Welcome back to Dock-tionary, where we help ferry fans learn how to speak boat. This month, we’re explaining the importance of pilings as a critical component of our terminal infrastructure.
Pilings refer to the large vertical structures, often made of wood, concrete, or steel, that are driven into the ground to provide support for structures built on top of them. Pilings play a crucial role in maintaining the infrastructure and ensuring the stability of our ferry terminals all across the Bay.
With our docks built over water, pilings guarantee that these structures can withstand the forces of nature, such as strong currents, tides, and potential impacts from vessels. Pilings are essential for the stability and longevity of our terminal structures, as they provide a solid foundation that helps to distribute the weight of the terminal evenly and prevent it from sinking or shifting overtime. They also help to protect the terminal from the erosive forces of the water, safeguarding against damage from waves and corrosion over time.
Additionally, our area is prone to seismic activity, making it essential for our ferry system's terminal facilities to be resilient and able to withstand potential earthquakes. Properly installed and maintained pilings can significantly enhance the structural integrity of the terminals, minimizing the risk of damage during seismic events.
The next time you are onboard a ferry, see how many terminal pilings you can spot as you arrive or depart from the terminal as we make it a point to properly maintain these crucial pieces of infrastructure so we can continue providing the best way to cross the Bay!