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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 is working towards a solution which will satisfy the new operational needs, connect with the New Intermodal Center - in construction now, fit aesthetically and practically in the existing environment and will be American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
It will take a minimum one year to obtain all the environmental approvals and construct the new dock, contingent upon funding.
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