The proposed graving dock would be sufficient to accommodate large fishing vessels, Coast Guard vessels, as well as large tugs, allowing them to be dry docked for inspection and repair. Such a facility would save local vessels the expensive and often arduous task of travelling north to Alaska or south for repair. The dock could allow for fabricating and launching larger structures from the area. The facility would be an excellent outlet for the high level of skilled vessel repair merchants in Prince Rupert, as well as attracting more trained professionals to the area. The dock would take advantage of the natural tides in Prince Rupert to float vessels in and out, while a wash water catchment basin would ensure protection of harbour waters.