The Water Street Wharf boat launch in Port Alberni will be closed all day Thursday, June 3 as the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) works on its marina.
The ramp is located behind Port Boat House, past Harbour Quay. Cranes and other heavy equipment have been trucked and barged in to the area to complete the civil work on the marina.
“This is a one-day closure that will also have the south entrance to the parking lot blocked off,” said David McCormick, Port Alberni Port Authority director of public relations and business development.
The WCMRC has also built a building and compound on land leased from the Port Authority further down Harbour Road. The 73-foot spill response vessel Barkley Sentinel can also be seen docked at Tyee Landing.
The oil spill response base is one of several set up on British Columbia’s west coast as part of the TransMountain Pipeline project. The port authority and WCMRC signed a 25-year lease agreement in 2018 for 6.225 acres of land and waterlot areas fronting Port Alberni Harbour. Vessels will eventually moor at the WCMRC pier behind Port Boat House once it is completed.
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