In May 2018, Tower Arctic LTD, a leader in large-scale projects in Canada's North, was awarded to build and repair a marine infrastructure near Koojesse Inlet in Nunavut in the Iqaluit region.
The contract consists in the construction of a deep-water port and the repair of the existing causeway and the municipal harbor.
Given the start of construction planned for mid-July 2018, the project is still in the planning phase. This phase consist of setting up all the methods that will be used during the project and to develop all the security measures.
Due to COVID-19, Tower Arctic cannot hold public meetings. Please see this document, our Facebook page and website for information on the 2020 construction season.
2021 Iqaluit Marine Infrastructure Project
Start of the project and hiring
Construction will go ahead this summer. This has been approved by the GN and by the City of Iqaluit. The Tower Arctic team will follow the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Nunavut. Everyone has been in quarantine at a designed hotel for 14 days before flying to Iqaluit. In addition, the TA team has the following COVID-19 precautions in place:
Socila distancing of 2 meters or wearing mask when this is not possible
Increased hygiene standards in workplace and camps
Worker health monitoring
The team should arrive in Iqaluit in the first week of May. The team will prepare the camp, the site and the equipment. The construction work will start during the first week of June.
Within the first month after the start of the construction season, TA will post and advertise a newsletter with updated information about the projet to keep the community informed.
Hiring for the projet will start at the beginning of June. The following jobs available are truck drivers, housekeepers, welder, laborer, nautical assistant, marine mammal observer, etc.
Please send resume or questions via:
Construction plan for 2021
Deep Sea Port site
Maritime works will occur from June to November
Installation of the template for the last cell and arch
Sheet pilling of the last cell and arch
Backfilling of the last cell and arch
Miscellaneaous steel installation (cope beam, bull raid, ladder, etc.)
Drilling and blasting activities will occur from July to September
Crushing and screening activities will occur from July to September.
North and South Shore mooring concrete bases will be poured in July
Wharf approach placement will occur from October to November
Electrical works will be carried out during October
Fuel line installation will begin in October
This year agin, there will be pile driving at the wharf. This inlvolves using heavy equipement to drive and place the sheet piles in the seabeds as per the design of the new wharf. Underwater noise will be monitored to comply with the permits and protect marine life.
near the Causeway
The Causeway is accessible through the designated blue zone. Users must park in the temporary parking lot. It is forbidden to enter the construction site.
Tower Arctic will continue to maintain the surface of the causeway ramp during the construction season.
Please, avoid putting your engine at maximum when launching or loading boats on your trailer. This makes big holes and ruts in the ramp. If you have trouble getting on or off the ramp, ask a Tower Arctic worker for help and we will come and help as soon as we can.
The red area is the snowmobile access ramp, wich can also be used as parking. The snowmobile acces ramp is below the extreme high tides and may be flooded when tides are greater than 11.3 meters or during storms or wavy conditions.
PLEASE NOTE THAT TOWER ARCTIC WILL BE TRANSPORTING BLASTED ROCKS USING THEIR 40T ROCK TRUCKS FROM THE DEEP SEA PORT TO THE SMALL CRAFT HARBOUR USING PUBLIC ROADS. EACH CONVOY WILL BE ESCORTED BY LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES.
HAUL ROAD DETAILS FROM DSP TO SCH GO AS FOLLOW:
RIGHT TURN ON ALANNGUA ROAD
RIGHT TURN ON NIURAIVI ROAD TOWARDS SEA LIFT BEACH AREA
CONTINUE ON THE SEA LIFT BEACH AREA TOWARDS SMALL CRAFT HARBOUR FOLLOWING THE HIGH TIDE MARK
TURN RIGHT ON QIA OWNED ROAD AT PUMP STATION #1 BEHIND THE NORTH MALL
RIGHT TURN ON SINAA STREET TO WORK SITE
At Deep Sea Port
BLASTING will start start on the week of mid-July and continue until September. Like last year, a safety area of 500 m for blasting will be set up.
It is important to respect this safety zone at all times.Tower Arctic will give notices daily prior to any blasting (via Website WWW.TOWERARCTIC.NET, site board and radio).
Tower Arctic will make sure that no one is in the 500 perimeter zone. The Blaster will give 12 blows of a horn to notify the blast ignition. The Long horn blow afterwards will let you know that the zone is safe again.
At Small Craft Harbour
The earthworks at the SCH are almost completed, maintenance work will take place during the season if the need arises. TA will notify the community in advance that they must move their vehicles for the operation.
If the use of rock trucks is necessary, the same route as in previous years will be use, the main route used for hauling materials will be via:
•RIGHT TURN ON ALANNGUA ROAD
•RIGHT TURN ON NIURAIVI ROAD TOWARDS SEA LIFT BEACH AREA
•CONTINUE ON THE SEA LIFT BEACH AREA TOWARDS SMALL CRAFT HARBOUR FOLLOWING THE HIGH TIDE MARK
•TURN RIGHT ON QIA OWNED ROAD AT PUMP STATION #1 BEHIND THE NORTH MALL
•RIGHT TURN ON SINAA STREET TO WORK SITE
Dust, Noise and Traffic will be mostly near the Small Craft Harbour and on Akilliqroad to site.
Marine Safety For Boaters
•Use of maritime buoys with warning lights to indicate the working zone and stay alert.
•Deep Sea Port and Small Craft Harbour buoys have been removed before winter and will be replaced when restarting construction work.
•Tower Arctic will be alert to the presence of local boaters and work accordingly in a safe manner
Deep Sea Port Navigation Route
In order to respect the safety perimeter, it is mandatory for boaters to stay away from Tower Arctic’s equipment and outside of the safety perimeter marked by the maritime buoys.
The navigation route is shown in blue on the figure bellow.
The red circle represents the safety perimeter for the blasting operations.
Safe Boat Access at The Small Craft Harbour
No work is scheduled for 2021 in the small craft aera. Breakwaters and dredging works are completed since 2020, therefore no marine restriction is to be encountered by local boaters.