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Powell Street Overpass OPEN

The Powell Street Overpass project is a $50-million major road and rail infrastructure enhancement for a section of Powell Street in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, just west of Clark Drive.

The two key goals of the project are to:

  • Expand capacity and enhance the rail network that supports the movement of goods through Port Metro Vancouver 
  • Improve access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and commuters in the Powell Street corridor

The City will contribute $3.75 million to the project, and will be responsible for delivering the project on behalf of funding partners, which include Port Metro Vancouver, Transport Canada, CP, and TransLink.  

Project Status: 

July 28, 2014 – Overpass is scheduled to open 11am Monday July 28, 2014.

Posted: 28.07.2014


Innovative New Hard Hat for Waterfront Operations

The BCMEA and its safety partner the ILWU will be rolling out a unique hard hat that is a perfect fit for the vibrant waterfront environment. After a detailed analysis on head injuries, and a comprehensive investigation of accidents, a Type II hard hat was determined to be necessary for jobs where a hard hat was previously not worn.

The selection process was rigorous and in the end Dynamic Safety International (DSI) Massif hard hat was chosen for both its functionality and its comfort. DSI is a Canadian manufacture with production facilities in Ontario and Quebec. The DSI Massif Type II Class E Hard Hat is a change from the current hard hat, as it provides lateral protection as well as top impact protection, has a shorter brim and comes equipped with a comfortable chin strap.

ILWU Canada members will be the first longshore workers in North America to use this type of hard hat and will lead most other industries in the move to the Type II hardhat which offers superior protection to the Type I hardhat.

The BCMEA applauds the collaborative work of the Industry Joint Safety Committee, and TSI and its Safety Committees for working together to find a hard hat that is right for the job leading to a safer waterfront.

Posted: 05.07.2014


BCMEA Waterfront Games Update

Work is well under way for the first annual Waterfront Games scheduled for September 13, 2014 at the BCMEA’s Waterfront Training Centre on Mitchell Island.

The team is busy putting together the many aspects of the event - there will be weekly updates in the BCMEA’s bulletin as work progresses. Formal invitations will be sent out in July for the Games which promises to be a great family-friendly event for both industry stakeholders and the local community.


Posted: 27.06.2014


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