August 15, 2022

The sun has been shining on our crew as we work away on the 3 million pound barge. So far, we’ve got the demolition shear onboard and are snipping at the walls which will continue into next week. Next, we’ll begin to remove the concrete deck structure which completes our first stage of work. The second stage begins with the demolition of the hull which will require scaffolders on-site.

Getting started!

August 1, 2022

Ian Purvis, Project Manager at VanPile for the Barge Deconstruction project is pleased to be getting started. There has been a lot of preparation over the past months to determine the best process for removing the barge. This has included obtaining regulatory permits, consulting with local Indigenous communities, working with the City of Vancouver and other partners, conducting the required engineering and environmental assessments in addition to mobilizing equipment and personnel. Now that the piles are in place, Ian is looking forward to getting that excavator on site next week! Check here for updates from Ian and the rest of the team as deconstruction progresses. 


July 25, 2022

Site preparation and safety barriers are in place and we’re onto next steps. The barge deconstruction process begins this week with the installation of temporary piles to support the marine work and the removal of loose wood chips and debris on the barge deck. The work will be pausing for the long weekend, with the main deconstruction work starting the week of August 2 when a demolition excavator will be lifted onto the barge to remove the bin walls.

The full process to deconstruct and remove the barge from English Bay will take 12-15 weeks. The seawall will remain open during deconstruction and there will be no impacts to traffic or parking in the area and minimal impact to park activities. Check back again for updates, progress, and anticipated timelines.

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!

Thanks for your patience

May 19, 2022

Thank you for your patience as we continue planning the deconstruction and removal of the barge from English Bay. Deconstructing the barge is complex due to the location and condition of the vessel. Removal is being carefully planned and includes consultation with industry experts and partners including the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Throughout the planning, deconstruction and removal process, we are committed to proactive measures to ensure there are no negative environmental impacts and minimal impact on park activities. At this time, we can confirm the seawall will remain open during deconstruction.

We are working with our partners and hope to have a deconstruction start date to share soon. Thank you for your ongoing patience.


Feb 17, 2022

Since it landed near Sunset Beach, the barge has been a popular attraction and the subject of international media attention. We understand there is public interest in this project and we are happy to provide updates as they’re available. We appreciate your patience!