CASE STUDY: HOW ECOCOAST HELPED BAM INTERNATIONAL DELIVER THE SIR BANI YAS CRUISE BEACH JETTY
Sir Bani Yas Island is a nature-based destination that is perhaps the crown jewel in Abu Dhabi’s tourism offerings, with stunning wildlife, a range of adventure activities, historical monuments and several five-star boutique hotels and luxury villas available to guests.
With more than half of the island made up of the Arabian Wildlife Park (one of the region’s largest wildlife reserves), and home to 17,000 free-roaming animals, including Arabian oryx, gazelles, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs, the island is a huge tourist drawcard, and as a result is home to the Middle East’s first and only dedicated cruise beach stopover destination.
Disembarking passengers can partake in a relaxing day on the desert island beach or discover the island’s attractions via its Welcome Centre. The 1.2-kilometre stretch of cruise passenger beach features VIP, family, and standard sections, along with 2,000 guest sunbeds and umbrellas, VIP cabanas that can accommodate up to four guests at a time and is served by its own bar and restaurant.
Given the high-profile nature of the project, BAM International was contracted, on a design and build basis, for the construction of a new cruise jetty at Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach. This expansion of the existing facilities will allow two vessels to dock at any given time and provide up to 5,000 passengers with direct access to embark and disembark at an accelerated rate on the southeast beach of the island.
Aids to Navigation: Offering & challenges
Ecocoast was contracted by BAM International to endorse the Aids to Navigation (AtoN) design and layout, while also assisting with the deployment, testing and commissioning of the AtoN. Furthermore, Ecocoast also supplied the equipment required for the successful completion of the project.
As part of our role on the project, the team studied closely the layout, location and environmental conditions so as to propose the right buoy models, mooring systems, and monitoring system for the approach channel to the Jetty.
To that end, we provided GBP-1800 buoys, with lanterns and mooring systems, for the project. In addition, a fixed marker pole was also attached.
The GBP-1800s are manufactured from strong, durable, UV-stabilised virgin polyethylene, pre-compounded to reduce colour ageing and with expanded polystyrene (EPS) foaming. EPS foaming offers many advantages, such as higher buoyancy, higher impact resistance, 95% water tightness and no impact on the environment.
With the AtoN package being installed to ensure the safe navigation of cruise vessels into and out of the jetty, it was essential that the project was delivered correctly and to a sufficiently high standard.
However, in order to achieve these high standards, there were several challenges that needed to be overcome, with the chief one being that it was an unmanned jetty. This required us to provide remote monitoring systems and AIS Systems.
Furthermore, due to the remote offshore location, we needed to send across a team of support engineers to the island to assist BAM International with commissioning and testing. The project team also worked with BAM to get product and layout approvals from ADNOC and Abu Dhabi Ports.
Despite these challenges, the products were delivered on time and Ecocoast was able to assist BAM International with design, and with the approvals up to testing and commissioning. This resulted in positive feedback from both BAM International and their client, with both expressing their contentment with Ecocoast’s products and services. Get in touch to know more.