​Photo: Heavy Lift vessel arrives in Kitimat harbour to start pre-construction work for LNG Canada

LGN Canada posted on Twitter on Tuesday: "The first barge is safely offloaded from the Transhelf Heavy lift vessel in a beautiful Kitimat harbour. Four more to go."

A 34,000-ton heavy lift vessel carrying barges for LNG Canada pre-construction work arrived in Kitimat harbour this week.

While a final investment decision has yet to be made by the project partners, summer site work is underway in order to keep the project on schedule should it go ahead. A decision is expected later this year.

The Transhelf Heavy lift vessel carried equipment required for dredging in order to prepare the existing port for larger vessels, LNG Canada said.

The company said it needs to needs to take advantage of a period of limited fish migration during the summer in order to complete the work.

Dredging is being executed by Boskalis, while Triton Haisla will conduct environmental monitoring, as well as crab and fish salvage.