Nanaimo ramp to see maintenance work for seven weeks starting March 29

Sounder News

Tuesday, March 22 2016

BC Ferries will be doing what it calls regular maintenance work on the ramp trestle in Nanaimo Harbour, starting March 29 and ongoing until May 13.

Deborah Marshall, Executive Director of Public Affairs for BC Ferries, said the work will be done by a marine contractor which will have a marine rig on site. 

Cost on the project, according to Marshall, will be in the neighbourhood of $200,000. 

“It will give the trestle another 5 - 7 years of life.

“They will repair several deteriorated pile caps and replace some timber braces of the trestle. The crew will also replace some anchor chains of the floating leads. The plan is for the crew to work between sailings without affecting sailing schedule.”

Marshall said there is no plan for needing to use the Duke Point terminal during this particular project. She reiterated that the work is regular maintenance. 

In a service notice posted on the BC Ferries website, the company says, “While BC Ferries will make every effort to ensure schedules are not impacted by these maintenance activities, minor delays may occur. BC Ferries would like to thank its customers for their patience and understanding as we complete this necessary work.”