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Mass Highway Department - CA/T
Boston, MA

Bourne Consulting Engineering was retained to design the aluminum gangways, ramps and platform systems associated with a new ferry terminal at Lovejoy Wharf which was part of the Central Artery mitigation condition and was to provide passenger ferry service from North Station to South Station. Work included providing all design calculations and construction drawings for this facility as well as design of railing systems on the barge and on the upland landing.

Metropolitan District Commission
South Boston, MA

Bourne Consulting Engineering has been retained as part of the design team for MDC's Back to the Beaches project at South Boston Beaches. This project (among other things) calls for the construction of a dock facility at the end of Kelly's Landing that will provide full accessibility in accordance with ADA and MAAB. Specifically, Bourne Consulting Engineering will be responsible for the design of the float and mooring piles as well as the design of the gangways, ramps and platform systems to meet requirements of these regulatory agencies. Design calls for full aluminum gangway, ramp and platform system on a steel barge with perimeter fendering for a small vessel docking facility.

Water Transportation Alternatives, Inc.
Quincy and Boston, Mass.

Bourne Consulting Engineering worked closely with WTAI in the development of ferry terminals in Quincy and Boston including performing all permitting and development of the gangways, ramp and platform system to provide ADA accessibility and to meet the new Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) regulations imposed in February 1996. Specific features of these designs included extra-wide gangways and ramp systems, direct access from vessel to shore side without switchbacks and the utilization of long gangways to insure easy transition of all passengers with and without disabilities.

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority
East Boston, MA

Bourne Consulting Engineering was retained by the contractor to perform the final design of modular floating dock facilities at East Boston for cross-harbor shuttle to be operated by the MBTA. Bourne Consulting provided stamped calculations and drawings to meet the performance requirements for this facility on the modular docks including their connections, fendering system and mooring attachments. Work also included providing shop drawings for the perimeter handrail system. Work was performed under "fast-track" schedule to meet the owners requirement for service in August 1995.

State of Maine DOT
Long Island, Maine

Bourne Consulting Engineering, in association with TAMS, Inc., was retained by Maine Department of Transportation to do a ferry site analysis and for the design of a new ferry terminal at Long Island in Casco Bay, Maine. The study called for the evaluation of the existing ferry facilities to handle both passengers and vehicles. The study evaluated both physical features including upland support area, draft, natural protection, as well as environmental issues including wind and wave impacts, eel grass and dredging. Bourne Consulting Engineering was responsible for the ferry berthing system, ferry alignment and evaluation of freeboards for vehicle transfer and a wave barrier system to protect a town float. Bourne Consulting Engineering's work included preparation of contract drawings and specifications, construction cost estimate and construction review services.

State of Maine DOT
Matinicus, ME

Bourne Consulting Engineering, in association with TAMS, Inc., performed a study of alternative ferry sites for the island of Matinicus in outer Penobscot Bay, Maine. The purpose of the study was to locate the optimum site that would meet the requirements of the Maine Transportation Ferry Services Fleet, as well as the islander's needs. Study included the evaluation of an existing slip which was narrow with a shallow draft with a relatively long approach. This draft was hazardous to the ferry operators because it allowed ferry landings only at high water. Alternate sites looked at more extensive operating ranges, protection from weather, proximity to the Town and adequacy of upland area to support the terminal parking needs. The study also evaluated draft restrictions, site exposure, proximity to the developed center of the island and the availability of lands. End product of the study was the selection of an alternate site which could provide vessel berthing at all tide cycles, maintained its location within the development center of the island and was accessible at all times except during the most severe weather conditions when ferry service would not be operational anyway.

Riverfront Recapture, Inc.
East Hartford, CT

Bourne Consulting Engineering was retained to assist in the planning and to perform the design of a new ferry berthing facility as part of an overall riverwalk project connecting downtown Hartford to the Connecticut River. Final design called for an over 400 foot-long bulkhead sufficient for berthing three or more vessels alongside. Design incorporated full ADA accessibility at all normal river stages. A system was also designed to withstand the annual ice and flooding conditions that are present on the Connecticut River including river flooding heights of 30 feet above normal low river stage.

