Work on damaged Victoria seaplane base to begin soon

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority looking to reconfigure former Hyack Air site

Nearly two months after the MV Coho slammed into an Inner Harbour marina, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is finalizing plans to rebuild the docks.

On July 10, the Port Angeles ferry hit the former Hyack Air floatplane terminal as it was reversing in front of the Victoria Regent Hotel, causing around $80,000 in damage and destroying the docks. Fortunately, no boats or planes were moored there at the time.

Insurance claims have now been finalized between Black Ball Ferry Line and the harbour authority, which purchased the facility in June.

“We’re going to do a bit of a reconfiguration to get better use of the facility, but essentially, what the insurance pays for is the same amount of linear dock space,” said Curtis Grad, GVHA president and CEO. “We may even choose to invest more money in additional dock space.”

Work is expected to begin later this fall.