Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd (VanPile) has been contracted to complete the removal of the SMT-5000 barge from English Bay beach, with the planning process currently underway.



The barge is structurally unsound, cannot be refloated and will be deconstructed on site.

Preparation for the deconstruction is complex and involves consultation with multiple stakeholders and subject matter experts. Planning is underway and includes safety, security, habitat and environmental protections and assessments. 



Timing for the deconstruction and removal of the barge is still being determined. Detailed and careful planning is underway. Check back for updates.


BARGE deconstruction and removal set to begin

June 29, 2022

This week, we begin the much-anticipated process of removing the barge, starting with the installation of safety barriers and fences.

The next stage of work will include additional site preparation and the installation of temporary piles to secure the barge. Once completed, deconstruction of the barge will begin, which includes the removal of the barge walls and hulls in sections. All material will be loaded onto support barges and hauled away by sea to a staging area to be processed and recycled.

The work will have minimal impact to park activities and is expected to take approximately 12-15 weeks to complete once deconstruction has begun. The seawall will remain open during this time and there will be no impacts to traffic or parking in the area.

During this process residents and visitors can expect:

  • Work hours will typically be Monday to Friday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.
  • Periods of noise are expected.
  • All work will comply with City of Vancouver noise by-laws and will be monitored.

The barge removal has been carefully planned in consultation with industry experts, partners and First Nation groups. Hazardous material, archeological and structural assessments have been completed to ensure the sensitive marine environment is protected.

Looking forward to getting started!

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