Port of New Bedford

America's #1 Fishing Port

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Learn about the Port of New Bedford in the sections below:

The Port of New Bedford (the "Port") is a deepwater commercial port with easy access to the maritime corridor from the Massachusetts coast, located on the northwestern side of Buzzard’s Bay approximately nine nautical miles from the Cape Cod shipping canal, 83 miles south of Boston and 166 miles north of New York. The Port serves as the City’s greatest natural resource and most critical asset to stimulate investment, attract new industry, create jobs and develop a healthy economy.Over 4,400 people are employed by New Bedford's commercial port. New Bedford is the number one value fishing port in the nation generating economic activity in excess of $1 billion. The fishing fleet lands over 145 million pounds of products annually leveraging $241 million indirect sales.

In addition to commercial fishing, the Port supports a diverse market of cargo transport handling over $230 million in shipping of bulk commodities and break-bulk cargo. Barge operations move aggregate and break-bulk cargo to The Port of New Bedford (the "Port") is a deepwater commercial port with easy access to the maritime corridor from the Massachusetts coast, located on the northwestern side of Buzzard’s Bay approximately nine nautical miles from the Cape Cod shipping canal, 83 miles south of Boston and 166 miles north of New York. The Port serves as the City’s greatest natural resource and most critical asset to stimulate investment, attract new industry, create jobs and develop a healthy economy. Over 4,400 people are employed by New Bedford’s commercial port. New Bedford is the number one value fishing port in the nation generating economic activity in excess of $1 billion. The fishing fleet lands over 145 million pounds of product annually leveraging $241 million in direct sales.

In addition to commercial fishing, the Port supports a diverse market of cargo transport handling over $230 million in shipping of bulk commodities and break-bulk cargo. Barge operations move aggregate and break-bulk cargo to the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

The re-institution of coastal short sea shipping, the alternative to the Interstate-195 corridor and highway system for the movement of domestic freight, holds great opportunity for New Bedford to emerge as a critical hub in the distribution network. The maturing nexus between marine science and the fishing industry puts New Bedford on the forefront as a leader in marine education, research and technology.

Activities operating through the Port include:

Intermodal Transport: The Port currently has ship-to-truck access at multiple facilities supporting an active bulk and breakbulk shipping industry, ship-to-rail access is currently available at the North Terminal Area and New Bedford Marine Commerce Park will be the Off-shore Wind Energy Service Terminal. A regional airport lies just three miles away.

Bulk Cargo: From within the three Terminal Areas, the Port host several major building materials transport businesses which ship sand, gravel, fuel, and other bulk materials to the offshore Islands and other Ports in the Region.

Break-bulk Cargo: The Port transports between 60,000 to 150,000 tons of break bulk commodities: 4.5 million cubic feet of cold storage (183,000 square feet) and an 80,000 square foot heated warehouse.

Containerized Caro: The Port offers more than adequate staging facilities for the transport of containerized cargo.  Up to 500 containers can be stored on site at State Pier with over 50 acres of storage available off site.

Project Cargo: The Port's facilities offer the capacity to accommodate project cargo transport and heavy lifts.  Recently, the Port of New Bedford accommodated the transport of two 100-ton and one 150-ton turbines barged from Albany and transported to a power plant in Dartmouth, MA.

Ro/Ro Cargo: New Bedford State Pier is equipped with a Ro-Ro Ramp to support the transport of various roll-on/roll-off cargo loads.

Fishing Fleet: The Port hosts a commercial fleet of 500 fishing vessels and supports over 200 fishing related industries from processors to some of the largest freezer facilities on the East Coast U.S.

Ferry and Cruise Operations: The Port hosts two-inter island ferry services and over 20 cruise ship visits per season, making Port of New Bedford one of the most visited passenger ports in Massachusetts and the Northeast U.S.

Vessel Repair: The Port is home to numerous facilities that specialize in the maintenance and repair of large vessels and has one of the largest concentrations of shipwrights and vessel craftsmen in the Northeast.

Recreational Boating: The Port is actively attracting and hosting the recreational boating community. From whaleboat rowing clubs to fishing tournament, the Port is popular: eleven boating organization planned rendezvous in 2011 including the prestigious Cruising Club of America.

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