First Johnson Street Bridge Steel Shipment Leaving China

July 17 2017

The first shipment of steel pieces for the new Johnson Street Bridge has been loaded onto a barge in China and will travel down the Yangtze River to Shanghai. Once it arrives in Shanghai the steel will be loaded onto a heavy lift ship in and transported to British Columbia.

The steel will take approximately 25 days to cross the Pacific Ocean and will arrive in mid-late August. The components being shipped include the north and south rings, the lower counterweight and the temporary structure (false work) used to support the various components of the bridge during erection. The steel will be offloaded at either Ogden Point in Victoria or at the Fraser Surrey Docks depending on the Victoria cruise ship schedule. It will then be transported to Point Hope Shipyard.

Once the steel arrives in Victoria it will be cleaned and then inspected for any possible damage during shipping. The painting of the south ring is complete, however to meet the required shipping date, the north ring has only received a primer coating, and the painting of the north ring will be completed in Victoria.

Once at the Point Hope Shipyard, United Engineering will attach the span support structure which is nearing completion in Tianjin, China. The segments of the span support structure are being shipped separately and are composed of much smaller segments which can be shipped by container.

The second shipment of steel is expected to leave China in September and arrive in October.


Ship tracking information:

For those interested in tracking the progress of the vessel carrying the steel, click the link to follow the AAL KEMBLA travel progress across the Pacific Ocean: AAL KEMBLA

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