Public Notice


February 21, 2020 – The Fisheries and Oceans Canada with Transport Canada must decide whether the proposed Canadian Coast Guard Victoria Search and Rescue Float, located in Victoria, BC is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada is inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public [and may be posted online]. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by March 21, 2020 to:

Don Storry
200 - 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.
V6C 3S4
(604) 666-8526


Randy Burgin
25 Huron Street, Victoria, BC. V8V 4V9
(250) 508-8121

The Canadian Coast Guard along with Transport Canada are undertaking a project to construct a wave-protected float on the south side of the CCG Victoria base at Camel Point in Victoria Harbour. The new float will provide moorage for lifeboat and Search and Rescue vessels and will include an upland abutment, elevated ramp, float and wave fence (wave attenuator) for protection.


The abutment will extend from approximately +4.6 m chart datum (higher high water mark large tide = +3.4 m chart datum) to approximately +1.0 m chart datum, and will support the landward end of the ramp. The abutment is mainly elevated with the exception of four steel piles in the intertidal zone (between approximately +2 m and +1 m chart datum) and a concrete foundation at approximately +4.6 m chart datum, which is above the higher high water mark. Dimensions will be approximately 11.6 m by 4.6 m with a total footprint of 61.5 sq. m, of which 41.5 sq. m is below and 20 sq. m is above the higher high water mark (large tide).


The steel ramp will extend from the abutment to the float between approximately +1.0 m and -2.5 m chart datum and will be elevated above the water. The ramp consists of a painted frame and galvanized grating with 50 by 100 mm spacing. The overall dimensions will be approximately 24 m by 4.6 m (i.e. includes portions that overlap with abutment and float), while the direct overwater portion of the ramp will be approximately 20.7 m by 4.6 m with a footprint of 94.3 sq. m. The ramp is a vehicle ramp that may be used by Emergency vehicle(s), as well as Canadian Coast Guard pick-up trucks and/or ATVs for delivering equipment to the lifeboats and SAR vessels.


The float will be located between approximately -2.5 m and -3.5 m chart datum and will connect to the ramp. It consists of two modules poured as one monolithic concrete pour. The concrete float is a standard float designed and constructed for previous installations by Canadian Coast Guard and Small Craft Commercial Harbours. Dimensions will be approximately 28 m by 18.7 m, providing a total moorage length of ~97 m, with a footprint of 476 sq. m (including floating fenders; 448 sq. m excluding fenders).

The float will be sheltered by a wave fence (wave attenuator) to reduce wave action in the moorage area. The wave fence will extend from below -3 m to approximately -5.5 m chart datum. It will be comprised of three sheet pile panel walls, 16 vertical piles and 16 batter piles. The total wave fence footprint is estimated at 97.7 sq. m.

In general, project works are proposed to start in April 2020 and end in November 2020. Within this eight month period, six months of pile installation is anticipated, as it involves drilling piles into bedrock and installing concrete rock sockets; however, project dates and duration will be dependent on the selected contractor's methodology. Key equipment and machinery that will be used on site includes: pile driving/crane barge, material supply barge, support tugs, mobile concrete batching plant, concrete delivery/mixing trucks, lifting crane for handling of steel piles and sheet pile panels on the ground.

Address: 25 Huron Street, Victoria BC, V8V 4V9

From downtown Victoria, follow Belleville Street (in front of Parliament Buildings) to the west. Belleville turns into Pendray Street (after slight left), then Quebec Street (after slight right), then Montreal Street (after slight left), then Kingston Street (after slight right), then St. Lawrence Street (after slight left), then Erie Street (after slight right). At next left which turns into Dallas Road, Huron Street is on immediate right. Canadian Coast Guard main building is on the left.

Coordinates: 48 25 9.15, -123 23 15.11

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