Point Hope Maritime shipyard in Victoria, Canada, applied at the start of June for Canadian federal approvals to construct a C$50m (US$37m) graving dock. The company also applied to add 7,700m2 to its existing federal water-lot lease. Expansion would allow the shipyard to repair larger vessels and increase its workforce.
Point Hope’s new general manager, Riccardo Regosa, believes a 567ft-long (173m) graving dock could increase the total number of shipyard employees and contractors working on the site to about 400.
The yard’s customers include Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard and British Columbia (BC Ferries) vessels. Fishing boats and passenger vessels are also among customers that have used Point Hope Maritime services.
The yard typically handles vessels of up to about 180ft (55m), but the graving dock would permit the company to take vessels up to 560ft (171m). It could also be temporarily subdivided so two vessels could be worked on simultaneously.
Point Hope currently focuses on repairs and service, but Regosa does not rule out the idea of building new ships.
- June 2017