Port of New Bedford

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New Bedford Port Authority

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New Bedford Port Authority Organization

Port Director and NBPA Executive Director
Edward Anthes-Washburn

NBPA Commissioners:
Mayor Jonathan F. Mitchell, Chairman
Dr. Brian Rothschild, Vice Chairman
Joseph Tavares, Treasurer
Davis Sullivan, Secretary
Richie Canastra
James Dwyer                                                                                                                      Patricia Lareau


About the New Bedford Port Authority

The NBPA 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 NBPA 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 NBPA oversees all the commercial and recreational vessel activity within New Bedford city limits, incorporating the city’s entire coastline and harbor. The NBPA 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 NBPA 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 NBPA

This explains the pages listed below:

  • About the NBPA offers the Mission Statement, The New Beford / Fairhaven Harbor Plan and the NBPA Operations Plan
  • NBPA Operations covers everything the NBPA manages from, wharves, piers, docks, and marinas, to career opportunities
  • Permits for Waterfront Events has links to obtain forms
  • Current NBPA 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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