Spruce Lake Barge Facility Open For Business

–Barge Facility Provides “Highway to the Ocean” for Large-Scale Modular Fabricators —

 

April 11, 2018 – SAINT JOHN, NB—Develop Saint John announced today that the Spruce Lake Barge Facility had its inaugural load-out by Lorneville Mechanical Contractors Ltd. of two massive 120,000 cubic feet, 200 ton refining modules destined for the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John.

The assembly and delivery of the oversized refining modules from Lorneville Mechanical’s location in Spruce Lake Industrial Park in West Saint John was made possible by its proximity to the Spruce Lake Barge Facility. “We won a major contract because of the barge terminal, in fact we won the only major project in our region this year due to the proximate infrastructure,” says Styve Dumouchel, President of Lorneville Mechanical. “Everything went smoothly, according to plan, and that’s pretty important when you’re moving units that are as big as three-story apartment buildings. We’re confident that we’ll be able to bid and win future large-scale fabrication projects, serving clients not just locally but all along the Eastern Seaboard.”

The Spruce Lake Barge Facility construction was completed in late 2017, and provides project proponents access to the deep tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy. Its capacity to facilitate the movement of oversized fabricated modules from the industrial park to the ocean and markets near or far is a meaningful differentiator for Saint John.

Spruce Lake Industrial Park’s continued success is due in large part to its exceptional location and transportation links. Through ongoing enhancements, the Park is paving the way for expansion, which means strong growth potential. “The Spruce Lake Barge Facility provides our fabricators access to the biggest highway of all…the ocean,” says Brian Irving, the Director of Sales and Assets of Develop Saint John. “We’re now proactively marketing the tremendous potential provided by the Terminal to fabricators, EPCM (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Management) companies as well as mega project proponents. There is no other combination of industrially zoned lands proximate a publicly owned barge terminal facility with deep tidal water access in Atlantic Canada. The opportunity in Saint John for fabricators to bid and win contracts in the heavy lift, modular fabrication industry is unrivaled in our region.”

For further information:

Christine Comeau
Develop Saint John
506.649.6069
christine.comeau@saintjohn.ca

 

About SPRUCE LAKE BARGE FACILITY

Located in the Spruce Lake Industrial Park near Highway 1 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the Spruce Lake Barge Facility accommodates a variety of barge sizes ranging from 15 to 21 foot drafts, capable of handling up to 500 tonne loads. Leveraging the tides of the Bay of Fundy, operators may plan for wet or dry load outs.

Design Maximum Barge Dimensions

  • Overall length – 125 m
  • Beam – 31 m
  • Moulded depth – 6.4 m

Wharf / Headwall Face Dimensions

  • Overall width – 30 m
  • Elevation – approx. 10 m
  • Users may choose to allow their barges to ground-out on the mudflat at low tide

About Develop Saint John https://developsaintjohn.com/

Develop Saint John’s mission is to grow the tax base in Saint John by relentlessly creating and seizing strategic real estate opportunities and getting deals done. It’s mandate is to instigate growth in Saint John which improves the quality of life of its citizens. It has a Board of Directors made up of entrepreneurial-minded business and community leaders from the private and public sector.

Oversized 200 ton refining module being transported from Lorneville Mechanical Contractors Ltd. to the Spruce Lake Barge Facility wharf along the heavy haul road.

Oversized 200 ton refining module being transported from Lorneville Mechanical Contractors Ltd. to the Spruce Lake Barge Facility wharf along the heavy haul road.

 

Preparing to load a massive refining module from the Spruce Lake Barge Facility wharf to a floating barge during a rising tide.

Preparing to load a massive refining module from the Spruce Lake Barge Facility wharf to a floating barge during a rising tide.

 

Transferring a refining module the size of a three-story apartment building from the Spruce Lake Barge Facility wharf to a floating barge during a rising tide.

Transferring a refining module the size of a three-story apartment building from the Spruce Lake Barge Facility wharf to a floating barge during a rising tide.