Port of New Bedford

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Special Announcement

 Mooring payments are due 4/15/17!






Harbor Development Commission

The HDC is working for you!


Harbor Development Commission Organization

Port Director and HDC Executive Director
Edward Anthes-Washburn

HDC Commissioners:
Mayor Jonathan F. Mitchell, Chairman
Dr. Brian Rothschild, Vice Chairman
Patricia Lareau, Treasurer
Davis Sullivan, Clerk
Richie Canastra
James Dwyer

About the Harbor Development Commission

The HDC is the governing body for New Bedford’s harbor and city-owned waterfront properties. It is chaired by the Mayor of New Bedford with six other members. The role of the HDC is to support the Port of New Bedford by continually upgrading port resources; preserving its spot as the #1 U.S. fishing port; and expanding the New Bedford economy.

The HDC oversees all the commercial and recreational vessel activity within New Bedford city limits, incorporating the city’s entire coastline and harbor. The HDC manages all municipal property on the waterfront, including multiple wharves and a 198-slip recreational marina at Pope’s Island. The Commission also assigns moorings within city waters and issues permits for harbor events and use of city-owned waterfront facilities.  

Be sure to see our Harbor Brochure.

The HDC also wishes to thank the fine photographers who gave us the right to use their beautiful photography throughout this site: Karen Alves at  Design Principles, Captain Robert Bouley, Michael Estabrook, Deborah Hynes, and  John K. Robson.

Take a tour of the HDC

This explains the pages listed below:

  • About the HDC offers the Mission Statement, The New Beford / Fairhaven Harbor Plan and the HDC Operations Plan
  • HDC Operations covers everything the HDC manages from, wharves, piers, docks, and marinas, to career opportunities
  • Permits for Waterfront Events has links to obtain forms
  • Current HDC Projects lists grant funding sources for the ongoing improvement of our Port
  • Policy Controls explains how the rules and regulations are administered
  • Rules and Regulations links you to the latest published edition
  • Studies provides the myriad of reports and white paper research about Harbor assets and potential markets
  • In the Press archives articles about the Port of New Bedford

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