Casco Bay Ferry Service (CBITD)
Portland, ME

Bourne Consulting Engineering was retained by the Casco Bay Island Transit District for the design of a berthing dock and access gangway for their new water shuttle "Quickwater". The design called for a layout that had to fit with the current ferry operations and included float design, mooring pile design and access gangway with approach walkway. Because of the immediate need to bring this service online, the client required engineering support for the design and permit applications at an expedited schedule.

State of Maine DOT
Augusta, ME

Bourne Consulting Engineering, in association with TAMS, Inc., was retained by the Maine Department of Transportation for the design of a new ferry terminal to replace the existing one. Design called for installation of six fendering dolphins to accommodate their new standard ferry service to North Haven. An important element of the design was to maintain ferry service throughout the reconstruction process so that no loss of service would be felt by the island community. The project included additional pier area to accommodate parking and vehicle stacking for the ferry in a very tight downtown area. The design was also performed in a manner to accommodate all of Maine State ferries fleet with a special focus on the ferry "Captain Neil Burgess" which is dedicated to the island service. Berthing dolphins consisted of concrete dolphins with pile supported anchor. Rock anchors were installed to insure stability on the shallow bedrock that exists. Bourne Consulting Engineering was involved in the planning and layout of the new terminal in a very crowded harbor area. The preparation of contract drawings and specifications and the engineering review of contractor submittals.

State of Maine DOT
Lincolnville, ME

As project manager, Mr. Bourne was responsible for the design of a new ferry berthing facility at the Town of Lincolnville for the Maine DOT. The project consisted of evaluation of alternative fendering requirements to accommodate the new ferry "Margaret Chase Smith". This ferry, which was substantially larger than the previous ferry and of a different configuration required special planning and assessment to make the transition between ferries and operations without interrupting ferry service which was up to eight times a day. Other specific issues include substantially different vessel freeboards which resulted in modifications to the transfer bridge. Evaluation included development of a system to allow for the full operational range for the new ferry. Design consisted of two berthing dolphins, two side dolphins and two turning dolphins. This was the first design for Maine DOT utilizing independent dolphins structures rather than ferry pens for their largest ferries. Fender facing utilized prefabricated panels faced with ultra-high UHMV polyethylene for reduction of frictional forces on the dolphins. Mr. Bourne was responsible for all aspects of the project to the client including contractual obligations, planning and design, contract documents and construction services. This project was experience of Mr. Bourne prior to formation of Bourne Consulting Engineering.

State of Maine DOT
Isleboro, ME

This project called for the reconstruction of existing ferry berthing pen to accommodate a larger ferry in a different bow/stern configuration. Mr. Bourne was responsible for evaluating the existing ferry pen for the new ferry and determining the cost of modifying versus reconstruction of the berth. Analysis indicated that a new fender system work was more cost effective than attempting to modify the existing design. Design was made utilizing independent dolphin rather than a ferry pen concept. The dolphins were constructed of concrete on pipe piles that are rock anchored to the relatively shallow bedrock. Computer analysis was performed to insure the operating characteristics of the dolphins during significant berth impacts. Mr. Bourne was responsible for all aspects of the project including planning, layout and design, contract documents and construction services. This project was experience of Mr. Bourne prior to formation of Bourne Consulting Engineering.

Commonwealth Flats Limited Partnership
So. Boston, MA

Bourne Consulting Engineering, in association with TAMS, Inc., assisted in the layout and development of preliminary design drawings for a full, ADA-accessible, passenger-ferry terminal for the World Trade Center Facility in South Boston. Work consisted of the identification of float layout and mooring layout of gangways and ramps to achieve ADA accessibility. Stamped Chapter 91 License drawings were provided for the client for submission to DEP Waterways.

