The vast number of coastal developments being planned over the next 20 years across the Emirates has created the potential for substantive populations to be linked by marine transport. As such, BMT supported Parsons Brinckerhoff in developing the first marine transport masterplan for Dubai.
A transport model integrating inland and offshore modes can realise significant efficiencies and benefits.
In developing the ferry network and pier nodes, it was noted that the phasing of the coastal development and its waterways presented challenges and risks. The study provided:
The solution delivered by BMT were three-fold, providing a practical, flexible solution that considers a number of variables and opportunities.
BMT took part in a review of the opportunities for a public marine transport system as part of a previously commissioned waterfront master plan.
BMT delivered a Preliminary Marine Transportation Masterplan and an Intermodal Terminal Requirements study to identify the value of adding marine connectivity to Dubai's metro line development.
The Arabian Canal is a unique navigable waterway set within a broad corridor of waterfront real estate development. Years ago when it was proposed, it was anticipated that the canal would host a variety of recreational and public Ferry/Water Bus vessels. BMT delivered several marine planning services to aid canal development.
BMT was appointed by Vopak Yang Pu, Hainan Storage Terminal to provide consultancy services on all matters relating to the marine facilities for the terminal development.