Victoria-based shipyard, Point Hope Maritime, applied last week for federal approvals to construct a $50-million graving dock. Point Hope has applied to add 7,700 square metres to its existing federal water-lot lease. The expansion would allow the shipyard to service larger vessels and expand its workforce.
Point Hope’s new general manager, Riccardo Regosa, said that a 173-metre-long graving dock could push the total number of shipyard employees and contractors on site to about 400.
Customers include naval, coast guard and B.C. Ferries vessels. Fishing boats and passenger vessels such as MV Uchuck III and the V2V Empress are among others that pull in. The yard typically handles vessels of up to about 180 feet, but the graving dock would permit the company to take vessels up to 560 feet. It could also be divided so two vessels could be worked on at once.
Point Hope currently focuses on repairs and service, but Regosa is not ruling out the possibility of building new ships.