A FuLL METAL JAckET View of the unloading platform access trestle taken from land at Canaport Terminal, Saint John, New Brunswick. Photo: Kiewit Two of the best–equipped and most efficient deep water, ice-free marine fabrication facilities of their the largest oil handling port in Canada. “If Grassy size on the eastern seaboard of North America are on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Burin Peninsula: the Point goes ahead, we’ll be one of the first on the Marystown Shipyard and the Cow Head Fabrication facility. In 2002, these facilities were purchased by Peter list to bid on the supply and installation of these Kiewit Sons Company, (PKS) the Canadian arm of Kiewit Construction Company of Omaha, Nebraska. Operating structures,” Hogg says. from these locations, Kiewit Offshore Services (KOS), a division of Kiewit, draws on a local pool of more than 1,200 skilled tradespeople to place themselves at the forefront of east coast offshore fabrication. The Canaport contract also has applications to other offshore sectors. “Marine jetty development When KOS completed its work, on time and on budget, for the SeaRose Floating Production, Storage and applies not only to LNG but to other terminals Offloading platform topsides project, industry players looked expectantly for the next project the new company where large ships berth,” says Hogg. Kiewit built would tackle. Now, five years after its creation, KOS has several significant projects under its belt including the Whiffen Head oil transshipment terminal jetty work on Canada’s first liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal. in 1999, and with a feasibility study underway for a second oil refinery in Placentia Bay, Hogg believes In November 2007, KOS completed delivery of the last jackets (a term used to describe space frame type KOS is well-positioned to be on the short-list. structures) and topsides for the marine jetty of the Canaport LNG terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick. The contract was a $120 million joint venture between KOS’s parent company PKS, Weeks Marine of New Jersey and Sandwell Engineering of Vancouver. “The KOS subcontract included the fabrication and shipping of about 3,400 tonnes of steel tubulars, structural plates and profiles,” says KOS facilities manager, Glynn Smith. PKS DID YOu kNOW? undertook the installation of the jackets and in a region known for its 30 foot tidal range, installing these The Marystown Shipyard and ? marine structures was challenging. the cow head fabrication As for the significance of this project for KOS’s future, Rod Hogg, manager of business development, Atlantic facility on Newfoundland and region says, “The Canaport terminal is the first of what could be up to four LNG terminals on this side of Labrador’s Burin Peninsula the country.” One potential LNG terminal is at Grassy Point in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Placentia Bay, are two of the best-equipped deep water, ice-free marine fabrication facilities on North Volume 15 Issue 2 America’s Eastern Seaboard. w w w. t h e a m b a s s a d o r. c a BIG RIVER, BIG BRIDGE cROSSING ThE MIGhTY chuRchILL RIVER Eight kilometres upstream from Happy Designed and built for $24 million, this crossing “The piers were the biggest challenge,” he recalls. Valley–Goose Bay is a site Bill Hynes knows well. Here was constructed over three years. The first 140 They had to be completed in 2005 because the steel the Churchill River is 800 metres wide and three metres metres of the causeway were laid in 2004. In 2005, superstructure was scheduled for spring of 2006. deep or more. “The sandy soil is so fine you can shake RDN completed the causeway and Mariner built the “We had to dry out two holes in the middle of that it through a salt shaker,” says Hynes. This location abutments and piers. Design and fabrication of the river to build the piers.” That meant erecting two was selected by the Department of Transportation and three 120-metre steel bridge spans was subcontracted 22-metre by 10-metre steel cofferdams (a waterproof Works for the Trans-Labrador Highway’s Churchill River to Structal, a Quebec fabrication company who in turn wall, open at the top, enclosing a construction area crossing. RDN Construction and Mariner Engineering, subcontracted Euler, another Quebec company, for below the water level). “We had a 38-man crew, divisions of the Penney Group, won the contract tender. the onsite assembly and installation. “We provided two tugs, a barge, cranes, loaders and excavators It included a 500-metre causeway with a fish passage them with all the crane and barge support,” says running 24 hours a day for six weeks in late summer facility and a 360-metre bridge. As general manager Hynes. The final span was bolted into position August and fall of 2005,” he says. of Mariner, Hynes spent up to 20 days a month on-site 30, 2006. during 2005-06. During that time a new problem emerged. The half kilometre causeway had significantly increased water velocity in the remaining 310 metres of the river. “That was causing some significant scouring of the river bed around the north pier,” says Hynes. It took a “major operation” to bring rock from a