United Engineering Quinsam Shiploader

In 2022, Nickel Bros was trusted by United Engineering to plan and execute the delivery of a shiploader from Campbell River, BC to Saltery Bay, BC. Our engineering teams created a transport solution that was mindful of the multiple jurisdictions and final installation requirements. After engineering and preparation of a custom transporter was completed, Nickel Bros mobilized the 460,000 lbs / 230 T shiploader via jack-and-slide onto the transporter, and set up ramps for the ro-ro barging phase. After lashing and securing the cargo to ensure its safety, as well as that of the crew, it was towed down to the destination site, rolled off and positioned onto its pad.

Project Date: Q2, 2022

Industry: Mining

NB Scope: Nickel Bros (NB) provided engineering, equipment and workforce to transport one (1) Shiploader 95’x24’10”x16’@460,000lbs from point of origin at 4399-4341 Barge Terminal Rd, Campbell River, BC to destination site near St Vincent Bay near Saltery Bay, BC. Project Specifics include:

Project Specifics:

  • NB mobilized to origin site, prepared custom transporter
  • jack and slid the shiploader onto the transporter
  • set up ramps for rolling onto barge
  • lashed and secured cargo for marine transport
  • towed barge to destination site
  • set up ramps for rolling off barge
  • positioned shiploader onto pad

Cargo Stats (LWH@Lbs):

  • Shiploader 95’x24’10”x16’@460,000 lbs

Transport distance:

  • 80 kms


  • Limited drawings and data available
  • Unit fastened/bolted to foundation
  • Tide dependant loading and offload sites


  • Nickel Bros ensured additional capacity within system to manage any weight increases
  • Specialty cutting equipment and crews for separating structure from foundation
  • Careful planning of tides and delivery timelines
  • The bulkhead received improvements to ensure barge to land interface and smooth transition of offload

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