VANCOUVER – Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. (VanPile) has begun the process of removing the famous Vancouver barge from Sunset Beach near the downtown core.
The barge became stranded on Sunset Beach during a windstorm on Nov. 15, 2021 and efforts at the time to remove it were unsuccessful. It has since become a popular Vancouver attraction for photos but a detailed structural assessment of the vessel determined refloating the barge is not possible and it must be dismantled and removed.
VanPile has installed safety barriers and fences and the next stage of work will include additional site preparation and installation of temporary piles to secure the barge. Once that work is completed deconstruction will begin including removal of the barge walls and hulls in sections.
All material will be loaded in support barges and hauled away by sea to a staging area for processing and recycling.
“The work will have minimal impact to park activities and is expected to take approximately 12 to 15 weeks to complete once deconstruction has begun. The seawall will remain open during this time, and there will be no impact to traffic or parking in the area,” a City of Vancouver release stated.
The barge removal has been planned in consultation with industry experts, partners and First Nation groups. Hazardous material, archeological and structural assessments have been completed to ensure the sensitive marine environment is protected, the release added.
Updates and information on work progress are available at englishbaybarge.ca.