Progress Made On Floating Facility That Will Be Home To The Greenest Tugboat Fleet In The World

Concrete has been poured for the  construction of a floating facility that will be the home base to the greenest tugboat fleet in the  world. HaiSea Marine, majority owned by the Haisla First Nation in partnership Seaspan ULC, has  contracted Pacific Marine Construction to build its floating tugboat maintenance facility which  will be the base of operations and maintenance for HaiSea’s fleet in Kitimat, BC.  

The facility will host HaiSea’s fleet of LNG powered escort and fully electric harbour tugs  required for LNG Canada’s new export facility. These tugboats will also provide transportation of  material and personnel, marine emergency response, firefighting, and oil pollution response.  

Greenest Tugboat Fleet In The World
Credits: HaiSea Marine

“We are proud to work with Pacific Marine Construction, a B.C. based company that operates on  the territory of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation in Campbell River and is committed to hiring from  local and indigenous communities,” said Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation.  “HaiSea also recognizes the importance of sharing the project benefits with various Nations and  enabling their participation in the region.” 

“We are honoured to build a facility that will embody the values of both Haisla Nation and  Seaspan and reflect their true partnership,” said Cory Handyside, President of Pacific Marine  Construction. “It will also showcase an innovative design as a floating facility which is required  due to the extreme tidal range experienced in the Kitimat region.”  

The floating facility will be divided into two main areas including a large workshop area combined with common spaces and a gym facility which also will accommodate eight shore based personnel to use the spaces during normal working hours. “Everything at HaiSea is being built with inclusivity in mind – from the wellness facility to the single enclosed bathrooms and  changing rooms – it is centred around a common goal of creating a safe, healthy and inclusive  environment for everyone working at HaiSea,” said Jordan Pechie, Senior Vice President of  Seaspan Marine Transportation.  

HaiSea is inviting members of the Haisla, Gitga’at and Gitxaala communities to take part in a naming contest for the floating facility. Each of HaiSea’s five tugboats were named by the nations  and carry connection and meaning to their people and territories – the name of the floating  facility will be just as important to the HaiSea team and its partners. While the initial contract for  HaiSea is to provide the escort tug services for a period 12 years, HaiSea Marine is building this  facility with a long-term vision to serve the tugboats and the Kitimat community for generations  to come.

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