International Marine Terminal

Portland, Maine


To transform this site from a small-scale ferry terminal to a containerized freight processing facility and enhance the facility's ability to handle heavy-lifting components for alternative renewable energies.

BCE Role

Provided civil & site engineering plans, stormwater management, regulatory permitting, cost estimating, construction services.

Originally developed in the 1920s as a deep water freight facility on the site of a former rail yard, this later became the home of a car ferry which travelled between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The site was eventually improved for container freight operations and has served various special freight and transient berthing functions ever since. While the majority of freight activity involves water-borne trans port, the site is also used for truck to truck transfer of domestic freight.

Project Highlights

  • 14 acres directly under and adjacent to Casco Bay Bridge
  • Strengthened 4 acres of soils for container storage
  • Replaced 296 parking spaces with container storage area
  • Constructed 3,300 sf administrative office building serving freight and US Customs staff
  • Designed site entrance and wharf ramps to allow for movement of 160 foot long wind turbine components

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Team Members

  • Haley & Aldrich
  • Winton Scott Architects
  • Northstar Hydro
  • Becker Structural Engineers
  • Bartlett Design

Municipal Reference

  • David Margolis-Pineo, City Engineer

Start to Completion Date

  • Aug, 2010 to Dec, 2012

Construction Fee

  • $5 Million

BCE Services Provided

  • Grading & Drainage Design
  • Regulatory Permitting
  • Construction Drawings
  • Stormwater Management
  • Specifications
  • Project Management
  • Utility Plan