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Pier 17 Expansion

The Pier 17 Expansion is Open for Business

This is an exciting time for the Port of St. John's. After consultation with industry and port users, a rigorous planning period and a successful construction phase, this new expansion to our busy, working port is now operational.

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Two new operational berths support a wide variety of offshore energy-related vessels; equipped with all the mooring hardware required for safe and secure berthing


Reduces waiting times for vessels seeking berthage


Increases berthage capacity, resulting in lower emissions and less fuel consumption


Shore power at each berth allows vessels to plug in and turn off their generators, further reducing emissions


Increases wharf and landside capacity to accommodate cranes and heavy equipmentfe


The Pier 17 Finger Pier allows us to better serve the needs of our Port users, specifically our offshore supply and service customers, and to create opportunities to support future growth with two new operational berths.

The $12.8 million facility, designed after consultation with industry and port users, will enhance berthing capacity and expand operational capabilities in the Port of St. John’s. The Government of Canada and the SJPA each committed up to $6.4 million to support the expansion, to better serve port users and future industry needs.




Construction on the new concrete wharf structure, which extends 135 metres from the shoreline into the St. John’s harbour, began in June 2017. Today, the 15-metre wide pier allows vessels to berth on each side and is equipped with the necessary mooring hardware to safely secure a wide variety of offshore energy-related or similarly sized vessels. Each new berth is outfitted with electric power pedestals that allow vessels to plug in and power down their generators, thereby eliminating emissions while vessels are moored.

The expansion project also improved landside capacity, allowing the adjacent Pier 17 laydown yard to better marshal equipment and supplies while accommodating larger cranes and heavy equipment, all within a safe and secure area. Expanding capacity and enhancing capabilities, the Pier 17 Finger Pier reduces wait times for vessels seeking to berth and increases efficiency in the Port as it evolves to meet future demands.


The project has resulted in new jobs during the construction phase and ongoing employment at the Port in support of our customers. A more efficient port means more business for our city, our province, and our country.

As one of Canada's most modern and financially sustainable ports, we remain grateful to our many stakeholders for providing the foundation for success. We have an important, far-reaching regional economic role and a responsibility to provide world-class, efficient port services, and we thank the port community for contributing to its many achievements.

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