Ralmax Group of Companies (Ralmax) announced June 29th, 2020 that it has acquired a majority ownership position in the Victoria Harbour Ferry and has signed a lease agreement with the Victoria Harbour Authority to ensure the continued operation of this well-established marine tourism operation on Victoria harbour.
Western purple martins are a subspecies of purple martin that migrate from Western Brazil to the west coast of the US and southwestern coastal BC to nest each summer. Their population on the coast once numbered more than 1,000 breeding pairs but by the mid-1980’s, only a few breeding pairs survived. The Purple Martin Stewardship and Recovery Program (PMSRP) is one of the groups implementing a research based plan for the recovery of the species. It’s working and Ralmax is a part of it.
(From left-right) Mark Collins, BC Ferries' President, and CEO. Mark Wilson, BC Ferries' Vice President of Engineering. Riccardo Regosa, General Manager of Point Hope Maritime. Ian Maxwell, President, and CEO of Ralmax Group of Companies. Signing the agreement in front of the Point Hope Maritime workforce.
The agreement between Ralmax’s Point Hope Maritime and BC Ferries is a 5-year service deal that will see vessels come into the yard for regular drydock projects as well as emergency services. There are around 20 scheduled projects set over those 5 years. The vessels included in the agreement are the Kahloke, Klitsa, Kuper, Kwuna, Nicola, Nimpkish, Tachek and Quadra Queen II. This partnership will greatly help with operations as it will give Point Hope a level of certainty that comes with establishing a scheduled service.
On Saturday, March 18th a 15-meter wide, 116-meter long ferry dock pontoon weighing in at about 4,100 tonnes, was maneuvered through Victoria’s inner harbour and out into the Georgia Strait. Set to be the new ferry dock for BC Ferries, the pontoon was tugged along the water for 48-hours until it reached its destination on the Sunshine Coast at the Langdale terminal. This project required multiple companies to complete the various tasks required. United Engineering, Salish Sea, Point Hope, and Trio all contributed to the completion of this project along with a number of sub-contractors.
Since August, crews at Point Hope Maritime have been hard at work to convert the 38.5-meter fast ferry from a luxury dinner boat to a passenger ferry that’s set to make its first sailing between Victoria and Vancouver on May 1st. The ferry, dubbed the V2V Empress, required extensive interior work including a complete strip-out of the old interior, and all the electrical and mechanical components.
Late last year Ellice acquired Kingsters Bin Sanitizing, a bin cleaning service company located here in Victoria. The owner of the former bin cleaning company, Steve Biles, has stayed on to act as a sales rep and operator. This cleaning service is operated through a specialized truck designed to pick up garbage and organic waste bins and applies pressurized water.
11-year-old Helene Rempel is making magic happen by turning aluminum pop can tabs into a wheelchair for a child in need.
Five years ago, when Helene Rempel was in grade one, she learned that 1-thousand pounds of pop can tabs can purchase a wheelchair for a child in need. Since Helene first started collecting pop can tabs, the price for aluminum has reduced by 50%.
And that’s why Ellice Recycle stepped up.
“We’re matching the donation" says Stephen Hay, General Manager of Ellice Recycling.
Trio Ready-Mix poured 402m3 of concrete for Knappett Projects at the Saanich Senior Living Building located at 944 Gorge Road. We started pumping at 7:30 am and the last truck left at 4:15 pm with a total of 42 loads.
In 2014 with the desire to continue investing in the future of the shipyard, the Ralmax Group of Companies purchased, from the Province of British Columbia, the marine industrial property that Point Hope Maritime utilizes. This investment was made in order to continue the expansion and modernization of the yard and its associated businesses.
Since 1873, Point Hope has played a key role in the commercial and industrial activities of the Port of Victoria by servicing visiting vessels in our safe harbor. Point Hope Maritime has been successful by focusing on efficient high-quality service of these vessels by our skilled employees. The shipyard invests heavily in infrastructure improvements, environmental upgrades and maintains a focus on safe operations.