In addition to our large fleet of marine equipment for pile driving, dredging and marine construction, our marine base in North Vancouver is equipped with a Graving Dock. This facility allows us to build large floating concrete structures with outstanding quality control. We provide excellent value to our clients.

Vanpile's floating concrete structures are constructed utilizing high strength, quality controlled reinforced concrete, which can include pre-stressing or post-tensioning, dependent on the design requirements. The designs also take advantage of positive expanded polystyrene (EPS) floatation completely enclosed in concrete and/or open cell construction. Our structures, located up and down the West Coast, have been in heavy civil service since 1975.

Vanpile has undertaken many challenging and innovative floating concrete structures for a variety of high-profile clients. Our proven capabilities are exemplified in projects such as a floating woodchip offloading facility for Harmac Pacific, a new floating terminal for the Spirit Class vessels for BC Ferries at Swartz Bay, Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal and a floating heliport for the Port of Vancouver (Helijet Airways). Our innovation on such projects mentioned has allowed us to Patent certain designs.


Construction of bridges and overpasses is an area in which we have been an acknowledged leader for many years. Our experience includes construction in concrete, steel and timber structures with piers and abutments in water and on land. Projects have involved all types of pile foundations and many special procedures have been developed for cofferdams, pile driving and concrete placement.


Vanpile has a metal fabrication shop which specializes in custom equipment and tool fabrication for our projects. This allows us to fabricate new or modify existing equipment and tools to maximize their efficiency for each project. We have multiple subarc welding machines used for production pile splicing. Vanpile is certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) in Division 2 to the following Standards:

  • CSA Standard W47.1, Certification of Companies for Fusion Welding of Steel
  • CSA Standard W59, Welded Steel Construction (Metal Arc Welding)
  • CSA Standard W186, Welding of Reinforcing Bars in Reinforced Concrete Construction

  • Ladysmith Float
    Ladysmith Float
  • Seaspan Floats
    Seaspan Floats
  • Dollarton Bridge
    Dollarton Bridge
  • Swartz Pontoon under Lions Gate Bridge
    Swartz Pontoon under Lions Gate Bridge
  • New Pontoon For Swartz Bay Terminal
    New Pontoon For Swartz Bay Terminal
  • Vanpile's Drydock in North Vancouver
    Vanpile's Drydock in North Vancouver
  • Caissons Being Transported to Delta Port
    Caissons Being Transported to Delta Port
  • Caissons at Delta Port
    Caissons at Delta Port