In the spring of 2000 Harbour Development embarked on a 4000 kilometer ocean voyage from our home port of Halifax to the Northern Manitoba port of Churchill. The 30-day voyage to Hudson Bay was made by the tugs Atlantic Alder, Atlantic Oak, the dredge Shovelmaster and the two 500 yard dump scows HD8 and HD9.
The Shovelmaster was extensively modified for the trip to Churchill and brought with it, two Heavy Duty clamshell buckets as well as a dipper stick with 7 yard Esco bucket for use in the hard packed till of the Northern most grain handling port in North America.
Logistically there are major challenges to working in a place that is several thousand kilometers from home. To add to these challenges is the fact that Churchill is not accessible by road as the last stretch of highway ends near Thompson, Manitoba, nearly 300 kms away.
The project involved the removal of approximately 270,000 cubic meters of material. Quite a bit of this material to be removed was glacial till and represented very difficult dredging. The project took place over two years, and was completed on time, in the fall of 2001. The Shovelmaster and her two scows were returned to the Maritimes to begin dredging in the Port of Saint John.