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                                                                                                                                        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
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 undertook the installation of the jackets and in a region known for its 30 foot tidal range, installing these              The Marystown Shipyard and




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 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
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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.




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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
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             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.”
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                                        “A key part of maintaining our competitiveness is relevant
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become more involved.                   -Wayne Hann



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