Coordinating Agencies & Organizations
The Harbor Development Commission (HDC) abides by external policies and/or regulations and coordinates with local, state and/or federal agencies as well as community organizations in order to implement projects and/or run its operations. The following sections provide background information on each of the coordinating agencies/organizations by the following sub-operations:
Safety and Security
The HDC is the designated governing authority of the Port by the Massachusetts General Court under Chapter 762 of the Acts of 1957.The New Bedford Harbor Master officials act as an agent of the HDC who are responsible for maintenance of all HDC facilities and enforces local laws relating to marine environmental protection, negligent boat operation and general use of the watersheet. The Harbor Master officials also operate the boat waste pump-out facilities (at no cost, in accordance with state environmental regulations), conduct emergency pumping of boats when sinking at the dock or out on the Harbor, and are responsible for clear access (snow removal) to all HDC landside facilities. The Harbor Master officials also reserve the right to issue parking violations within HDC facilities.
The U.S. Coast Guard, State Environmental Police, New Bedford Port Security Unit all have a strong presence in the Port and aim to protect the interests of maritime commerce.
The HDC supports local maritime businesses and encourages responsible waste management through the operation and maintenance of port waste facilities. Also, the HDC monitors the waterfront for oil spills and floating debris daily, and ensures that operational activities do not interfere with natural resources. The HDC is also responsible for containing spills. If a vessel is damaged, sinks, or otherwise spills oil in New Bedford Harbor, the HDC will use a 110 foot oil boom to isolate and contain persistent and non-persistent substances.
The HDC coordinates and works with the following agencies:
- New Bedford Conservation Commission
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game - Division of Marine Fisheries
- National Park Service
Planning, Development, and Tourism
In 2010, the HDC lead a large team of officials and professionals who revised and submitted the master New Bedford / Fairhaven Harbor Plan 2010 to the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). The plan was accepted and approved by the EEA Secretary.
The HDC also coordinates and works with the following municipal and state department offices and agencies::
- City of New Bedford Planning Office
- New Bedford Economic Development Council
- The New Bedford Office of Tourism and Marketing
- New Bedford Parks & Recreation Department
- MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Office of Ocean & Coastal Management
- Seaport Advisory Council
Local Cultural/Historical Organizations
The HDC coordinates and works with the following groups: