St. John’s Port Authority announces Pier 17 West Expansion

News Release

May 31, 2017    St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador           

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, joined Sean Hanrahan, President and CEO of the St. John’s Port Authority (SJPA), to announce the new Pier 17 West expansion project.

Following consultation with industry and port users, the St. John’s Port Authority is building a new finger pier, which is a deck structure that projects from the shoreline into the harbour, allowing a vessel to be berthed on each side. The Port Authority will also carry out infrastructure improvements in order to increase wharf and landside capacity. This $12.8-million project will increase the port’s ability to provide its offshore energy supply and service customers with increased operational capabilities, as well as benefiting other port users, the community, and the province.

Construction will begin in June 2017 and the project is anticipated to be completed in August 2018.

The project will:

  • Add two new, fully-equipped berths supporting a wide variety of offshore energy-related vessels (such as platform supply, dive support and/or seismic vessels);
  • Increase wharf and landside capacity to accommodate cranes and heavy equipment;
  • Increase berthage capacity, resulting in lower emissions because vessels will burn less fuel while waiting for a berth; and
  • Provide shore power at each berth, which allows vessels to plug in and turn off their generators, further reducing emissions.

About the St. John’s Port Authority: The St. John’s Port Authority is a financially self-sufficient federal agency. It receives all of its revenues from port operations, and reinvests all earnings into port infrastructure and operations. The SJPA’s effective stewardship, combined with the invaluable efforts of the port community, mean that the port provides an economic impact on the province of about $397-million per year with an estimated 3,890 direct and indirect jobs.


“All Canadians benefit from a competitive and efficient transportation system, providing for the efficient movement of people and goods to foster Canada’s economic growth.  This is why the Government of Canada has committed up to $6.4 million to support this project.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“We are looking forward to the increased capacity that Pier 17 West will allow us to provide port users. We are proud to introduce a project that will have such a positive impact on our city and province, while also contributing to Canada’s long-term economic growth and prosperity”

Sean Hanrahan
President and CEO of the St. John’s Port Authority


Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

Amanda Eid
St. John’s Port Authority / NATIONAL Public Relations
709-754-9614 ext. 8644

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