The western border of Sharjah is flanked along the coastline by a series of lagoons created from the reclamation of adjoining peninsulas. The lagoon area had been identified for development to provide an accessible and vibrant area for residents and visitors alike.
BMT was commissioned to review the opportunities and constraints of the area for a recreational marine transport system via:
Sustainability – The ferries needed to include an optimum low wash hullform to minimise vessel induced waves that may impact the safety of other water users and reduce fuel consumption.
Innovation – The 50 passenger ferries were developed with the option for outdoor, as well as indoor seating, reflecting the principal use of these vessels for evening activity and during the cooler winter months.
Added Value – The planning team provided high level architectural concepts offering early insight into how the system may relate to the coastal environment and urban area. As in all BMT’s marine transport work, significant effort was spent of creating a consistent and efficient pier layout.
SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport provides speedy ferry service for transfer passengers. BMT was responsible for the ferry pontoons that act as the principal interface for passengers and baggage.
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.
Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter is a major working harbour and tourism node, and the Hong Kong Government has sought to improve the amenities and access to the coastal and water areas. In order to address marine issues BMT conducted a traffic study to support its tourism development.
BMT was engaged by the Bunbury Port Authority in 2004 and again in 2007 to manage maintenance dredging works undertaken in the harbour and channel areas of the Port.