Construction of Halifax Jetty more than halfway complete

Aerial view of the new jetty at CFB Halifax during construction. When complete, the $93-million jetty will provide docking for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships.
Aerial view of the new jetty at CFB Halifax during construction. When complete, the $93-million jetty will provide docking for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships.

DCC has reached a major milestone in the construction of the new Jetty NJ at CFB Halifax, a $93-million project to replace ageing jetties along the Halifax dockyard. The 247-metre-long by 43-metre-wide concrete jetty is now more than halfway complete, leaving officials feeling confident the project will meet its opening date in 2018.

“The footprint is in place,” says Halifax capital projects Program Leader, Peter Sarty. “The dredging and blasting are complete. And the caissons are in place. So the next big milestone for us will be finishing the concrete deck ready for the ships to tie up to, and that should be complete by next summer.” All environmental requirements were also met, says Sarty, including construction of an artificial reef to protect local fish habitats.

The new jetty will be 13 metres deep with a large backup berthing area and connectivity apron for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Harry DeWolf-class ships, named after Canadian wartime naval hero Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf. The ships will serve as the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).

While Canada awaits these new ships to be built, the project team has employed some modern methods for the jetty construction, in order to better handle the new vessels. Whereas the old jetties were built using a pile construction method (driving piles of timber into the ground to support the structure), the new jetty was built by using robust, poured concrete caissons (ballasted retaining structures with watertight service tunnels) reinforced with steel reinforcement bars; caissons can last up to 60 years.

For background on the ships that will dock at the jetty, view this photo gallery by the Royal Canadian Navy.


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