Sterling Shipyard Remediation and Infill

SNC Lavalin on behalf of the port authority (Development) has applied to undertake remediation and redevelopment activities in subtidal, intertidal and uplands areas of a former shipyard at 2089 to 2095 Commissioner Street in Vancouver. Contaminated sediment in the project area would be removed and replaced with clean fill to raise the grade and reclaim 4,500 square meters of additional land for future industrial use. The proposed works include the removal of approximately 17,000 cubic metres of contaminated sediment down to a maximum depth of approximately 5 metres, installation of a 100 metre long rock berm in the low intertidal area of the site, and the placement of approximately 40,000 cubic metres of engineered fill in both the intertidal and upland areas. The contamination from the former shipyard includes debris, wood waste, metals and hydrocarbons, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and covers over 80 per cent of the intertidal area down to a maximum depth of 5 metres. The fill layer in this area ranges in depth from 4 metres to 8 metres. Habitat offsetting is also proposed, this includes the creation of two subtidal reefs and marine riparian planting. As some of the activities are dependent on tides, work may need to take place outside of standard hours (except for Sundays and statutory holidays). Should the proposed project be approved, construction is expected to take approximately 10 months to complete.


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Latest update

End of public comment period 

The public comment period on the project is closed. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Project and Environmental Review
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

  • Location

    • Sterling Shipyard Remediation and Infill (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    SNC Lavalin on behalf of the port authority
  • Authorities

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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