LNG Project Tug Berth

Project Type: Berth, dock and breakwater construction
Project Location: Kitimat, BC Canada
Date: 2023


A $40-billion liquified natural gas (LNG) project on Canada’s west coast required new infrastructure to host its electric and low-emissions escort tugs and harbour tugs. The project owner, a global oil and gas company, is committed to creating local jobs in Kitimat, providing skills training, and supporting First Nations communities. The project owner required an EPC partner with similar values and the people, vessels and resources to get the job done in a timely manner, in an area of the world known for inclement weather.


Bridgemans Kitamaat Joint Venture, a Haisla Nation partnership, secured the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the tug berth project in January 2023. The LNG tug berth project leveraged the skills, experience and manpower of more than 20 contract suppliers including seven First Nations and local area businesses. The project included concrete docks, floating breakwater, 50-metre-long marine piles, gangways, drag anchors, navigation aids, demolition of steel and rubber fenders, extraction of H-piles and concrete rehabilitation works.  It employed up to 35 people at one time and 100 workers over the year of construction. The tug berth construction project made extensive use of Bridgemans roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) and laydown facility in the Kitimat/Skeena BC region to load and offload trucks onto barges and provide short-term storage of construction materials and equipment. The Bridgemans RoRo facility, which is protected by a 122-meter (400-foot) breakwater, can accept barges up to 91 metres (300 feet) long in all weather conditions, and offers 24/7 road access and access to the Douglas Channel.