Greater Victoria will see even larger cruise ships next season

Politicians in town to trumpet past infrastructure investment

Borg Erichsen takes a photo of the first cruise ship of the season

With the Crystal Serenity docked as the first cruise ship of the season in Victoria, the federal and provincial governments used the opportunity to highlight the success of their 2009 investment in Ogden Point.

An expansion to the pier, including a new mooring dolphin and dredging of Pier B, was completed by early 2011 for nearly $4 million. The cost was split between the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, the provincial and federal government.

“I’m delighted our investments are paying off here in Victoria,” federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore, said Tuesday morning. “The expanded pier is increasing tourism and providing a significant boost to British Columbia’s economy.”

Making use of the expanded pier, the 315-metre Celebrity Solstice is confirmed to call on Victoria next year. The ship is 20 metres longer than the longest ship due to arrive this year.

Also new for the site, Global Marine Systems Limited will move into a warehouse at Ogden Point Pier A. The company is the largest provider of submarine cable installation and maintenance worldwide. Its Victoria office will maintain submarine cable telecommunications links.

The five-year lease is part of the harbour authority’s strategy to diversify and revitalize Ogden Point.

rholmen@vicnews.com

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