M/S HEBRIDEAN SKY MAKES PORT CALL IN NEW LONDON
First Passenger Cruise Ship to Dock in New London in Four Years
(New London) – The M/S Hebridean Sky docked in New London Monday making it the first passenger cruise ship to use the port of New London since 2014. Close to 100 passengers disembarked for a trip to Essex and a ride on the Essex Steam Train.
The ship is on a week-long cruise from New York to Halifax, Nova Scotia. New London was its first stop on the voyage.
New London is a city steeped in maritime heritage, but as a cruise ship destination it is also logistically convenient for ship operators, who find it easier to move passengers on inland excursions from New London in contrast with other east coast harbors.
“This day demonstrates Connecticut’s appeal to the cruise industry”, said Scott Bates, Chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority. “We are making investments in growing this economic opportunity for the people of Connecticut.”
“We are thrilled to share the beauty and accessibility of New London with the M/S Hebridean Sky’s passengers and crew,” said New London Mayor Michael Passero. “New London is a hidden gem in the northeast, and we look forward to many future returns.”
As the port authority continues its work to expand the capabilities of Connecticut’s major ports and small harbors, the authority’s leadership is looking to build on Connecticut’s coastal location as a natural asset worth re-investing in. The authority is in the process of researching redevelopment options at State Pier in New London and Fort Trumbull in the hope of expanding use of the port of New London by the cruise ship industry.
Local Waters. Global Solutions.
Connecticut is home to three deepwater ports (Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London) and a multitude of small harbors, rail lines, and interstate highways crisscrossing the state. Connecticut is uniquely located at the intersection of maritime access and distribution networks, and a thriving maritime industry in Connecticut means stronger economic growth across each of these assets.
The Connecticut Port Authority is overseeing new investments in infrastructure, dredging and intermodal terminal capabilities that are expanding the foundation of Connecticut’s maritime industry and building a thriving network of efficient, customizable transportation solutions.
Statement from Chairman Scott Bates on Electric Boat News
(Old Saybrook) – Today Governor Dannel Malloy announced a major new partnership with Electric Boat that will grow the company’s workforce to 13,000 and lead to capital investments of $800 million over the next 17 years.
The following statement was issued by Scott Bates the chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority:
“This investment advances the maritime economy of our state, strengthens the workforce and sets the stage for future success. Next up, revitalization of the working waterfront at State Pier.”
The Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program
The Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) will provide grants for the