Construction of a second cruise berth in Sydney (NS Canada) is on budget and currently on track to be completed by the end 2019, an official with the engineering company of the project revealed.
To date, over half of the 43 pilings that form the main structural support had been driven, according to Richard Morykot of engineering firm CBCL. He added that the concrete deck was 30% installed. Landscaping and installation of water lines were also continuing. The dredging required for the project should be completed within the next days.
The biggest challenge the project had encountered was the poor ground conditions at the bottom of the harbour. However, the geotechnical work done in advance had forewarned of the issues.
Zutphen Contractors of Southwest Mabou won the contract.
In September 2018, Cape Breton Regional Municipality awarded the building tender for the 2nd berth project after reducing the scope of work to bring the US$20-million project in on budget. The invitation for the 3 lowest bidders in the initial tender call to rebid on a revised project resulted in the contract being awarded to Zutphen Contractors Inc. for just above US$19 million, with tax.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality had consulting engineer CBCL Ltd redesign the cruise berth after all tenders came in at least US$4 million above the US$20-million budget.
The date of the project's substantial completion has been stated as December 31, 2019.