Expected Completion, Fall of 2019
PORT CHARLOTTETOWN is undertaking a berth expansion project,set to begin June, 2018, with project completion anticipated in the fall of 2019. The berthexpansion project will extend the existing berth space by 270m, which will allow for two vesselsup to 330m to berth simultaneously.
In order to complete the expansion, various stages of construction are required. The project consists of four additional mooring buoys and four additional breasting dolphins. Pile driving in the harbour is required for this installation. The vibratory method of pile driving will be utilized in an effort to minimize audible levels.
Timeline of work
The expansion project is expected to begin late June, and completed by fall of 2019. It is anticipated that the bulk of the impactful work will be pile driving, which is crucial to installation of the breasting dolphins.
Pile driving is expected to begin mid July, and will take place at various times into the fall. The estimated timing is a total of 19 days of pile driving and all work will take place between 7am-7pm.
Please note that access to the marina may be limited at times and users should proceed with caution at their own risk. There will be activity on the water such as barges, small vessels, etc.
Parking lot A will no longer be open to the public for parking. Parking lot B will be open to Marina users only on non-cruise days. Any other violators will be towed at the owner’s expense. Additional parking will be made available at the Events Grounds at 360 Grafton St., a short distance from the port. There will be times when this parking is not available due to events being hosted.
What does the berth expansion project mean?
The berth expansion project will extend the existing berth by 270m, which will allow for two vesselsup to 330m to berth simultaneously.
What is a berth?
A berth is the allotted space where ships dock on a wharf. Currently, Port Charlottetown has one large berth located to the south, and a secondary, smaller berth along the east side of the wharf.
What is involved in the berth expansion project?
Four new breasting dolphins will be installed. One on the east side of the existing berth, with an additional threeon the west, facing the marina and Confederation Landing Park. The dolphins to the west will be connected by concrete bridges, which will enable passengers to walk to port facilities.
What is a breasting dolphin?
A breasting dolphin is a marine structure that is used to allow ships to tie up alongside securely.
How are the mooring buoys installed?
In addition to the breasting dolphins a number of mooring buoys will be installed to provide additional anchoring points for larger vessels. The technique used is vibratory pile driving, a proven method utilized for minimizing noise levels. Work on pile driving is scheduled between July – November at various intervals.
What is dredging and why is it required?
Dredging is the removal of sediment on the ocean floor, to enable deeper channels. Over time, sand and silt will collect on the seafloor reducing the depth measure for commercial /pleasure activity. Only a small section of dredging is required and will take place during the fall of 2018. The sediment will be removed and taken to an approved disposal site designated by federal and provincial authorities. In order to dredge, you must receive permits from Federal and Provincial agencies.
When will the expansion be complete?
The schedule for the expansion project is to begin summer of 2018, with final completion expected in the fall of 2019.
What is the long-term objective?
The objective of this expansion project is to be able to accommodate existing and new port business, via cruise, aggregate and petroleum importation. The berth expansion will allow two, 330-meter vessels, to be tied up simultaneously. This will alleviate cruise vessels having to anchor, minimizing embarking and debarking times on ships as well as landside bus tours allowing passengers to spend more time on PEI.