Hingham Ferry Dock
The present dock situated in the historical Hingham Shipyard is not a typical design for a permanent marine system and was built with an expected life of 10 to 15 years, depending on local environmental conditions and maintenance work. The floats′ life span has long expired and they were severely damaged due to loads and corrosion to the extent that some of them are taking water causing dock failure.
The system is comprised of ten 10′x40′ Shugart steel floats aligned in two rows. In order to keep the dock in revenue in recent years, the float segments have undergone numerous repairs and/or replacement, including two major repairs in February 2010 and May 2011.
Currently the MBTA operates its Hingham Commuter Boat and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) operates boats for Boston Harbor Islands (BHI) from the dock and a large parking lot immediately to the south is available for the commuters.
The MBTA has consulted two independent engineering firms which have recommended that the floats be replaced with a new permanent docking system that can better meet the needs of the local operations. The MBTA has been presented with three design alternatives fulfilling this role which are American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
It will take a minimum of two years to design and construct a new dock, contingent upon funding. Meanwhile, the ferry activity takes place at an adjacent pier under a berthing operating agreement with BHC.
The new dock together with the new Intermodal Center will provide a new, improved ferry system, increasing public access to waterfront areas and promoting the use of public transportation in a newly developed area on the site.