Potential In Ports

New Haven port

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the completion of the Connecticut Deep Water Port Strategy Study yesterday – an effort that was commissioned by the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to guide the development of a long-term economic development strategy for the deep water ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London.

The study makes recommendations to protect existing commercial operations at these ports, and identifies new opportunities for business growth.

Just the idea that the Governor commissioned such a report and announced its findings (via the press release that we are largely copying and pasting from in this article) is big news for both boaters and the boating industry in the state. This effort means that the state’s top official is serious about looking into how we can make the most out of some of New England’s greatest resources.

Catherine Smith, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), agrees. Smith is quoted in the state’s press release as saying, “Connecticut’s maritime sector accounts for tens of thousands of Connecticut jobs and represents $5 billion in economic activity for the state. Examining how to enhance growth and investment in this industry could be part of economic recovery.”
The report specifies four existing sectors in need of retention and expansion efforts:

  • Liquid bulk and related energy uses at all three deep water ports
  • Shipyard and ship repair services at all three deep water ports
  • Private ferry services at Bridgeport and New London ports
  • Dry cargo at New Haven and New London ports
The report also identifies opportunities for growth:
  • Scrap metal exports from New Haven
  • Wood pellet exports from New London
  • Lumber, copper, and steel imports to New Haven or New London
  • Fresh food imports to New Haven and New London

We’ll be keeping an eye on this process to see what, if anything, comes of the effort by the state.

Photo courtesy of the City of New Haven / cityofnewhaven.com.