nearby quarry to shore up the pier and stabilize the river bottom. Despite the setback, Mariner and RDN brought the project in on budget and on time, completing the bridge which has the longest steel spans of any bridge in the province. The bridge design and construction garnered national attention in November of 2007, when the Churchill River Project received an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. When the Trans-Labrador highway opens in 2009, the Churchill River bridge will be a centre piece, helping usher in a modern era of transportation in Labrador. SILVER DOLPhIN MAkING A BIG SPLASh When Byron collins started his family-owned What makes the Dolphin shine, particularly under environment.” So Fab-Tech did some research. While and operated boat manufacturing business in 1980, northern lights? Says Collins: “It’s a strong, reliable the certification process presents a costly hurdle for his primary customers were inshore fishermen and boat that gives a smooth ride and has great looks.” the Silver Dolphin - $10,000 Cdn for each size of seafood processors. With changes in the fishery Constructed of fully welded aluminum with an optional each model – the company is determined to enter and a determination to diversify, Fab-Tech Industries quarter inch bottom, she says it’s ideal for use in the Greenland market which, says Collins, “looks Incorporated, shifted its focus to designing and building rugged environments where users can “run it up on very promising.” Fab-Tech attended the show in more recreational boats. The Silver Dolphin (built for sandy beaches or explore rugged coastlines without November 2006 and has two potential dealers. both commercial and recreational applications) now fear of damage. That provides extra security.” accounts for more than 70 percent of Fab-Tech’s sales Meanwhile, Fab-Tech continues to build momentum revenue. Sightings of the Silver Dolphin continue to intrigue for sales in the eastern U.S. region. “We recently savvy northern boaters. Fab-Tech was approached joined the ABYC (American Boat & Yacht Council) and While the company also manufactures pontoons and last year by organizers of the Greenland Polar Fish we’re looking at adopting many of their standards,” barges, it is the Silver Dolphin that’s making a big Show who, Collins says, “had heard of our boats in says Collins. “It’s another market we’re going to be splash with boaters in northern Canada. Now the Nunavut and thought they were a good match for their moving forward with.” company is working hard to see it migrate overseas. A 24 ft Cuddy Cabin, made by Fab-Tech Industries, off Eastport, NL. The boats are manufactured in the company’s Glovertown Photo: Jodi Gordon plant on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. They include several custom designs ranging from five to 11 metres in length (17 to 35 feet). “Currently, our key market is Nunavut,” says recreational sales manager, Melissa Collins. “About 75 percent of the Silver Dolphins we fabricate each year go there.” Boaters first got a glimpse of this popular craft at a Winnipeg trade show ten years ago. They liked what they saw. Fab-Tech began getting orders immediately. And the demand from northern communities has been growing ever since. GETTING PuMPED ON ThE BuRIN PENINSuLA DID YOu kNOW? In 2006, the value of manufacturing shipments from Dynamic Air Shelters is constantly devising construction. And they can be small or very big—sizes Newfoundland and Labrador new applications for their inflatable shelter technology. of up to 743 square metres (8,000 square feet). In At their plant in Newfoundland and Labrador, they November of 2007, the company was in the process manufacturers totaled $2.1 manufacture these portable and surprisingly rugged of producing another innovation. billion. structures for industry, business and healthcare. “We’re building a special structure for laying concrete in A 1.2 million tonne offshore This Calgary-based company originally intended to Fort McMurray,” President Warner told the Ambassador. oil drilling and production run a temporary operation in the province to reduce “It’s 100 feet by 100 feet square and 45 feet high and platform was built for shipping costs for a contract on the Burin Peninsula. has the capacity to move from one pad to the next without being dismantled.” the hibernia oil field at In 2003, they set up a project base in the town of Grand Bank and hired local workers. Company Newfoundland & Labrador’s president Harold Warner and his management team The company is currently enjoying particularly strong Bull Arm Fabrication Facility. were so impressed by the top quality workmanship sales of its blast–resistant shelters which, according that they decided to move the production division of to Warner, “are being used at refineries on the Gulf The 7,000-acre Bull Arm the company to the town—permanently. Coast and in Ohio and Indiana.” construction, Fabrication and Repair facility was designed for Dynamic Air Shelters currently employs 35 people Rapid growth can result in working capital challenges the hibernia project, one of the at its Grand Bank manufacturing facility. Bolstered and strains on equipment and infrastructure