Infrequently does Canada add an entirely new class of warship to its Defence arsenal, and recently the Government of Canada did just that, embracing a new class of vessel with its Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) program. This program speaks directly to the government’s mandate for preservation of Arctic presence and sovereignty of our northern nation. As a plane needs a hangar, a warship needs a berth, to establish readiness as it meets its call for operations with the Department of National Defence (DND). The AOPS vessels are being constructed by IRVING at its ocean-side facility adjacent Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Dockyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which will also serve as a berth for the AOPS vessels as they emerge off the line starting in the summer of 2019. The berth for the vessels will be Jetty NJ, which has been under design and construction for several years, reaching substantial completion in summer 2019. While a new construction, this is hardly a new jetty space, but is rather laden with history in the Canadian military. The space occupied by Jetty NJ was formally part of wartime construction process in Halifax in the late 1940s, and offered two berths at that time – Jetty NJ and NK. Being of traditional timber pile construction, these jetties, while having served well, met their life expectancy and were deemed unsafe and subsequently demolished in January 2004. The space was later envisioned to berth the new Joint support ship (JSS), however, later became established as the future multi-purpose berth for AOPS vessels, where they would reside in a 2x2 configuration. NJ was designed several years ago in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A modern jetty requires not only a space to tie up, but also numerous services such as water, steam, and wired communications, all fed via subsurface tunnel systems. In the case of NJ, a new high voltage feed and substation was also required. The tender for construction took place in 2015, being awarded in June of that same year. This was the most significant undertaking of marine construction by DND in quite some time. It went very well, and, like most construction projects, was met with interesting challenges. The project experienced acute intersections in the domains of provincial environmental regulations on sodium, the realities of effects on marine habitat and aquatic life (lending to compensation), and the impact of subsea blasting to the local community when it quickly garnered awareness to a portion of residents of the Halifax peninsula. To meet these challenges, a plethora of stakeholders were involved and the project demanded strategic planning, foresight, and a refined approach to communication and collaboration among all parties. These elements were paramount in realizing the successful delivery of Jetty NJ in 2019, having surmounted all challenges. Lorne Oram, Project Manager, Department of National Defence
Born in the Maritimes, Lorne is a seasoned engineer and project manager with a diverse background. He commenced his career in energy management, followed by stints at universities, doing software for a defence company, and spent years in telecom research and development.
He's now at more than a decade of tenure with the Department of National Defence (DND). As a project manager with DND, Lorne has marked his contributions on a national ship program, on architecture to deliver DND's first satellite and ground system, and also on a host of large capital infrastructure projects for DND.
Lorne's seeming variety of interests is actually quite focussed - it's a passion for project management, rallying people, and
delivering. He's a Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng), a Project Management Professional (PMP), and as a lover of academia - a graduate of three universities. His greatest motivation is found when someone tells him he can't do something!