The new marine mode is part of Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) efforts to introduce new patterns of water transport in the emirate as an additional & express mode integrated with other transit modes in the emirate.
“This Project is part of the master study and the Strategic Plan developed by the RTA to upgrade marine transport in the emirate,”
said Mattar Al-Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA in a press conference held yesterday to unveil this project.
He further added: “The project aims to meet aspirations & requirements of a new segment of the community and provide coverage in areas previously uncovered by marine transit system. The plan will be carried out over several phases in a specific timetable. It spans the Creek & coastal line of Jumeirah Beach to serve tourists in the emirate, and link downtown area with Nakheel projects (The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali, The Palm Deira, and The World).
“Ferry Dubai is the third project envisaged in the Strategic Plan of the RTA, following the Water Bus and the Water Taxi in addition to renovation of abras. It aims to uplift the level of marine transit services rendered by the RTA and thus catch up with the rapid growth witnessed by the emirate of Dubai. The Project also seeks to provide secure transit services for wide sectors of the community across Dubai Creek, water canals and maritime projects. RTA is keen to establish linkage and integration between transit modes in the emirate such as Dubai Metro, Public Transport and Taxis. Providing swift transit services is driven by the need to reduce the average waiting time of passengers, and improve the linkage & integration of public transport services”, said Al Tayer.
He elaborated on the specifications of the project by saying: “Ferry Dubai has a spectacular design, a dual base (Catamaran Low Wash), an air-conditioned interior, and comfortable seating for 100 passengers (84 seats as economy class, 14 seats as business class and 2 seats for people with special needs). Ferry Dubai will be fitted with 3 LCD & DVD monitors, 3 toilets (for men, women and special need persons), and a kiosk for selling gift items and snacks. Ferry Dubai extends 32 meters in length and 7.2 meters in width, and has a designed speed of up to 24 knots per hour. Each boat weighs around 20 tons and is fitted twin diesel engines of 450 hp.
“In the first phase RTA will operate 10 ferries covering 4 key stations which include Gold Souk Station, Union Square Station, City Center Station and Al-Ghubaiba Station. Phase II will cover Dubai Creek extensions, following completion of the new bridges. In subsequent phases there will be plans to extend the service to link with Dubai Maritime City, the emirate of Sharjah, The Palm islands, The World and The Waterfront. The project, which is set to be completed in June 2010, is expected to ferry around 3 million passengers in the initial year.
Mr. Al Tayer concluded by saying, “Selection of the final design was made following a worldwide international contest attracting extensive participation from a host of companies specialized in boat designing from Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as leading local companies. The competition aimed to assemble the largest possible collection of diverse designs so as to enable selection & endorse the best and final design of Ferry Dubai”.
The press conference was attended by Mr. Mohammed Obaid Al-Mulla, CEO of RTA Marine Agency, Mr. Khaled Al-Zahed, Director of Marine Projects Dep’t, Mr.Hussain Al-Saffar, Director of Operation & Maintenance Dep’t, Mr.Sultan Musabbeh Al-Kutbi, Director of Registration & Licensing Dep’t at RTA Marine Agency, along with Ms.Laila Mohammed Taher, Director of RTA Executive Office, Mr.Peyman Younes Parham, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communication Dep’t, and several other directors of the RTA.
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