says Warner. “Our ability to respond to these challenges largest construction projects by economic incentives from government under the undertaken in North America. ? Economic Diversification and Growth Enterprises and to prepare for increased production has improved program, and by the availability of local employees, significantly thanks to the support of the provincial Warner says the company’s move to this province government.” Among the new challenges created by The Government of fuelled its growth in 2006 and 2007. Long–term their success is finding facilities where they can lay Newfoundland and Labrador projections include upwards of 100 employees in out the larger systems in a clean and dry environment. has a 6-year $2 billion Grand Bank. And, as of November 2007, they were They are also challenged to build a transportation infrastructure program. advertising locally for additional workers. network that is cost effective. But Warner says “We have these challenges well in hand and we are committed to achieve what we set out to do. I am Mining, Oil and Gas projects Dynamic Air Shelters’ industrial units provide compact, easily deployed and durable shelter solutions. confident that we can continue on as we planned in top the major capital spending An added feature is their modular or expandable Newfoundland and Labrador.” list at almost $3.9 billion. “We have these challenges well in hand and we are committed to achieve what we set out to do. -Harold Warner Dynamic Air Shelters providing rest areas and foreman offices on the Sunoco Refinery in Toledo Ohio. Photo: Harold Warner Get the FORGING AhEAD AMBASSADOR ADVANTAGE Six metal fabricators on the west coast of Newfoundland To meet with oil industry companies, Western Metalworking Network and Labrador have taken a cooperative approach to expansion. representatives flew to Alberta in January, March and September When you read the The former competitors—Atlantic Hydraulic and Machine of 2007 on a reconnaissance mission to build trust and confidence Ambassador Newfoundland Limited, Corner Brook Fabrication and Steel Limited, Metal among potential customers. The information garnered at and Labrador or visit Specialty Limited, P.J.Cote Limited, The Tin Man Incorporated, these meetings will enable the network companies to meet www.theambassador.ca you and Western Steel Works, Incorporated — realized several industry standards and specifications for that market. get the advantage of staying years ago that they needed innovative thinking and cooperation in touch and being informed of to broaden the prospects for their industry. The Western Metalworking Network meets monthly to review goals and objectives and to discuss opportunities for business some of the latest happenings With assistance from the Department of Innovation, Trade and development, training and marketing. Hann says their primary in Newfoundland and Labrador. Rural Development, the six companies formed the Western objective is actively identifying, pursuing and tendering on Metalworking Network enabling them to bid jointly on larger relevant contracts. Once the Network secures a contract, “we This information is developed contracts and enhance their competitive edge. Together the have agreements in place to enable cooperative fabrication to assist a global network Network has more than 70 years in business, over 80 fulltime, and exporting,” Hann says. The network also works with of individuals like you, who highly skilled employees, 7,432 square metres (80,000 square various government agencies such as the Atlantic Canada through the Ambassador feet) of work area and 11,613 square metres (125,000 square Opportunities Agency to identify opportunities for growth and feet) of lay-down area. “With our combined capacities we can sustainability. “A key part of maintaining our competitiveness Program, actively champion meet the most demanding fabrication schedules year round,” is relevant training and counseling to continually enhance our Newfoundland and Labrador’s says group spokesperson Wayne Hann. marketability,” he says. advantages… at home… across Canada… around the world. In the fall of 2006, the newly-formed network met with a According to Hann, by marketing their full range of industry delegation from western Canada. That delegation visited services, Western Metalworking Network is now well on the Get the Ambassador Advantage. Stephenville at the request of The Bay St. George Task Force way to fabrication contracts in the Alberta marketplace. “And If you would like to learn and included Alberta’s senior industry stakeholders, public and this is just one component of a longer-term plan to use our private company officials and members of government. The networking model to access new markets and larger contracts more about the Ambassador outcome of the meeting “was confirmation of the feasibility wherever the opportunities exist.” Program, or if you would like to of our network fabricating and exporting components to the subscribe to the free quarterly Alberta market,” says Hann. Ambassador Newfoundland and Labrador newsletter, then please write, call or email us today. 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