: 604-666-3807
Fax: 604-666-4725

  • Location

    • The Institute of Ocean Sciences is located in Sidney BC. The facility is accessible via road access, as well as by water for vessel/barge access. The site lies on the eastern shore of the Saanich Inlet which runs out into Haro Strait. (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada-Real Property Safety and Security, Real Property & Technical Support
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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..within 200 kilometres
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