Rose Inlet Helicopter Landing Pad Replacement and Jedway Barge Helicopter Slinging Operation

The Canadian Coast Guard proposes to rebuild the helicopter landing pad at the Rose Inlet Marine Communications Mountaintop Site. The Canadian Coast Guard has been notified of issues with icing of the existing timber helipad leading to potentially unsafe landing/take-off conditions. In addition to this, the proposed aluminium helipad will be located further away from the communications tower to improve landing conditions at site. Rebuilding the helicopter landing pad will improve safety for CCG and Parks personnel accessing the Rose Inlet mountaintop site. Work for the Rose Inlet Helipad replacement project has been separated into three separate phases.


Phase I - Barge Access and Staging Area Locations:

CCG is proposing to bring a tug and barge to Jedway in order to sling equipment and materials from the barge to one of two equipment staging locations at either the upland Jedway Fuel Cash for helicopters (Staging Area 1) or old pit mine site (Staging Area 2). This equipment would remain at the staging area until it can be slung to the Rose Inlet CCG Marine Communications Site. The barge would need to be stationary for the helicopter long line slinging and would involve the barge lowering a ramp down along the shoreline and tying two lines to either large rocks or trees for the duration of the slinging. It is anticipated the slinging activities will occur over 2 days with approximately 100-120 sling loads coming off the barge if Helijet conducts the slinging. If a CCG helicopter is available then the amount of sling loads would be reduced. This portion would be carried out by a contracted barge and CCG employees


Phase II - Rose Inlet Location Site Preparation and Concrete Footings:

The Canadian Coast Guard proposes to rebuild the helicopter landing pad at the Rose Inlet Marine Communications Mountaintop Site. The new 8.0m x 7.0m helicopter pad on concrete columns footings would be built next to the existing helipad. The equipment for this phase would be helicopter long line slung up to site and would consist handheld power tools and vegetation clearing tools, small diesel powered generator, mini excavator, concrete mixer, cast in place concrete, wood for formwork, health and safety gear, spill response materials. The existing helipad will not be decommissioned and will remain on site. Activities related to this phase will include helicopter long line slinging, vegetation brushing, excavating soil and gravels (to be contained on site) within the concrete footing locations, rock drilling, formwork, concrete mixing and pouring of helipad footings in the formwork. This equipment would then be slung off site and back to the staging area at Jedway or carried back to Prince Rupert over a couple helicopter loads depending on how much equipment is remaining. This portion will be carried out by CCG employees.


Phase III – Rose inlet Location Helipad Platform Installation:

This phase includes slinging up the new pad components, gravel fill, handheld power tools and assembling the new pad. The new pad will be a composite steel deck with one foot gravel fill on top, essentially creating a raised gravel pad. It will be assembled on site. This portion would be completed by contractors. Depending on the amount of equipment to be taken off site, and if any equipment was slung back to the staging area from the Phase II portion, helicopter slinging could be used to bring equipment back to the staging area or carried home inside the helicopter. If equipment has been slung back to the staging area then a barge would again be contracted to pick up and transport materials home. This portion of the project is still to be determined.


In total there would be between 3 and 5 slinging events.


Latest update

August 29, 2021 – The public comment period on the project and its potential for causing adverse effects is closed. The Canadian Coast Guard  and Parks Canada are considering comments received to inform their determination on whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. .



Steven Cole
Canadian Coast Guard Marine Civil Infrastructure
Steven Cole, Project Engineer, Marine Civil Infrastructure
25 Huron Steet
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 4V9
Telephone: 250-413-2835

  • Location

    • Rose Inlet Haida Gwaii (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Canadian Coast Guard
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
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