VANCOUVER, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ -Today the Vancouver Harbour Flight
Centre (VHFC) released the findings of an independent safety report it
had commissioned for its float plane terminal operation. To conduct
this review, VHFC retained The Glosten Associates, an internationally
renowned marine engineering firm, and float plane aviation expert Gord
"Concerns raised regarding the ability of VHFC to provide safe,
efficient and effective services for float plane operators at its
facility in Coal Harbour are absolutely false," said Paul McElligottt,
President and COO of Ledcor Transportation and Resources.
"Particularly after the incident that occurred on November 5th involving
a float plane used in an unrelated safety review, it was important to
VHFC to cut through the rhetoric of our detractors that has been
reported in the media and present a factual and independent assessment
of the facility that can help bring this impasse to a close," he said.
"Comments regarding Ledcor's safety practices and the safety of its
operations are taken very seriously and an Incident Report produced by
our own Health and Safety personnel showed 1) the dock facility was not
responsible for the float plane taking on water and 2) that the root
cause likely had to do with a leaking starboard float on the plane and
the plane being docked at full load capacity for over 36 hours," he
"And now, this independent safety review commissioned by VHFC has found
that the facility's design, engineering and construction has resulted
in a float plane facility that is world class and that the Safety
Management System employed at the site should be the industry standard
for all float plane facilities" he concluded.
VHFC commissioned a comprehensive, independent assessment of its flight
centre and the related operating procedures. The review included
analysis of how the dock and aircraft moored to it responded to varying
wave and weather conditions, and reviewed the operating procedures for
pilots and deck personnel.
The authors of the safety review included engineers from The Glosten
Associates, a Seattle firm that delivers engineering and consulting
services to members of the Marine Community to help them meet the
challenges they encounter in the marine environment. The aviation
expert involved in the review was Gord Stevens, a pilot now employed by
Air Canada, with over 17,500 float plane hours to his credit and twelve
years of float plane operations and training experience in BC, the
Northwest Territories, Turkey and the Maldives.
Vancouver Harbour Flight Center LP (VHFC), is a partnership between
Harbour Navigation and the Ledcor Group for the construction and
operation of a $22 million float plane dock and terminal facilities
located in Coal Harbour adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre
(VCC). VHFC was designed and built to meet the needs of seaplane
operators and the rigorous standards set by VCC that reflect the
contemporary aesthetic of Vancouver Harbour.
Please see attached backgrounder
VHFC Backgrounder - Summary Findings of Independent Safety Review
Summary Findings of Independent Safety Review:
(excerpts from floatplane aviation expert Gordon Stevens)
The dock appears to be as reasonable and appropriate to use as any other
when responsible judgement is exercised.
The length, width and height of the dock and the markings on it appear
to be very conducive to operations in terms of safety and general
The dock - and the facility in general - appears to above what, in my
experience, would represent standard industry practices in construction
Incorporating the VHFC safety management system into operations will
promote a healthy and professional working environment between
operators and authorities.
SOURCE Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre
For further information:
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
The Ledcor Group