Antigua is one of the most popular destinations for Eastern Caribbean cruises, and cruise lines carry tourists to visit St. John’s Bay year round.
Moffatt & Nichol provided engineering services for the planning, design and construction of a new cruise ship pier to accommodate Oasis Class cruise ships. The pier is being delivered as a design-build project with Meridian Construction as the contractor and Moffatt & Nichol as the lead design engineer. Moffatt & Nichol completed initial planning and Met Ocean studies to develop design criteria for the pier. As part of the initial studies, Moffatt & Nichol managed the full bridge simulations at the STAR center in Dania Beach, FL to confirm the navigation and operational characteristics of the new pier. We provided preliminary engineering plans for review with the owner and the contractor, and we conducted mooring/berthing analyses to confirm the mooring hardware and fender systems. In addition, we completed dredging design based on the results of the ship simulations. Moffatt & Nichol prepared full construction documents and the project administration services to support the design-build delivery of the project.