Port of New Bedford

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Port Services

Unparalleled marine and maritime services

The Port of New Bedford has been a fully functioning international trade port for over three centuries. The fabric of the Port and the City have been interwoven for generations. As such, the Port boasts an almost inexhaustible talent pool of marine and maritime services. Many of the current Port businesses have been a part of the community for decades and are staffed by third and fourth generation purveyors.

The Port of New Bedford is home to a number of ship repair yards and a full range of highly skilled marine specialty craftsmen that can handle virtually any vessel refit or repair. Dry dock facilities are available within the Port that can service vessels up to 1,100 long tons (displacement).

Ships chandleries are spread throughout the Port, supplying all manner of vessel and maritime repair equipment, supplies, and provisioning. Additionally, because of the intermodal nature of the Port, truck/vehicle repair, heavy equipment maintenance and repair facilities, and rail yard maintenance all exist in abundance.

Piloting services are a mainstay activity in the Port, which is serviced by the Northeast Marine Pilots Association. Escort vessels and tugs ply the waters of the Harbor and the Bay beyond, providing safe passage for any vessels requiring or requesting services. Marine cranes and crane operators in the Port are available 24/7 to accommodate all manner of unloading and lifting, both on the terminals and in the Harbor. Stevedoring has been a way of life in New Bedford for generations, and (unique to New Bedford) many of the Stevedore craft live within walking distance of the Port, making them available within a moment’s notice. The Port has an active and affordable labor force which service the Port 24/7 (and local Teamsters and ILA representation).

Port Services

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  • Civil/ Marine Engineers
  • Crane Services
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Engines/ Diesel Repair
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Exporters
  • Food Distributors
  • Pilotage Services
  • Shipyards
  • Tugboats/ Docking Masters
  • Marine Surveyors
  • Fuel Lightering
  • Importers
  • Customs Brokers
  • Marine Electronic Equipment
  • Marine Insurance
  • Railway Service
  • Stevedoring Contractors
  • US Customs and FDA Officials and Onsite
  • Clearance Capabilities
  • Trash Services and Sewer/Water Connections

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