More than $6.8 mill in joint funding has been agreed for a dolphin extension project in Victoria, BC at the Ogden Point cruise terminal.
Marco Mendicino, Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Sonterra Ross, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority COO signed the deal whereby the dolphin structure will be extended by more than 55 m plus the addition of two breasting dolphins on each side of the main pier structure to
accommodate larger vessels.
The new structure will be able to dock ‘quantum’-sized cruise ships that are increasingly being used by cruise lines, allowing Vancouver Island hub to accommodate more passengers, while supporting tourism and economic growth for the region as a whole.
“The Government of Canada understands that strategic investments in infrastructure are crucial to increasing tourism, driving economic development and strengthening the middle class. Expanding the dolphin wharfat Victoria harbour’s Ogden Point Cruise Terminal will help Vancouver Island continue to thriveas a top destination for tourists and businesses alike while creating jobs and new economic opportunities for residents,“ Mendicino said.
“We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for the support from the Government of Canada. The expansion of the mooring dolphin at the Ogden Point cruise terminal will allow for the safe mooring of newer classes of ships calling to Victoria, which is Canada’s most popular cruise port of call,” Ross said.