Port de Grave har­bour in­creases ca­pac­ity

Fed­er­ally-funded project im­proves elec­tri­cal ser­vice, adds win­ter berthage

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­[email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

Fed­er­ally-funded project im­proves elec­tri­cal ser­vice, adds win­ter berthage

With fish­ery quo­tas con­tin­u­ing to de­cline across the board, the lo­cal har­bour mas­ter in Port de Grave con­sid­ers offloading ca­pac­ity to be es­pe­cially im­por­tant for har­vesters.

That’s why Dar­ren Kennedy is par­tic­u­larly pleased with the work that’s hap­pen­ing in the har­bour to cre­ate ad­di­tional offloading space. This work, due to be com­pleted in mid-Novem­ber, is part of a fed­er­ally-funded project in ex­cess of $600,000 to sup­port the Port de Grave Har­bour Au­thor­ity.

“That’s one of the main things now with the quo­tas de­plet­ing – you’ve got to try and get as much as you can with ma­te­rial.”

— Dar­ren Kennedy

Fo­cus­ing on the south side of the har­bour, the work will cre­ate two ad­di­tional berthage spa­ces for com­mer­cial fish­ing ves­sels to use in win­ter months. Once the fish­ing sea­son is ac­tive, the area will be­come a site for offloading.

“We had a cou­ple of offloading spots, which were kind of con­gested when two boats were in,” Kennedy noted. “So, in the sum­mer time, it’s go­ing to be used as a place for offloading … which means a lot to us, be­cause with small craft har­bours, a lot of your rev­enue comes from offloading.”

This will prove to be par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial dur­ing the capelin sea­son. For the most re­cent sea­son, the har­bour served mul­ti­ple capelin pro­ces­sors and had to turn down re­quests from other plants due to a lack of ca­pac­ity to han­dle ad­di­tional offloading.

“The more you can land at your har­bour is ben­e­fi­cial to your har­bour,” Kennedy said. “That’s one of the main things now with the quo­tas de­plet­ing – you’ve got to try and get as much as you can with ma­te­rial.”

In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional offloading space, the fed­eral funds will sup­port im­proved elec­tri­cal ser­vice in the har­bour.

Ac­cord­ing to Kennedy, the har­bour has been forced at times to turn away boats re­quir­ing three-phase power – a ne­ces­sity for many newer 70-to90-foot boats. The only source to ac­com­mo­date that sort of elec­tric­ity re­quire­ment was lo­cated on the wharf by the Ocean Choice In­ter­na­tional prop­erty.

“We only had a cou­ple of plugs over there, so we were look­ing for some more 220-volt (plugs) and some three-phase power,” the har­bour mas­ter ex­plained. “In do­ing this project, they’re go­ing to put some ex­tra power in there.”

The 220-volt plugs will be added to the har­bour’s fin­ger pier.

“I guess this is a three-phased thing with this small sec­tion they’re do­ing here,” Kennedy said. “What we’re look­ing at is try­ing to in­crease what we can do for the fish­er­men here in those three as­pects: ex­tra berthage in the win­ter, in­creas­ing the elec­tri­cal (ser­vice) that we can pro­vide and the offloading in the sum­mer time.”

Look­ing beyond the cur­rent project, the har­bour mas­ter has iden­ti­fied a num­ber of smaller main­te­nance is­sues that will soon need to be ad­dressed.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON — THE COM­PASS

On­go­ing con­struc­tion work at the Port de Grave wharf is ex­pected to fin­ish up in Novem­ber.

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