Port of New Bedford

America's #1 Fishing Port

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New Bedford Harbor Welcomes You

located on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts on Buzzards Bay

Our authentic New England Seaport supports a unique blend of commercial and recreational boats! Imagine rowing crews thriving next to fishing vessels. Freighters, ferries, cruise ships, excursion and recreational boats are all welcome in our Harbor.

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About the Port of New Bedford

Our Harbor is the city's greatest natural resource, economically and historically. Find out what makes our Harbor so special and the City so remarkable. You'll see all the agencies that keep the Port and City running. Read about the EPA Clean up and how it might affect you.

New Bedford Port Authority

The NBPA is the governing body for the Harbor and city-owned waterfront properties. Learn how the NBPA works to upgrade Port resources, preserve the Port's status as America's #1 fishing port, and expand the local economy.

Commercial Fishing

From using our facilities to a complete directory of port services, find everything you need including permits, dockage rates, harbor map, wharves etc. We're proud of the role we play to support our fishing industry.


Shippers know the Port of New Bedford has easy access to global markets, world-class intermodal connections and distribution facilities. Learn about our Trade Summit and Meximar, direct shipping to Tuxpan, Mexico.

Recreational Boating

Boaters are in for a treat with unparalleled facilities and services. Find everything you need to navigate our waters from rental moorings to dinghy docks as well as a complete guide to visiting our Harbor.

Cruise Lines

Passengers and Operators – find what you need to make your visit to the Port of New Bedford an unforgettable experience: Tourist information: city maps; attractions; cruise terminal services and more.

Ferries & Excursion Boats

Why deal with Cape traffic to get to Martha';s Vineyard? We have ferry service to the Vineyard and Cuttyhunk (with convenient parking!). Staying local? Take a harbor tour or go sport fishing. Use our Guide to New Bedford to see what's happening.

Harbor Map & Brochure

If you are a recreational boater, download our new Harbor Brochure. You'll find everything you need to plan your trip and enjoy your stay, including a map our of mooring fields, downtown, and services.

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