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 environment conditions. The floats' life span has expired and they have been damaged due to loads and corrosion to the extent that they need to be replaced.
The system is compromised of ten 10' X 40' Shugart steel floats aligned in two rows. In order to keep the dock in use 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. A large parking lot immediately to the south is available for the commuters.
The MBTA is working towards a solution for replacement of the dock which will satisfy the operational needs, connect with the new Hingham Intermodal Center opening in 2016, fit aesthetically and practically in the existing environment, and which will be American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.
It will take a minimum of two years to obtain all the environmental approvals and construct the new dock, contingent upon funding.
The new dock together with the new Hingham 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.