City of Portland
Portland, ME

Mr. Bourne was project manager/project engineer for the construction of a new Casco Bay Ferry Terminal in Portland, ME. The new terminal is a state-of-the-art terminal which replaced a dilapidated, decentralized operation. In charge of the waterfront aspects of the project, Mr. Bourne's design included pedestrian access to three passenger ferry slips, a freight access ramp, as well as a vehicle access ramp. Design included rehabilitation of a portion of the Maine State Pier in Portland to accommodate the Terminal waiting area (also part of the design). Mr. Bourne was also responsible for the new vehicle transfer bridge support and pontoon system. Mr. Bourne was responsible for all aspects of the project including site assessment, assisting the architect in planning and layout of the building, preparation of contract documents and providing construction services. The work performed on this project by Mr. Bourne was prior to the formation of Bourne Consulting Engineering.

Belford Harbor, Monmouth County
Monmouth, New Jersey

Bourne Consulting Engineering, in assisting TAMS, Inc., helped in the planning and design of a new passenger and ferry terminal proposed for Monmouth, New Jersey. Work consisted of evaluation of existing site, identification of inner harbor constraints, development of ferry docking layout and incorporation of ramps and gangways to accommodate ADA accessibility requirements.

So. Boston, MA

Bourne Consulting Engineering was retained by EDIC/Boston to perform planning and develop a schematic design for a RO/RO ferry operation that would support ocean going RO/RO ferries sailing to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Service included layout of the ferry berthing with incorporation of local inner harbor ferry operations, upland planning issues including vehicle stacking, security requirements for customs and immigration, as well as vehicle stacking for vessel loading.

Lynn, MA

Bourne Consulting Engineering was retained by DEM to perform the layout and preliminary design for a passenger ferry terminal in Lynn Harbor. The proposed project consisted of laying out for 4-6 vessels, preparation of permit drawings and preparation of contract documents for the first phase of work. First phase of work consisted of dredging and performing shore protection with Ferry Berthing facilities to follow in a later phase. Bourne Consulting Engineering was responsible for layout, determinations of shore protection required, dredging, dredge disposal, preparation of permit approvals for the total project, preparation of contract documents and construction supervision.

Metropolitan Planning Organization
Pensacola, Florida

Bourne Consulting Engineering was selected by the Metropolitan Planning Organization to prepare a Feasibility Study and a Plan for Implementation for a potential new passenger ferry service in Pensacola Bay. Bourne Consulting identified and analyzed the ridership markets, determined market sizes, identified ferry-landing points, developed a fare structure, determined vessel operational issues and determined that the creation of a ferry service in Pensacola Bay was feasible. Based on the successful feasibility study, Bourne Consulting developed a Plan for Implementation, including defining ferry-landing requirements for layout, cost and regulatory approval impacts. BCE oversaw the development of the ferry operation model which defined the number and type of ferries, recommended fare structure, ferry management system and identification of potential funding sources for capital improvements. The Plan for Implementation included the development of an action plan that defined the steps required to bring the ferry service to operation and defined the operation schedule for the first 12 months.

Labella Associates
Rochester, NY

This project consisted of performing for the inspection, analysis and design of all the marine elements of a new international fast ferry landing and transient marina. The ferry terminal required that 2,000 lf of bulkhead be rehabilitated in addition to the vehicle transfer system, mooring system, fender system, excursion vessel berthing and a new bulkheaded embayment for the transient marine. The work included channel dredging, channel deauthorization and river hydraulic analysis. The project is phased which required temporary ferry berthing facilities in a different location that are to be utilized in the final configuration. Bourne Consulting Engineering was responsible for all marine elements of this project as a sub-consultant to Labella Associates, P.C. in association with BTA Architects.


Bourne Consulting Engineering was retained by the Ministry of Works and Engineering as the lead consultant for the design of the replacement and upgrading of its ferry landing facilities. The changes were necessitated by the need to accommodate high-speed catamarans giving improved headways and shorter passenger transit times. BCE provided the Government of Bermuda with designs with more efficient land side connections at the five existing sites, three new landing sites and at the ferry maintenance and overnight berthing area. All sites are now ADA compliant and provide safer landings for the operators as well as for the public utilizing the service. Sensitivity to environmental issues and landing facility aesthetics also played a major role in these designs.