Vancouver Shipyards Constructing Largest Building Berth In B.C.

By the end of this year, Vancouver Shipyards, North Vancouver, British Columbia, will have completed the largest shipbuilding berth in the province. The full size of the building berth when completed will be 600 feet by 120 feet and will give the yard the capability of building ships up to 50,000 deadweight tons, with beam mainly limited by the capacity of the Panama Canal.

The new berth and support facilities will be installed on six acres of land immediately adjacent to the present Vancouver Shipyards operations at the foot of Pemberton Avenue. The new facilities will cost approximately $3,000,(XX), and will increase employment by 150.

The vessels built at the yard to date have mainly been barges, tugs and small ferries. The new facilities will enable the yard to build much larger vessels, including deepsea tankers and cargoships, large ferries, large barges, and offshore oil drilling rigs.

Vancouver Shipyards moved in 1967 from a small yard in Vancouver to their new larger plant in North Vancouver. The first year, the yard was only engaged in repair work. However, a steel shop for new vessel construction was added in 1968. The first vessel constructed by the yard was completed in the fall of 1968, and the business has continually expanded since that date. On February 15, the tug Seaspan Crusader was delivered to her owners, and was Hull 47 built by Vancouver Shipyards.

Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd.

and its associated company, Seaspan International Ltd., in the tug and barge transportation and marine salvage business, are part of the 'Genstar Limited Group of 'Companies.

Genstar Limited manufactures and sells cement, building materials, chemicals and fertilizers, and is engaged in land development, housing, construction, tug and barge transportation, 'shipbuilding and ship repairs, and venture capital.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 26,  Apr 1974

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