Vancouver Drydock Water Lot

Shipyards have been a part of our neighbourhood for over a century – building, repairing and maintaining the many vessels that ply our West Coast waters.

At Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock, we take great pride in being a link from North Vancouver’s rich maritime history to the diverse and vibrant Shipyards District waterfront community we have today – and we look forward to continuing that tradition for many years to come.

As a company, our goal is to build a multi-generational business that will create sustained jobs and economic activity in our local community for decades to come. To enable this, we are consolidating our repair and maintenance services at Vancouver Drydock and focusing our shipbuilding activities at our Pemberton site.

At Vancouver Drydock, this means making improvements to better use our land and the space within our water lots. We have applied to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to extend our water lot and add two new smaller floating drydocks and a work pontoon to our existing drydock operations.

We invite you to learn more about our operations and the proposed water lot project. All feedback received during the public comment period – from June 25, 2021 through to August 12, 2021 – will be compiled, reviewed and provided to the port authority for consideration as part of the permit application review.

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The Proposed Water Lot Project Has Two Main Parts.

Part One

Part one would see us shift the position of the existing Careen floating drydock approximately 40 metres south away from the shoreline, and installing two smaller floating drydocks and work pontoon on the west side of our operations, adjacent to the Careen.

The floating drydocks and work pontoon would be secured to six permanent support pilings to keep them in place.

The new mid-sized drydock would be equipped with up to four cranes mounted on the sidewalls of the drydock to transfer equipment from our main service pier to the work areas.

Part Two

Part two would include extending our water lot west by approximately 40 metres to accommodate the smaller of the two new drydocks and a portion of the work pontoon. This is consistent with our existing lease agreement with the port authority.

The project will add a further 100 new jobs to the 200 people we have at our operations today.

Drydock Configuration

Vancouver Drydock

Today and Tomorrow

Current Operations

Future Proposed Operations

Tour Our Site

While COVID-19 doesn’t let us have visitors on our site right now, we invite you to take a short video tour to see our operations in action.

Get in Touch

If you have questions about Vancouver Drydock or the proposed water lot project, please get in touch.

Vancouver Drydock

You can reach us at or 778.729.0288

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

You can also contact the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Vancouver Drydock
203 East Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7L 1A1

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