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Pier 9C Dredging and Expansion

Helping the Halifax Port Authority remain competitive within the shipping industry

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Halifax, Nova Scotia

Comprehensive, specialized geotechnical engineering services

With the introduction of post-Panamax cranes, the Halifax Port Authority needed to employ a new crane rail at their Halterm Container Terminal. The solution? Extending the existing Pier C / Berth 42 to support a 30-metre (98-foot) gauge continuously welded crane rail. The goal: to create additional berths and to provide a new break bulk handling terminal in Halifax.

This major dredging and wharf extension project included the construction of a new concrete crib and steel sheet pile bulkhead continuing the existing Pier 9B. The existing Pier 9C, which needed refurbishment, was encapsulated within the new Pier 9C wharf.

Our geotechnical, environmental, and marine structural engineers provided valuable parameters for the design of the rail’s rock socketed pipe piles, completed an environmental assessment, and developed an environmental management plan. We also provided project management, design, and contract administration for the Pier C extension.

Further services included developing preliminary and detailed design of the new extension, landside crane rail girder analysis and modifications, crane rail extensions and transitions, and cost estimates—including options to reduce costs by several million dollars. We also designed a new truck marshalling area, a truck access gate, new pile-supported rear crane rail foundations, and curved crane rails.

With these extensions and developments in place, the Halifax Port Authority’s operations are better prepared to handle the needs of post-Panamax shipping.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Nigel Denby, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Environmental Services (Geotechnical Canada)

It’s my priority to work closely with clients to develop realistic and cost-effective solutions to complex engineering problems.
Nigel Denby Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Environmental Services (Geotechnical Canada) Read More

Marcel Deveau, Principal

I believe in instilling a sense of urgency within my Ports & Marine Terminals team, to ensure client needs are dealt with efficiently.

Nigel Denby

Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Environmental Services (Geotechnical Canada)

Marcel Deveau


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